FastFrame’s certified, professional framers encapsulate a range of photos, prints, diplomas, and sports memorabilia, preserving them with skilled craftsmanship and custom artistry. Many projects start at around $100, but prices vary greatly, depending on size, scope, and if the framed goods are pilfered from the Louvre. Openly browse through the store's 2,000+ collection of frames, including classic guilds, ornate frames wearing a mantle of gold bedecked in raised flowers and vines, and the Funky and Fun wood frames spackled with a dense coating of glitter. FastFrame's preservationists also honor a 30-day guarantee on all custom designs, allowing owners to return pieces for a redesign if they don’t complement the tree house’s décor. All materials and workmanship are guaranteed for life.
Lakewood Photography's first flashbulbs popped in 1985, when Don and Mary Carico founded their studio. During the 27 years since, the snap shooters have surrounded themselves with a keen-eyed staff that artfully captures passing moments in time. They aim their lenses upon children, high-school seniors, families, and wedding groups weekly. Mary—endowed with digital magic—also puts her photography know-how to use retouching aging pictures. The studio also provides custom framing options, photo jewelry, and custom invitations, which allow party hosts to contact guests far more tastefully than writing impersonal emails or leaving way-too-personal scrawls on their glass shower doors.
Owner Robin Curtis and her dressy canine sidekick, Sadie, welcome guests into the cozy, flower-filled storefront of Aroma Garden Creations, where invigorating scents urge browsers to peruse the lace-lined shelves stocked with Robin's homemade soaps and toiletries. Glassware brimming with colorful bath salts send perfumed wafts of air through the boutique's selection of straw hats, jewelry, and wineglass koozies. Signs made from old barn wood depict catty sayings, and a pink claw-foot tub cradles a reclining mannequin, whose relaxed gaze lands on customer favorites such as oatmeal-peppermint soap and aromatic linen sprays. Robin can also ship special orders filled with her private collection of shea crèmes or Grammy's sugar scrubs, crafting perfect gifts for girlfriends in other states or just-out-of-reach bathtubs.
Crafts enthusiasts of all stripes connect with kindred spirits at Harmony Stained Glass, where they find supplies and classes for a variety of projects. Customers can create all manner of glass and metal designs with a wide selection of materials and tools, including Aanraku products, dragon-shaped stained glass patterns, and Skutt kilns. Instructors help students learn what they need to begin a new hobby in stained glass, glass-fusing, and wire wrapping, and students can display their handiwork on wrought-iron stands bought in the shop or swiped from colonial re-enactors.
Pearland Furniture’s collection of domestic outfittings from brands such as Broyhill, Ashley, and Howard Miller can imbue any living room, bedroom, or bedroom with a sense of homey tranquility and dignified panache. Slip into royal slumber atop a majestic queen-size mattress set ($749) from Pearland's mattress collection, or dream of overthrowing your closet's court jester with a plush, comfy pillow ($79). Elegant lamps ($189–$249) and other domestic accessories can complement an artful Broyhill sofa-and-loveseat set ($2,699) or shed light on a new table and set of four chairs ($447). The venerable emporium’s friendly sales staff readily answers questions, and its in-house decorator can help customers coordinate fabrics, furniture styles, and choral arrangements of wall-mounted singing fish.