Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
Ask a bartender to put some muffin in your liqueur and you're probably inviting confusion at best and a horror-stricken look at worst. But the basic idea isn't bad—or so thinks skilled baker Patrick Curley, who flips that equation around and serves liqueurs in his muffins. He infuses the baked breakfast staples not only with fresh fruit such as blueberries, but also with Baileys irish cream, apricot brandy, and blueberry liqueur, among others. He also distills 15 years of experience as a chef into each batch of made-from-scratch muffins, putting some culinary cred behind his crumbly creations.
Country Marketplace’s carpentry connoisseurs revive cheery images of classic designs with contemporary handcrafted solid-wood furniture and accessories. Homeowners can hang their hats on a solid-birch coat tree or dress it as a friend to make parties seem well attended ($125). Shoppers can race around the office atop the heavy-duty casters of a carved-oak pressback desk chair ($249) or set to work at an antique oak roll-top desk equipped with a pencil tray and an organizer ($599). Young furniture users can dine in an oak Windsor highchair ($199) or chomp bubble pipes and whittle new pacifiers in a Victorian child's rocker ($125). A snowman family of four imparts seasonal joy with its camaraderie ($39.99), and felted-mitten ornaments ($6.99) in speckled pink-and-red or purple-and-blue tones add decorative warmth to a bare mantle or newborn snowman.
At Framers Edge, a staff of artists and skilled craftspeople preserves anything from precious family portraits to sports memorabilia to the wettest of oil paintings. They first conduct a complimentary consultation, advising clients on the best border for their belongings and detailing the step-by-step process. Once a method is agreed upon, they get to work: blocking and stretching needlepoint pieces, adding beveled accents to finished artwork, and mounting 3-D objects such as baseball jerseys and a baby’s first clump of shower hair. They use the best equipment in the industry and materials from high-quality suppliers, including Bainbridge mats and Bella and Studio moulding.