The six teachers at Cutting Edge Quilts combine their individual quilting savvy to lead students through a wide range of classes. Amid myriad fabrics and ample creative space, the studio's long-arm quilting machine lets students sew their quilt top, batting, and backing together in a more-time-efficient manner than by using traditional machines or bribing a silkworm. Various quilting groups meet regularly, focusing on different techniques such as hand-sewing and scraps as they take advantage of the studio's gargantuan collection of threads, kits, and specialty fabrics such as Batik and Moda.
In the award-winning one-woman show Golda's Balcony, four-time Tony-nominee Tovah Feldshuh portrays former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and the endless struggle for peace in the Middle east. For Dancing on Ice, winter sport enthusiasts can get an intimate view of skating celebs as tango, swing, waltz, and solve algebra equations on the center ice. A recent $6.7 million renovation equipped the Chandler Center with refurbished seating, increased accessibility, a stage makeover, and an unmistakable new theater smell. See the Chandler Center's online calendar for more information about each show.
Zoe's Trunk fosters a love of fabric and sewing through scores of quilting and textile supplies, creative classes, and a skilled stitching staff keen on sharing their craft. The two-hour eco-bag-building class welcomes six seamsters of all experience levels to create reusable bags ideal for toting groceries, beach toys, or buffalo nickels (an $18 value). Each participant gets a kit including pre-cut vinyl mesh for the bag’s body and a choice of colorful fabrics for the trim (a $17 value), which are assembled under the instructor’s guidance. Students should bring their own thread and a sewing machine, though Zoe's Trunk also has three machines available for participants.
Toni&Guy's path to international prominence began more than 50 years ago as a single-family salon in London. Today, their partnership of salons and hairdressing academies stands as an innovative, intercontinental fixture that has blossomed into more than 420 salons in 42 countries worldwide. In the United States and Canada alone, 20 academies train upcoming stylists, and nearly 50 salons create distinctive styles for a range of clients. Their stylists specialize in a variety of cuts that ranges from the avant-garde to modern interpretations of classic looks, such as beehives built in the style of Frank Gehry. Toni&Guy garners some of the most talent stylists while upholding a distinguished reputation as the hairdressing industry’s leading educator.
In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Though it began as a used bookstore 30 years ago when Bob Schlesinger bought the place from his dad for $1, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has grown into a massive media clearinghouse. Bookmans gets its inventory from its customers, relieving them of CDs, comic books, video games and systems, musical instruments, and any other media that might be potential deal-breakers when bringing a tipsy Martha Stewart back to one's place. Find a copy of the Necronomicon to replace the one you left at the beach, revive your quixotic childhood dream of getting past level 3 in Battletoads, or remind yourself why you sold your ukulele jam band box set in the first place. Bookmans offers cash or store credit for those items and typically sells them for about half their original retail value—providing an incredible value for eco-conscious consumers who want to cut waste and avoid encouraging production of new DVDs of Battlefield Earth with their ironic purchase.