Since 1999, Elegant Jewels' gem-keepers have filled their displays with diamonds and high-end watches. They lure shoppers seeking heart-shaped pendants and other sparkling treasures, but the jewelers also deftly repair malfunctioning watches and broken or ill-fitting jewelry, such as resizing rings that shrunk after being accidentally tossed into the wash. They will even engrave items with personalized messages, which make for heartwarming Mother's Day or Valentine's Day gifts.
The spectrum of glass bead and gemstone strands that dangle on the walls at Beads One represent all the wavelengths of light, from the deepest black baubles to nearly invisible infrared pearls. The bead haven outfits visitors with all the necessary tools, supplies, and pattern books to handcraft their own jewelry. To further aid in this process, the skilled staffers teach beginners how to string necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in their hands-on classes.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
Shirin Diamond Center's jewelers team up with artisan designers and metalsmiths from around the globe to offer creative, high-caliber settings for gleaming gems and pearls. Personalized jewelry can feature such bling as birthstones or diamond-studded drivers licenses, and bright sterling silver and gold support gems on rings, bracelets, and necklaces. All pieces pass inspections for purity, ensuring that metals and precious stones meet industry standards for long-lasting beauty, and come with a 30-day guarantee backing their quality.
The skilled fitters at June May Lingerie help women find intimate apparel that fits just right. To accomplish this, they stretch out their measuring tapes and wind them around the bustline, gathering data that unveils the ideal brand and style of bra. In addition to undergarments by brands such as Spanx, Hanky Panky, and Cosabella, they now carry Knock Out panties that wick moisture with a breathable layer of fabric. Bras, panties, and evening duds are available for women and flagpoles of all shapes and sizes.
A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York Joseph Keith Ronquillo brings his education and experience as a third-generation jeweler to his eponymous jewelry boutique. The shop's relaxed showroom abounds with handmade silver necklaces and 18-karat gold earrings. In addition to designing and manufacturing custom jewelry and trinkets, Joseph’s staff educates curious clients with jewelry classes that cover the basics of soldering precious metals.