At Puttin’ on the Paint, brush-wielders peruse more than 300 mugs, plates, and figurines before selecting a piece to paint. Idea books and a rainbow of pigments inspire artists before items are decorated, covered with a coat of glaze, and placed in the kiln. Objets d’art are ready for pickup six days after firing, and can be immediately displayed on coffee tables, in trophy cases, or affixed to a chain hanging around your sweetheart’s wrist. Puttin’ on the Paint welcomes walk-ins and happily hosts parties for birthday boys and girls and pre-brides.
For 34 years, Dick Kelly and his team of friendly sofa herders have collected fine specimens of used furnishings of all stripes and styles. The spacious showroom lays out an impressive spread of household accessories ideal for every room, such as a serpentine front sofa table ($165), or a Belmar sofa ($375), cushioning popcorn-chomping movie buffs and competitive couch-surfers alike. In addition to peddling cushiony recliners and sofas, Platte Furniture swaddles sleepers in a full set of colorful Egyptian-cotton bed sheets ($40–$50), decking out mattresses with flat sheets, fitted sheets, and two pillowcases. Like the sheets that graced King Tutankhamun's racecar bed, the more than 1,000 thread-count textiles soothe snoozers with the silky texture of a high-strength microfiber.
The enthusiastic coaches at Soccer Buddies educate youngsters on the value of physical fitness and impart much-needed confidence through drills and practices that refine fundamental skills. Lessons aim to build on the foundations of balance, agility, and coordination for budding athletes as young as 10 months old. As kids get older and their skills begin to mature, they’ll also have the chance to advance through age- and skill-appropriate classes, which increase the chance that students will be fully prepared for advanced moves such as bicycle kicks and the act of kissing a World Cup trophy. Youngsters will find new physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges at every leg of the training track, and those who excel will be eligible for an invitation to the Soccer Buddies Select class, a higher-level learning environment for competitive-minded players younger than 12.
Tansi's 6,500-square-foot boutique beckons to passersby with a showroom unfurling with a variety of home accouterments and women's apparel plucked from fashion's frontlines. Grant living rooms the gift of light with one of the globally inspired lamps hailing from the John-Richard collection ($129+) or accommodate standing houseguests with hand-carved, wood-wrought chairs by Maitland-Smith ($1,200+). Complimentary one-hour consultations deploy expert designers to clients' homes, houseboats or converted meat lockers, where keen eyes help construct room layouts to suit homesteaders' tastes and needs. Chic women's apparel by Katherine Barclay and Focus 2000 avail themselves to feminine silhouettes ($54+), and a vast selection of purses ($72+) and jewelry ($48+) occupy arms more pleasantly than a diamond-studded cobra.
Since its founding by owner Bill Clark in 1962, Drive-In Autosound has expanded from an OEM radio-repair center to an automotive-enhancement hub with five locations. The audio department still doles out sonic toys such as stereos and speakers, as well as high-tech modifications including auxiliary ports, MP3-compatible sound systems, and plug-in a capella singers. The MECP-certified installers also equip cars with remote starters and GPS systems from more than 50 brands—including Kenwood and Pioneer—and factory-trained technicians augment rides with window tints and stylish wheels.