All Fired Up’s owner, Noelle, opened the small pottery shop as a wholesome place where families could come together to create art and bond in a fun, supportive environment. She and her helpful staff aid in the creation and kiln firing of one-of-a-kind dishware, piggy banks, and more. The sturdy shelves lining each wall of the cozy shop brim with dozens of paint colors, along with an array of inspirational stamps, stencils, and design books. All Fired Up also fuels creativity through children’s art classes, summer camps, and birthday parties.
The purveyors of the written word at Books For Less carry more than 100,000 discount titles, feeding page-hungry readers a steady diet of new best-sellers and used volumes. Bibliophiles can obtain contemporary fictional tales, such as Twilight by Stephanie Meyer ($4.80 for paperback), and non-fiction hits, such as The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell ($9 for paperback)––a cogent treatise on the proper way to upend cows. A stiff-backed copy of Nicholas Sparks's Safe Haven ($13.50) quells word appetites while serving as a mobile ironing board.
Each of Decadent's designs can be personalized by a dizzying arrangement of custom fonts, colors, missives, stitching, and more. Whether you're wishing a new mother well with a plush lovie ($12) or a best friend a happy-moving with a flower-power reusable tote bag ($17), Decadent has you covered. You can also keep pillow fights from tumbling over the precipice of illiteracy with monogrammed pillowcase covers (two for $22), or contain mascara madness with a snow-white waffle-weave cosmetic bag (two for $25). Decadent also offers straight embroidery services for plain items you've picked up elsewhere that are in desperate need of branding.
In the spacious room of Sip & Stroke’s new location, students of all skill levels pick up brushes and daub pigments onto canvases to create works of art during instructor-guided canvas-painting classes. The art studio especially caters to children, who can take on canvases, clay, or strings of beads on their own, or explore creativity with a parent during Mom & Me sessions. Guests of any age are always free to craft a one-of-a-kind keepsake, creating glittering baubles from the studio’s wall of beads or decorating a pre-made ceramic piece that they hand off to experts to glaze and fire.
The friendly workers will help you mine the Hive's massive assortment of freshwater pearls ($7 and up for a 16" strand), Czech glass beads ($2 and up per strand), and Swarovski crystals ($0.15 and up). Once you've determined your decoratives, you can also find the beading tools ($6.95+) you need to transform them into glittering earrings, retro-elegant necklaces, and tiaras that grant +5 dexterity. The Bead Hive also arranges birthday parties where crafty kids age 6–9 ($12 per child) can transform memory-wire chokers, beads, and charms into one-of-a-kind ornamentation. Older miniature novelty adults (aged 10 and up; $15 per child) can work the same magic with a more advanced Loopy Tattoo beaded necklace or charms.