Fifth Season Gardening specializes in hydroponics, homebrewing, and organic gardening. Complete hydroponic systems can help hobbyists grow plants in any type of environment, and organic gardening supplies such as fertilizer and composters can maximize produce yields. Customers may also browse a wide selection of urban D.I.Y. products. Aside from serving as a go-to spot for garden items, Fifth Season Gardening boasts must-have supplies for homebrewers of all skill levels, from fresh hops and yeast, to cleaning accoutrements and educational books.
Young artists flock to Glazed Expectations' charming studio to learn a variety of clay-based building techniques, such as the pinch method, coiling, slab work, and cartooning (figurines). After-school classes also impart knowledge about paint application, texturing, and the fire-breathing hamsters that power most traditional kilns. Experienced and friendly instructors soothe novice nerves and show youngsters how to harness their inner Michelangelo. This Groupon covers the class fee, materials, glazes, and kiln firing, and the 1.5-hour sessions take place between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. every Tuesday through Friday.
Edible Arrangements' fresh-fruit bouquets merge the beauty of a floral display with Mother Nature's most delicious candy. At more than 1,000 stores across the globe, fruit florists carve pineapples into flower forms, hand dip bananas into semisweet and white chocolate, and swathe Albion strawberries—sweeter and darker than regular strawberries—in coats of coconut and almonds. Then, they arrange the morsels into eye-catching displays to fill mugs and vases or line decorative gift boxes. Patrons can find an arrangement for nearly any occasion, whether they want to honor Mother's Day, sweeten an anniversary, or send condolences after the death of a friend's pet rock. Customers can shop online and opt for delivery or pick up finished displays at a storefront location.
A full-service quilt shop, Thimble Pleasures boasts a wide selection of vibrant wares and crafty supplies for sewing, quilting, and embroidering. Peruse a wide selection of fabric, patterns, instructional books, DVDs, and gifts which, when combined, can craft a personal Fortress of Solitude. Stock up on fabric with a Batik roll of rainbow pastels ($25 for 10 quarter yards), a variety of free spirited designs ($9.45+ per yard), or an Art Quilting Basics DVD ($20.95) for at-home instruction. A friendly and helpful staff is always at the ready to assist visitors with picking out the proper supplies for household projects, gift-loving moms, and trans-Atlantic canoe rides.
When Shawn Slome founded Twig in 2007, he knew Chapel Hill was ready for business that focused on selling sustainable, organic, and fairly traded goods. Today, the shop carries a large selection of natural and organic merchandise, with new products arriving weekly. Items range from bamboo and organic fashions, to fair-trade bags and accessories, along with glass and stainless kitchen storage, lunch kits, imaginative toys and organic baby gear. Each purchase is backed by a tireless effort to source their merchandise locally and ensuring suppliers are held to high labor and environmental standards. As it turns out, Shawn's mission resonated with the community as Indy Week readers have voted Twig Best Environmentally-Friendly Store for the past five consecutive years.
Cranberry Tree Farm sources its fresh-cut Christmas trees from its own in-state farm. Visitors can select the perfect tree from among white pines, blue spruces, and Fraser and Concolor firs, ranging from 2- to more than 14-feet tall. The staff then cuts each tree on the spot and secures it to visitors' vehicles. Hand-made wreathes and garlands are also available.