When Kathleen Duffy founded Herbarium in 1978, she'd never worked in a shop before. Luckily, a tight-knit network of friends and family were on hand to support her. An aunt donated a cash register, and a cousin with retail experience taught her to use it. After Kathleen learned from trial and error that 5 pounds of herbs could fill a small container or an entire bathtub, depending on the plant, friends begged her to buy a calculator to use while ordering supplies. Eventually, even her customers pitched in, offering everything from suggestions for organizing the store to calligraphy labels for the bulk herbs. As her business took off, Kathleen—a former critical-care nurse—became more and more curious about how herbal treatments worked in the body. She began studying constantly, testing out new cures on herself and her family, and taking classes everywhere from the Gaia Institute to Harvard Medical School. In 1990, she turned over the shop to her daughter Andrea to focus on her studies full time, earning her certification as a clinical aromatherapist in 1999. Today, Kathleen still takes time out of her hospital-teaching schedule to personally train all of the staff members at Herbarium. Under Andrea's attentive eye, these herbal gurus guide customers through shelves stocked with aromatherapy products, potpourri, bath salts, and glycerin soap as well as natural remedies.
Rows upon rows of stacked glass and beads glitter in the morning sun as Deja Jewelz’s staffers polish the store’s display cases in preparation for the day’s customers. Boasting upward of 3,000 beads and charms, the cozy shop’s vast inventory caters to all personal styles and tastes, from elegant and simple pieces to vibrantly hued sparklers that will come in handy if the sun burns out. Throughout the day, knowledgeable staffers can be found bustling about the shop helping customers pick out a signature bauble or answering questions about the store’s collection of chic handbags.
The seasoned instructors at Parsons Sewing Connections draw upon years of experience to introduce groups of up to 20 beginners to the basics of sewing. During four evening classes, which begin in January, students create stitches on a provided Husqvarna Viking sewing machine or their own machine, and learn to perform fundamental tasks, such as filling a bobbin with thread or churning a thimble's worth of butter with a needle. Enrollees start on four simple projects that they can then complete at home, all the while honing skills such as how to sew a straight seam, add buttonholes, and stick Velcro in their hair.
The outdoor decor store peddles a plethora of washable pole-top flappers and beautiful banners to brighten any abode's outer appearance. Use today’s deal to stock your stockyard with high-quality, hand-stitched appliqué flags, magnetic mailbox covers, durable doormats, and more.
Michael's Party Rentals began in 2000 as a one-tent operation led by Michael Linton and his brother when they were teenagers. More than 10 years later, Michael is now the sole owner of the company, which possesses a 3,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with more than 60 tents of all sizes, as well as tables, chairs, a dance floor, staging, lighting, and various other party accessories. Michael's Party Rentals is now equipped to handle up to 50 events each week, which range in size from small barbecue get-togethers to elegant wedding ceremonies. Michael’s crew delivers all the equipment, and setup is always included.