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.
Lisa Marie, the founder of Creative Ambiance Events, recognizes that no two parties are alike, and so tailors her floral and decor services to meet each client’s needs. Having studied at design school in Boston and overseas at the Sorbonne, Lisa brings an artistic eye to her decoration business, planning and executing design schemes for weddings, bar mitzvahs, corporate events, and more. She works with a dedicated team to ensure that tables twinkle with candles and vases brim with hydrangeas instead of tears.
Since 1968, Jerry’s Artarama has stocked shelves with multitudes of tools and supplies and helped artists show off finished work with custom framing. The comprehensive inventory fulfills artists’ every need, featuring everything from acid-free blank stretched canvases to Lukas oil colors, which have been transmitting images to paper since 1862. Although prices vary depending on matting and glass choices, a custom frame can protect and showcase a diploma, favorite 8”x10,” or beloved box of cereal.
The photographic wizards at Winkflash test their equipment every day to ensure that their photo books, gifts, canvas prints, posters, and photo prints look crisp and clear. Photo prints come on Fuji Crystal Archive paper in either a glossy or a matte finish depending on the innate shininess of the people depicted. Shutterbugs have the option of adding a white border to prints, which classes up pictures of swear-word conventions, and Winkflash’s free back-printing service personalizes the dorsal side of photos with a few choice words chosen from the picture-side's thousand. The unlimited image storage available to Winkflash users is completely free, as is the image-sharing technology that makes it easy for recent vacationers to show their friends pictures of the inside of their car.
AudioGO is a bottomless virtual bookstore, abounding with dramatized audiobook recordings of bestselling, classic, and newly released works. Its online apparatus enables visitors to rifle through selections by category—including thrilling mysteries, fascinating autobiographies, and steamy romance novels—which they can choose to download immediately or order on CD. The bookseller also has exclusive rights to a comprehensive selection of unabridged Agatha Christie novels and a 38-title boxed set of The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare.
In addition to literature, the site features a variety of BBC radio productions, including radio-theatre shows and interviews with historical legends—from Roald Dahl talking about writing to Ben Franklin discussing his favourite recipe for low-fat muesli. Its original audio production of The Lincoln-Douglas Debates was even nominated for the Best Spoken Word Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards.
After capturing the photography bug at the historic Ferranti-Dege, Krzystyna Harber honed her skills and founded Vintage Girl Studio. Specializing in old-timey imagery, Harber creates traditional pinup prints that evoke famous, flirty portraits of yesteryear's starlets and Coke bottles. Each private photo shoot, whether vintage-themed or boudoir, takes place in an intimate, sunlit studio with hardwood flooring. Professional makeup artists and hairstylists spruce up pouts and coifs, helping women feel beautiful and confident in front of the camera's winking eye. A selection of packages allows subjects to commemorate their sessions with prints, digital files, or novelties inscribed with a sensual image.