After traveling from the end of the rainbow to the tip of the North Pole, Easter's original hippity-hoppity star is now claiming seasonal residence at the Tyson Corner Center, Arundel Mills Mall, Potomac Mills Mall, Lakeforest Mall and Marley Station. As both an adorable and educational animal, the bunny associated with Easter will be helping kids get into the spirit of egg-hunting by teaming up with professional photographers who know how to coax giggle-laden smiles out of any bundle of joy. Children can pose with the gregarious giant, embracing fluff-filled hugs, and then later enjoy their shared moments by flipping through their tangible, printed portraits and by fluttering their eyelids at their vibrant, digitally arrested stills.
At the family-owned The Bead Shop , an affable staff equips jewelry-makers with all the tools they need to craft a beaded work of art. The shop?s collection of supplies surprises eyes with its chromatic array of Swarovksi crystals, pearls, and semiprecious beads that visitors can incorporate into necklaces, bracelets, and other accessories. Kazuri beads hand-painted by the tribeswomen of Kenya add an African flair to pieces, while 24-karat gold tila beads mesmerize strangers easily distracted by shiny objects. The staff leads dozens of beading classes each month, as well as more specialized instruction in crafting pieces including crochet necklaces.
The saying goes that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are wineries, for that matter. That’s why though Scatter Creek Winery just passed its eighth birthday, its history stretches back many years before that, when husband and wife team Terril and Andrea Keary began cultivating the vines, recipes, and skills needed to create their unique wine blends.
Their hard work has paid off—their wines have racked up 10 medals and awards from local news outlets and festivals, most falling upon the glasses of Valley de Bon Blanco for the gewurztraminer’s dry flavor and elderberry notes. During tasting sessions, guests can sample the award winners and others, such as the spicy yet fruity Creekside Rossa pinot noir and the Glaciers End ice wine.
In the gift shop, guests can pick up bottles emblazoned with artwork from local artist Leslie Kilbourne or pick up supplies to brew their own beer or wine at home, ensuring that they no longer have to wait until their juice boxes ferment.
When Rob Panowicz looks into a diamond, he sees more than its sparkle. He sees subtleties of cut and color that are virtually invisible to the layman's eye. It makes sense that his knowledge runs so deep?after all, he's been working within Panowicz Jewelers, a family-owned jewelry shop on Market Street, since he was a child.
"Dad opened the store shortly after my first birthday, and we kind of grew up with the store," he said. "My job in the first grade was to come down Saturday morning to wash the floor, sweep the sidewalk, and wash the window inside and out."
Today, Rob has stepped into the role his father once held, welcoming visitors into the boutique and handpicking the most radiant diamonds he can find for his shop. Customers can also find diamonds, engagement rings and world renowned jewelry collections by designers such as Alberto Petochi, the sixth-generation Roman jeweler behind the 1884 Collection. Panowicz and his team take custom orders, too, crafting one-of-a-kind designs for clients who wish to stand out even at parties held inside gold mines.
Precision Time’s mall kiosks brim with trained watch repair technicians and display cases stocked with timepieces from manufacturers such as Casio, Invicta, Fossil, and Sottomarino Italia. Use today's deal toward men's or women's watches from Fossil ($65+) or peruse an extensive collection of clearance timepieces. Festoon wrists with durable plastic Rave watches ($29.99+) aglow in vibrant shades of blue, green, and pink that match with outfits or display solidarity with a feuding crayon box faction. Long-delayed exercise plans are jump-started with Timex’s sporty Ironman Basic 10 Lap Digital watch ($39.95), and the dressy stainless steel T2H281 ($39.95), marked by a genuine leather strap and classic white dial background, guarantees entry to fast-food restaurants’ velvet-roped VIP rooms.
Books are a gateway drug. It starts out innocently enough, reading C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, pretty soon you are reading harder stuff like Kerouac and Burroughs, the next thing you know you're strung out on Bukowski and DeSade, worrying about the Patriot Act and Free Speech, and joining the ACLU.