America has enjoyed a long tradition of textile manufacturing, from Betsy Ross cross-stitching the Constitution to Neil Armstrong knitting the Eagle lunar lander. Fashion patriotic garments with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of fabric, lamp design, and upholstery services at Fabric Rows Design House in Plano.
Roseann Wilson, owner of Fabric Rows Design House, fills her store with designer fabric from Waverly, Laura Ashley, and Ralph Lauren available at wholesale prices. After a lamp-design consultation ($45), store designers devise custom table or floor lamps from clients' vases, pottery, glassware, and spun sugar busts of Mary Tyler Moore. Lighting wizards can also update an antique or vintage lamp ($18), replace a broken socket ($18), or perform a complete rewiring ($26.99). In addition, clients may opt to have couches and chairs reupholstered with store fabric available by the yard or a velvet tracksuit torn from a defeated rival. Soft lighting brightens the intimate store space, and a gallery of past work adorns the walls for crafty customers to peruse for inspiration.