At Let's Paint Pottery, aspiring artists can drop in anytime to customize plain pieces of pottery. After selecting an unfinished ceramic piece from the studio's selection of serving ware and home decor items, they’ll use provided stamps, stencils, and idea books to map out their design and next tattoos. They then draw from a palette of more than 50 paints and glazes to coat their creation before handing it over to a staff member, who fires the work in the studio's kiln. The studio also offers two-hour canvas-painting sessions, wherein guests armed with acrylic paints learn brushstroke basics.
Ben's Brands for Less houses a selection of overstocked name-brand home furnishings and mattresses at discounted prices. Household relaxation units from Simmons, Lane, and Broyhill complement any style or space, from art-deco dining rooms to children's bedrooms to ornate home mission-control centers. Dads can stage rest-offs on a dual reclining sofa ($499+) or survey a den outfitted with an entertainment center ($149+) and Simmons leather rocker recliner ($349+). Restless hibernators can return to goodnightliness with Ben's compendium of Beautyrest and Southern Cross slumber chariots. Affix frames with a Southern Cross luxury firm mattress ($248–$548) or a Simmons Harley plush mattress ($398–$798) to soften dreamscapes.
When master cosmetologist Aloma Feaster opened her first hair salon in 2004, she pictured a welcoming environment where expert stylists catered to men and women from a range of cultural backgrounds. Today, in the spacious, upscale Salon Aloma, her team of stylists performs haircuts, styling, and straightening services in front of freestanding wood-framed mirrors in rooms covered in natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Products from Paul Mitchell and Mizani beautify hair, and herbal formulations from Design Essentials boost hair health more effectively than forcing strands to curl their own tiny barbells.
Kid to Kid is an upscale children's and maternity resale store that buys clothing, toys, furnishings, and baby gear before selling it back at affordable prices. Before making the cut, all clothes and shoes must be deemed certifiably elite in stylishness, cleanliness, and newishness. Items are hand-selected by discerning staffers who put them through an intense screening process in which the gems make the rack and the duds are sent back. Back-to-school shoppers can find brands such as Gap and Gymboree, and moms-to-be can find fashions for themselves and their baking buns. Each piece of equipment and every toy is squeaky-clean and well-mannered, always poised for an invite to the most exclusive teddy bear picnics.
Licensed master cosmetologist Ginette Gilbert runs the show at Djea Natural Hair Spa, where she oversees a team that specializes in natural hair services. Professional African braiders twist hair into intricate patterns, while stylists cut and color hair, sew in weaves, and style strands into cascading waves. To do so, the team uses products from Pravana and Uncle Funky's Daughter haircare lines, the latter of which conditions and defines hair using plant-based ingredients such as aloe and coconut. Elsewhere in the salon, aestheticians treat skin to clarifying face and body treatments or enhance glances with faux eyelashes.