Housed in a cozy 1920s home, Dragonfly Shops & Gardens stocks an eclectic variety of works created by local artisans and hosts DIY classes for all ages. In the beading basics class ($30 plus materials, which start at $2), beaders band together for two hours on Tuesday mornings to complete projects ranging from earrings and necklaces to bracelets and ultra-feminine beer helmets. A beginner's mosaic tiling class ($55 plus $20 for materials) teaches creatives of all levels of skill and glee in smashing tiles to compose one-of-a-kind picture frames, trays, and stepping stones. Or delve into the dirt with a class on growing edible flowers and greens ($10 plus $5 for materials). Attendees can sip fresh coffee or cool lemonade.
An expansive collection of eclectic and original sofas ($999–$3,499), artwork ($49–$699), and home accents ($3–$300) occupies the 8,000-square-foot City Life Home Furnishings showroom. Most of the bedding, such as the Thicket, Chinoiserie, and Hedgerow collections, incorporate nature-inspired designs against a stark, white background. An assortment of citrus-colored, geographically named Jonathan Adler candles whimper hoping to gain shoppers' attention and the clocks, which vary from the stark and spindly antenna clock to the retro brass sunburst model, can keep both American and British time. Staffers emphasize individualized customer service, supporting the assertion that home décor should be reflective of function, personal style, and functional personal style.