Sunlight glints off the multihued dinner plates and stained glass lamps inside ArtGlass Unlimited, a local glassware emporium that’s made inimitable glass pieces since 1982. On top of these creations, the onsite artists build commissioned glasswork for local businesses and opera singers looking to gauge their high notes. They also helm classes in glass art, guiding students through creating their own masterpieces, from stained glass windows to pendants, beads, and kiln-fired jewelry.
With everything from movie posters to record cases lining the walls of its small shop, BackTrack Records oversees a trove of new and used vinyl LPs, CDs, and classic merchandise. Previously owned albums ($2–$15 on average) from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Tom Waits, and Nirvana recall familiar ditties and secret backwards messages about the importance of sharing. BackTrack's staff grades and prices used records and covers according to their condition, sorting them on the shelves next to selections of new, factory-sealed LPs ($13.95–$29.95). The vast, rotating inventory includes such miscellany as a Beatles limited edition of Trivial Pursuit ($29.99) and an official BackTrack Records T-shirt ($10) to wear as a team uniform during musical chairs.
Five beginner knitting classes at The Yarn Shop will take fledgling yarn spinners over all the knitting basics—knitting and purling, increasing and decreasing, ribbing, and more—as they complete their first scarf. The cost of all materials is covered, including a light or bright wool yarn and size-eight bamboo, circular needles. Additional supplies are available for purchase; the shop carries a full line of knitting and crocheting supplies and enough yarn to fill the scalps of a race of giant Raggedy Ann’s. Help is always available for projects, which many people bring to the shop to work on as they socialize and weave the names of disloyal latch hookers onto their tea cozies. Enjoy a dessert and specialty coffee or tea from The Yarn Shop's Pink Sheep Cafe. See the website for class schedules and pricing.
Coffee Emergency is a small-batch coffee roasting company and shop that sells fresh espresso and coffee beans harvested from Africa, the Americas, and the Far East. None of its coffee beans are roasted until you order them, ensuring delicious cups of morning alertness not hampered by the stale memories of yesterday’s bittersweet MAS*H reruns. The friendly staff at Coffee Emergency will assist you in finding your ideal bean. The store's best-seller is its code brown espresso ($12.95 per lb.), and the newly added Ethiopian dry-process sidamo combines the complex flavors of dried fruits, leather, tobacco, and earth ($12.95 per lb.). The Guatemalan florencia bourbon ($12.95 per lb.) is a balanced, sweet caramel-tinged medium roast favored by many coffee drinkers. A decaf blend is also available for those who abstain from the hard stuff.
Signature service: Custom picture framing
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: We custom make frames on the premises.
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Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
Clients have family heirlooms and memorabilia that mean the world to them. We preserve them and turn them into amazing art pieces for them to enjoy all the time.
Sometimes it's all about the little things in life. What supplemental courtesies do you include with your main services to leave clients with a smile on their face?
We try to exceed expectations by providing design options that give their artwork the wow factor when it is on the wall.
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
The enormous range of possibilities that there are for a client to choose from. We help narrow down the options to make sure they are not overwhelmed.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We can frame almost anything, from knives and guns and swords to kimonos and scarves and fans. [We also frame] sports and military memorabilia, as well as family portraits and works of art. We provide expert advice and guaranteed craftsmanship.
Blue Raven Music Studio's colorful, brightly painted studio houses experienced instructors who teach prospective maestros of all skill levels how to play a wide variety of instruments. Tickle the ivories during piano instruction, ruffle a moustache with harmonica lessons, or ripple passersby with good guitar vibrations. Conducted in an intimate, one-on-one setting, the 30-minute lessons start with the basics of music making, including note reading, technique, and music theory. As students evolve into well-oiled melody-manufacturing machines, lessons can become more personalized, allowing students to select particular songs or genres they want to master.