Lots of parents can probably picture one favorite outfit that their kid would wear everyday if they could. Now imagine how much more kids would love that outfit if they had made it themselves. That's the idea behind C By Me Creative Art Studio, a space that lets kids play fashion designer and embellish their own clothes, hats, and accessories. Kids pick a design theme that can range from rock-star glam to superheroes, then they bring those designs to life with stamps, stencils, paint, rhinestones, and magic wands. Parents can bring their kids by for individual sessions, or book a private party. C By Me even offers summer camps that entertain kids with different crafts each day.
Over the course of nearly a decade of instruction, diving enthusiast and registered nurse Laura Parke has passed along the secrets of the deep to more than 700 divers. Though Laura leads a range of both basic and specialty courses, this deal is redeemable only for the private Discover Scuba Diving course for beginners ages 10 and up. The aqua-bound learning begins with students paddling in the pool to familiarize themselves with the gear and their functions. Once students are able to pat their heads while rubbing their goggles clean, they are carted off to get their fins wet at two shallow, oceanic locations. Tank toters will earn credit upon completion of this class, which can then be applied toward the Open Water Certification course, giving the average biped the chance to finally reunite with the speechless mermaid who got away.
Though Abdaliz has graced Cake Whimsy's frosted tops with life-size fondant Mardi Gras masks and delicate swirls of gold-flecked frosting, the seasoned pastry chef doesn’t want her cakes’ exteriors to be their most memorable asset. She recruits fresh ingredients to create her made-to-order collection of baked treats: the juice of ripe limes enlivens her key-lime pie—which has been featured on the Food Network's Follow That Food—and rich cream-cheese frosting tops her carrot cake. Additionally, Abdaliz happily collaborates with customers to create new flavor combinations and designs treats for special events, such as weddings, birthdays, or jury-duty-selection-pool reunions.
Fabric gurus at Tiffany Fabrics draw upon 37 years of textile savvy to transform interiors with more than 7,500 bolts of imported fabrics. The vast selection ranges from classic oriental and paisley patterns to modern-day animal prints and binary codes. Staff happily consult with customers to discern the best fabrics for their home-accessorizing needs, and match fabrics with thousands of trimmings, tassels and tiebacks. Once clients home in on their ideal fabric, Tiffany Fabrics' carpentry crew can fit it to furniture of all sizes.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.