It’s a Party purveys upscale gifts for all occasions within its cozy boutique. Rarefied finds such as jalapeño-pepper jelly ($8.95) delight gift-seekers with a taste for sweet and fire flavor, and Mini Love Crosses ($11.95) reiterate the power of love with graffiti messages scrawled over a small white cross. For an aromatic touch in the home, office, or Cold War bunker, scented candles ($18.95) give olfactory kisses to enclosed spaces while casting a romantic ambient glow. Relax Petite Treat Handcreme ($7 mini, $24 large) pampers person paws with a moisturizing cocktail of lavender, bee-blossom honey, Indian amber and Tahitian vanilla. Spread across the store, themed gifts commemorate a variety of important events from graduations to baby showers, and cards and stationery stand ready to be launched into mailboxes and tethered to carrier pigeons.
Teeming with precisely organized lighting fixtures, Passion Lighting's 9,000-square-foot retail show room—a multiple-year finalist of Residential Lighting magazine’s Showroom of the Year award—is designed to demystify home lighting and interior design for the everyday customer. Owner Bruce Paul—one of only 125 ALA-certified lighting consultants in the nation—uses his years of illumination expertise to help customers solve their interior-design conundrums. In addition to his company’s website, Paul maintains the video blog LightingGourmet.com, where he doles out expert advice on household lighting strategies and irresistible video clips of kittens installing solar panels.
Rebecca Winters operates the BYOB painting studio Art in the Vine. In easy-to-follow classes aimed at artists young and old, Becca and her staff provide step-by-step instructions to create wall-ready paintings. Classes on Sunday - Thursday are open to children 14 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult painter during evening sessions. Children under the age of 18 cannot attend Friday or Saturday evening classes. Kidz classes are available for children ages 5 - 13 on Saturday mornings.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
Vetro Glass Blowing Studio & Art Gallery, winner of the WFAA-List’s award for best art gallery, offers the public an inside peek at renowned glass artists working on fragile creations. In a 30-minute, artist-instructed session, students help create one hand-blown, fluted glass bowl, choosing colors from among the vibrant Vetro palette.