For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
In 1990, Trish Lounsbury opened Celebrations with her husband, Stan, and her father, Ed. They seek out products from artists, designers, and leading companies such as Crane and Sweet Pea when crafting custom invitations and stationery. They also specialize in custom framing for a variety of projects, as well as unique gifts and elegant wrapping papers.
Once a wholesale supplier, now a retailer as well, Indianapolis Picture Frames provides clients with the same wide-ranging selection and speedy framing services it has provided for local vendors for 15 years. Framers put together custom matting, moldings, and glass to protect and display any photograph, painting, or magician trapped inside an enchanted canvas. They also stock ready-made frames in standard sizes such as 8"x10" and 20"x30". According to staff, the store's immense inventory allows them to finish the average order within a week.
The seed that grew into Heirloom Framing Company was planted when Andy Stuckert took a cherished football jersey to his local framing shop. Dismayed at what he considered an overblown price estimate, Andy nearly toppled over in frustration when the framers took three weeks to finish the job and did it incorrectly. Needless to say, he thought he could do a better job.
Andy was right about that. Today, he specializes in framing sports memorabilia, but he can also frame anything else—including family heirlooms, photographs, and artwork—with quality matting and glass with 99% UV protection. He’s been known to safeguard a display of VIP concert tickets with museum glass, which has minimal glare, and has even created a shadow box to forever preserve a Scrabble board and its tiles.
His skill and attention to detail earned him City Beat’s Best of Cincinnati award in 2012. Among the readers who voted for him in that poll, there might have been some famous names—after all, Andy counts professional athletes from the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds among his clientele.
Glory Years's memory preservationists transfer media from outdated formats onto DVDs. Specializing in sports media, the film gurus ably preserve action shots of any variety, from recordings of last weekend's swim meet to games featuring Mike Ditka, Joe Namath, and other stars before they were famous. An online database of high-school sports, organized by school and coach, help graduates relive favorite games years later and prove once and for all that the mascot and the quarterback were the same person. The shop also transfers heirloom slides to DVD to abolish the need for projectors and converts 8 mm or 16 mm home-movie reels for easy viewing. Glory Years's team can even repair VHS tapes with broken reels before transferring them to DVD.
Sherri Barber, preserver of gleaming smiles and curator of glossed memories, frames expressive portraits within her professional studio. Individual portrait sitters or beach-volleyball teams can show off their aptitude for staring intensely into the middle distance or grinning at nearby props as Sherri snaps shots for about 60 minutes. Once all personages have been fully documented, photographees can peruse a photo gallery, culling pictures spoiled by closed eyes or falling ceilings, then immortalizing the best shots in an 11?x14? print and two 5?x7?s.