In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
True to its name, On Time Carpet Service’s technicians guarantee they’ll arrive on schedule. But while they may be obsessed with time, they never rush through a carpet-cleaning session, making sure they do the job thoroughly and well every time. A premium option, the Rotovac 360 carpet cleaning system’s spinning brushes lift dirt and dust mites from deep down in carpet fibers, while blowers target just-cleaned areas to minimize drying time to just 3–4 hours. The staff can also clean tile, car interiors—even RVs—and leather couches, ottomans, or mattresses.
Cleaning Frenzy uses environmentally friendly products and techniques to skillfully lift dirt and stains from customers' carpets without tracking dingy carbon footprints through the globe's cool blue-and-green digs. Recognized by Daisy, the Shih Tzu mascot plastered to the side of its service vans, Cleaning Frenzy is skilled at removing even the most stubborn pet stains and embarrassing evidence of failed paw-painting projects. Not only does carpet cleaning have the aesthetic benefit of eliminating eyesores from the floor, it also supports a healthier living environment, terminating dirty germs, dust mites, allergens, and carpet's incessant nagging about your driving etiquette.
Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
Inspired and informed by her time spent in Rio de Janeiro, owner Carolyn Maloney takes care in selecting stylish jewelry, decorative home accessories, fun hooks and knobs, vibrant lighting fixtures and candle holders, and beautiful textiles that will elegantly samba through your home and bossa nova in your wardrobe. Give a room a warm glow with a vintage cowgirl candle ($18), or let your collarbones glow with a glam six-strand necklace ($24). For an addition to your home that will never forget to brush its teeth, pick up a shabby chic bird vanity mirror, made with special glass that adapts to whatever room it inhabits ($32).