There are almost too many ways to keep the sun from turning a sunroom into a sauna. At Blind by Mark, factory-trained technicians apply their in-depth knowledge and experience?honed over the company's 25-year history?of design and construction to accentuate windows with name-brand blinds, shades, and shutters or custom window coverings in a variety of styles. Whether choosing from woven jute and bamboo or designing dovetail-jointed wooden shutters, Blinds by Mark focuses on matching the interior's aesthetic while preventing UV rays and heat from giving the carpet an unwanted tan.
The staffers at Special Occasions Party Supply weave art out of air. Their balloon decorations spiral into multicolored columns, bend into archways, and form hanging hearts to garnish events ranging from birthday celebrations to bridal and baby showers. The family-owned business also outfits reception areas with tulle and matching tableware, sprucing up the setting to befit any celebration.
Decorating services are only one facet of their job, however. When they aren't prepping dance halls, they guide independent party planners through the shelves of their two supply stores. Batman- and Disney-princess-themed favors are on hand to charm children, Halloween costumes can conceal identities, and more than 38 solid colors of plates and napkins set attractive schemes. The bouquets of high-grade helium balloons are guaranteed to hover for at least five days. Patrons can also rent helium tanks with do-it-yourself balloon kits, which come with ribbons for each balloon and instructions for knitting sky-size safety nets.
Cozy Melts intoxicates the mind with the subtle scents of candles and warmers. A line of WoodWick candles make sounds like a crackling fire, whereas 100% soy candles provide a steady burn with a limited environmental impact. For scent lovers with a DIY streak, the shop also runs candle-making classes and offers glass-painting, pottery-making, and paint-your-own pottery sessions that let their creativity shine.
In the last 10 years, Picture It On Canvas's founder and CEO Bob McKeon has applied more than three decades of software-sales-management experience to create six Internet-based companies. With Picture It On Canvas now his primary focus, McKeon strives to appease all clients with approachable customer service and a no-questions-asked return policy. Picture It On Canvas takes customer-uploaded photographs and prints them on archival-quality material such as canvas, metal, and hand-chiseled slate, forging a durable keepsake for customers to hang on their walls or dangle from the grills of their automobiles. Buyers can also blend several images into a collage or divide one photograph into four color schemes with a kaleidoscopic piece of pop art.
A place to get creative in a variety of ways, Cozy Melts Art Workshop has been an artistic destination for Dayton area folks for a decade. Inside the bright studio, visitors can craft handmade scented candles or paint pottery or glass. Choosing from a long list of available scents, visitors make their own container candles at one of the studio's tables, melting the wax, setting the wick, and testing the flame with the help of a fire-breathing dragon. A large number of raw ceramic bisques are available for painting, and customers have a rainbow of glazes, brushes, sponges, and stencils at their disposal.
Since 1976, Keith and Betty Ketring have been combining their interests in woodworking and fine-art prints by preserving their clientele’s artworks and heirlooms with custom frames. Their inventory of framing materials includes a spectrum of moulding styles—from stark black to ornately carved and gilded—as well as conservation glass and a multitude of colorful mats.