Century City Flower Mart is a family-owned and operated flower shop, offering floral arrangements, gift baskets and custom packages for any variety of upcoming events. Arrangements start around $35 and go upward to $300, though most are in the $50 - $150 range. And with a large inventory of fresh flowers, including tropical plants and European flowers, both contemporary and traditional arrangements can be made for special occasions, weddings and funerals. The colorful flower mart carries dozens of different types of flowers, from roses and tulips to hydrangeas on down, and arrangements can be customized with a choice of add-ons, including Mylar balloons, stuffed animals, greeting cards and chocolate. With a leafy, low-slung exterior giving way to friendly staff, Century City Flower Mart is a great local stop for one-off flower needs.
Featured on Fox 5 and CBS 8, PaintNVineyard's painting classes give students of all skill levels the chance to learn how to paint under the direction of a professional artist in a state-of-the-art, fixed-location studio. Each class focuses on a specific subject that everyone in the class re-creates, such as a Tuscany hillside, a view of outer space, or an implausibility of gnus. The staff equips each workstation with acrylic paints, a tabletop easel and canvas, paintbrushes, and any other needed materials, while patrons bring their own wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. During birthday parties and group outings, the 40-person studio whispers with the sound of brushstrokes and hushed debates about whether Monet knew he was inventing impressionism or was just nearsighted.
At The Heel Bar, professional cobblers can repair a variety of leather goods include shoes, belts, and purses. The team wields more than 30 years of experience in everything from custom designing cowboy boots to repairing leather dress shoes. While customers wait on their orders, they can check out the shop's leather maintenance products and imagine pouring syrup on the black-white checkered floor.
An open community for creative types, Citizen Space welcomes those who are looking for a space that offers the chat-friendly vibe of a coffee shop with the productivity-focused environment of a professional workspace. Anyone may join at the membership level of their choosing to gain access to dedicated resident desks and communal tables, a completely free library, and a supportive horde of like-minded programmers, painters, writers, and other artists. While the studio's open minds are largely focused on providing a spot for individuals' dream realization, they also regularly host classes that help broaden artistic horizons and teach students how to shoot paint out of a cannon.
A good cobbler can tell what's wrong with a pair of shoes by looking at them. A great cobbler can tell what's wrong by listening to them.
"When a woman walks in the door ... I hear the nails tapping on her heels," says Russo's Shoe Repair owner Christopher Russo in a promotional video he produced. "They walk in thinking ... 'You can't fix them now,' [but] I take them off her feet and fix them in about five minutes or less."
Quick, reliable repairs are one of Christopher's specialties. He aims to fix things on the spot whenever possible, and schedules rapid turnaround times when he can't. He's also known for his preventative repairs, particularly sole guards, which are thin layers of rubber affixed to soles to help prevent permanent wear. They come in a variety of colors, including a shade of red inspired by the soles of designer pumps.
Though he works quickly, Christopher prides himself on the quality of his work. He guarantees every repair, promising to redo them for free if a customer isn't happy with the results or if he gets caught in some type of time loop. As a bonus on Fridays, he sometimes performs complimentary shoe shines.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, mugs, and mermaids?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.