Using one of the most advanced fabrication workstations in the world, CounterEdge harnesses digital design technology to forge stone countertops. Proliner digital templating equipment lets technicians capture dimensions and surface points for your countertop space, then create a fully rendered digital template that will be imported into the Fabcenter fabrication workstation. One of only five in the world, the Breton Fabcenter cuts, edges, and polishes each slab of igneous artwork, and can outfit countertops with sink cutouts that can accommodate sinks that spout water or sinks that dispense melted chocolate.
America's oldest cutlery shop, as noted by The Boston Phoenix, Stoddard's brandishes an assortment of sharp-edged products crafted around the globe. Customers may stop by the shop to pick up a work of cutlery such as a chef's knife ($37–$274), which can rest alongside magic wands or other blades inside a handy 12-piece chef's knife bag ($43). Bolster self-beautifying practices with grooming products such as Seki contour nail clippers ($21), or discover the lamb within every lion with a pair of Rubis pointed slant tip tweezers ($37). The Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp ($74), one of dozens of pocket knives, gives owners quick access to more than 20 practical features needed to repair a miniature boat inside a sealed bottle that is lodged in a block of wood.
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Renaissance Framing Gallery revivifies worn art and frames using careful, artisanal techniques. Skilled framesmiths freshly enshrine memory-encrusted jerseys ($250+) or diplomas ($115+), or restorers can enliven 8" x 10" oil paintings ($150) and the gold-leaf frames surrounding them ($85/hour including materials). Before and after photos show how restoration services make the Dark Ages skies brighter, Victorian skin alabastier, and dramatic gilds more dramatically gilt. The on-site experts scrub up gold-leaf frames and restore paper and canvas, turning lovely wall hangings into precious heirlooms. Installation services are also available for those preferring others' do-it-yourself methods.
The employees at Unique Furnishings Boston shepherd patrons through 10,000 square feet of antique, new, and preowned furniture and appliances encapsulating the evolving tastes from the 1950s to today. Staffers habitually refresh their inventory—which ranges from traditional, American-made furnishings to eclectic masterpieces—with new additions, such as a vintage armoire with an artfully framed mirror. Unique Furnishings Boston embraces a philosophy of sustainability by buying or trading quality used items before owners relocate or completely refurbish apartments due to a newly prescribed diet of entirely edible furniture.