Since 1999, Tadporters has been providing friendly framing services to all sorts of picture possessors, including fine artists, professional photographers, and Elvis Presley's Graceland. Owner and famed framer Michael D. Johnson is a perfectionist, treating each frame as an equally important soul mate to the art, picture, or document it surrounds. Recent grads can honor four years of hard work or hard liquor by accentuating their diploma in a frame of simple design starting at $100. A favored piece of art or Burton Gilliam photograph can be sealed in a chic border from $150 to $250, depending on the size, and a worthy sports jersey can get a spiffy frame job for under $350.
Avowal founder Wes Leyshon doesn’t compromise in his Arthurian quest for the Holy Grail that is sonic perfection. Since establishing Avowal in 2006, Leyshon has used state-of-the-art equipment and an ear that would make a noctuid moth jealous to mix and master music for the likes of Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin and American Idol’s David Cook (winner of season 7) and Katharine McPhee. More recently, his mix of 16 Frames’ “I’ll Be Better When You’re Gone” was used in the season five finale of MTV’s The Hills. After your 60 minutes on the mic ($35–$60) are up, Avowal’s engineers will fiddle with frequencies and dabble in dynamics as they mix together ($75) and master ($35) the best takes—creating a tangible record of your vocal cords’ vibrations that you can then sneak into the bins of your local record store.
Known for being quick and convenient, The UPS Store is a three-headed office chimera belching forth flame-free shipping, printing, and office necessities. Each locale's packaging experts take the hassle out of delivering gifts to far-off third cousins (twice removed) by using top-notch packaging materials and geometrical know-how. Customers can cast their bundles off in whatever time frame works best using one of a full range of UPS shipping options, including next day air, ground, and international shipping. For those tired of the unwashable ink stains and toxic silver fumes that result from door-to-door printing presses, this Groupon can also be used toward any of The UPS Store's printing services, which include color and black-and-white copying, digital printing, and brochure and business-card production.
Garner Picture Framing has housed three generations of sharp-eyed picture whisperers, and its vast inventory and collective wealth of experience ensure your pictures, posters, and Picassos will be encased in a high-quality, pulchritudinous frame. Bring your art or picture with you to facilitate an ideal frame-paper union, then browse the shop's more than 1,200 samples, ranging from the quietly rustic reclaimed wood to blingy 22-karat mouldings and frames made of liquid nitrogen. Prices vary according to the frame and ornamental moulding, but customers can find appropriate dressings for 24"x36" posters ($8/ft. mouldings), 16"x20" paintings ($18/ft. mouldings), or 11"x14" photographs ($8/ft. mouldings)—all matted and framed for $125 or less.
While Jaffe's friendly crew didn't invent the camera, that doesn't mean they won't someday brainstorm the notion of a time-freezing cube in a parallel universe wherein cameras have yet to be invented. Jaffe Studio's staff of expert professionals has more than 30 years of experience when it comes to capturing the picturesque unity of a loving family, the innocence of juvenility, and the wonderment of a band of roving goat children. Nurturing directorial skills coax natural smiles out of newborns, soon-to-be mums, high-school seniors, families, and pets. A session can even commemorate the joys of marital engagement or the promise of potential that shines in a post-graduation tooth display.
For more than 30 years, two brothers and their sister have cultivated 1910 Frame Works' immense cache of elegant frames, earning them loyal patronage from local clientele such as the Memphis Redbirds, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, and the Special Olympics. Their support throughout the decades is due to the trio’s commitment to stay abreast of blossoming trends and technology. Partnered with a national web of suppliers, they keep their showroom full of ornate and minimalist frames in thousands of colors, textures, and scratch-and-sniff scents. They also forge shadowboxes and custom frames onsite, harnessing conservation-quality glass and acid-free materials to assemble elegant confines for artwork, photography, and mirrors.
When they're not constructing frames, the skilled craftspeople rove the town to deliver and install their elegant creations and hold on-location design consultations that can help to determine suitable artwork for a specific space. They also curate their own gallery of colorful artwork, including local music-festival posters and prints crafted by local artists.