Owner Elizabeth Sheehe fills the aisles of Birds of a Feather, an authorized Pfaff and Elna dealer, with knitting, quilting, and textile art supplies, in addition to hosting an array of classes. During knitting classes, instructors impart basic stitches and techniques to refine yarn crafting or patch the space-time continuum. Quilting classes teach students basic concepts, how to make use of machine appliques, and how to convert vintage clothing into quilt squares. A rotating schedule of other classes net crafters finished projects such as knitted socks and felted totes. Groups of four or more can arrange clandestine after-hours knitting classes with a BYOB option and no additional fees.
Although she often was exhausted after coming home from her hectic nursing job in a coronary intensive-care unit, Krysia Maciuszko always found time to practice yoga. She would take solace in the rejuvenating poses, energizing stretches, and refreshing breathing exercises. Driven by her longtime dream to show others just how much yoga can restore a weary body and to finally be free to laugh at the word “angina” without being judged, Krysia eventually turned in her nurse's cap and opened up Krysia Energy Yoga.
Energizing music echoes across the hardwood floors of her 1,000-square-foot studio, where Krysia and her staff of certified instructors lead students through the movements of a variety of styles—from challenging Power Yoga to playful Ashtanga. Other days, they lead upbeat Zumba workouts that utilize Latin-inspired dance movements to blast calories. The yoga instructors not only teach regular students, but also aspiring yoga instructors during a comprehensive 12-week yoga teacher-training program.
The bead emporium hosts coveted classes for jewelry-crafting pilgrims, ranging from the basic techniques of Beading 101 to the Level 27 magical Loremaster powers of advanced metalsmithing. Basic classes range in price from $32 to $42, while more-advanced classes range from $38 (soldering and forming lentil charms) to $135 (bezel setting and intro to silversmithing). If you have any of your $50 Groupon credit left after registering for a class, spend it on the materials necessary for the class (except the etching pendants or dichroic classes), or use it toward bringing a friend along or taking a second class. The store's quaint, whitewashed façade conceals a dragon's den of beads, gemstones, and jewelry-crafting supplies, some of which, like dragons, spew fire. Beads are arranged in an organized and beautiful manner on a variety of tabletops and in glass display cases, simplifying the hunt-and-gather process for nomadic artisans. The bead collection comes from countries around the world, and 90% of the semi-precious beads are handpicked and gem-graded A+ by sparkling schoolmarms.