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Special Holiday Framing | Instagifts from your Instagrams

Shiny_woodblock_FoursidedWe're excited to offer a new photo service in our framing shops. These woodblock prints are handmade in Chicago with a cured shiny resin finish. They are stunning on a wall alone or in a group!

Woodblock-Resin-Photos     These will make fabulous Holiday gifts, and starting at just $17, they will work for everyone! You send us the files so there is no printing pressure from you. Just give us about 16 days and come pick up your shiny new masterpiece. We love them for groupings of Instagram shots. So cute! You can even print art on them like we did with some of our own Chicago pieces by Todd Mack.

Shiny_woodblock-example_Foursided Maybe the woodblocks aren't your thing or you need it like, right now? We've got NEW on the spot framing for your 4x4 Instagram prints! Bring in your printed image, pick out a cute lil' 5x5 frame, a white or black mat, and we'll assemble it all for you and you're on your way! We even offer gift wrap service if you're on your way to the Holiday party. PRO TIP: We found printing your Instagrams to be super easy at Walgreens. They have a great app that connects directly to your Instagram account. Most places you would have film developed (in the olden days) now print on the spot.

Instant-Instagram-Framing-FoursidedFollow us on Instagram for way cool stuff. Tag us in your photos @FoursidedChicago for a chance to be featured in our media feeds. We love to see the things you guys frame! These services are available at our Framing shops in Andersonville - 5061 N. Clark & East Lakeview - 2939 N. Broadway

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Three ways it pays to shop local this year.

The stats are in. It's quite simple, really. After the conclusion of a 10 year study by Civic Economics on the monetary impact of local shops vs corporate chains there are pages of important proof on the benefits of shopping local businesses. C.E. dedicated years of time, endless amounts of number crunching, and research right in our Andersonville backyard. Maybe you're not into reading statistics- that's okay. We've got one key point we really want to get out there.

Please share this image in your support of shopping local this season.

Use your Holiday spending to vote where you believe your money is most valued. A great place to start is by checking out local chamber of commerce sites for businesses that are active within their community. In Chicago, the Lakeview East Chamber and Andersonville Chamber are each giving away $50 gift cards to shoppers purchasing in their neighborhoods with participating retailers. Check out the details on their sites for information on qualifications and redemption. aville-chamberlakeview-east-chamber Also, this Saturday November 30th, you can earn a $10 statement credit when using your registered AmEx at participating small businesses- including all three of our shops. amex-registration There are many more ways to save! Follow your favorite local shops on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as many small businesses use these platforms to announce sales and flash deals you may miss otherwise. We love to share news & promotions via email, as do many small shops, so joining their list brings the deals directly to you. (Plus, they won't send you an email everyday like major corporations. Phew!)

How do you save when shopping local? We'd love to know (we shop local too, ya know!)

Gift Guide for Wee Little Ones

We've got lots of vintage inspired toys and activity sets left for some last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. Give them the same Fisher Price toy you loved as a kid- we've got all the good ones! 123 Chicago Book Count to Sleep Chicago   123 Chicago and Count To Sleep Chicago Board Books Fisher Price Piano Vintage Jump Rope Activity Kit Fisher Price Reproduction Basic Toys                    Ladybird Tin Activity Sets Illinois Onesie Midwest is Best Onesie   IL Love You Forever and Midwest is Best Onesies (Available at Twosided Only) Ridley's Spring Toy Tin Music Box Ridley's Vintage Reproduction Toys                         Tin Music Boxes