Hands On Pottery equips artists with an assorted stockpile of unmarked pottery and food-safe paints so they can fill china cabinets and gift boxes with hand-decorated dishes. Feel free to pair up lonely flatware with plates of multiple sizes ($13–$19), give flowers a place to rest their laurels in a glazed vase ($13–$32), or let incontinent coffeepots drain into one of several styles of mug ($13–$17). Guests can also affix a refrigerator magnet ($3) to prop up reminders to close the refrigerator, or decorate a piggy bank as a reminder to save up to buy a real pig ($13).
Family owned and operated for three generations, Springdale Florist & Greenhouses couples flower bouquets with stuffed animals and gourmet nibbles. Present a beloved with the buds and Godiva chocolate of a Pink Rose Bouquet ($49.99), or outdo miniature candy hearts’ hesitant whispers with the thunderous frosted bellow of “Happy Valentines” on a 12-inch Mrs. Fields cookie ($44.99). A stuffed bear embraces a ceramic vase of purple lisianthus and limonium in a Big Hug Bouquet ($45–$65) while bamboo curls into heart shapes in a Be Still My Heart Valentine arrangement ($49.99). The plethora of Hershey, Snickers, and Butterfinger candy bars in a Chocolate Lover’s Dream Bouquet($44.99) can satisfy a family aquarium’s sweet-toothed barracuda.
YogurBerry’s cavalcade of self-serve frozen yogurt and toppings allows patrons to customize their own desserts. More than 16 flavors of yogurt—sweetened only with natural fruit sugar—include chocolate, raspberry, and green tea. A list of more than 40 toppings include fruits such as kiwi, mango, and strawberries, alongside nuts and cereals.
For more than a century, Ring's End has put quality home improvement products in the hands of homeowners and contractors. A Stanley FatMax level ($30.99) ensures all paintings and ouija boards are hung correctly, and a gallon of Benjamin Moore Regal Classic paint ($40.19) creates a vibrant new hue on staid interior walls. Fiberon composite decking ($2.95+/ft.) helps to craft sturdy, colorful backyard-grilling platforms and arrives backed by a 20-year limited warranty. Handymen and women can keep tools easily accessible, organized, and ready to travel with a Veto Pro Pac tool bag ($144.99), which holds more than 100 hand tools and includes six zippered pockets to hide worksite snacks from Bob Vila.
An interior-furnishings emporium, Design Solutions houses a cache of wares that can embellish walls, floors, and ceilings with a fresh vibe. Cushion a spontaneous backflip with a solidly colored Fatboy ($284), a sleek update on the classic beanbag, or punch up a drab wall with the Dottlicious designs by Wallcandy ($59)⎯80 removable dots ranging from 1 inch to 10 inches in diameter and ideal for a game of antigravity Twister. Continue the colorific cacophony in the kitchen with melamine plates ($10), trays ($23), and salad bowls ($24) by French Bull. Design Solutions also campaigns against interior doldrums by purveying pottery, toys, and lamps, which, like rays of sunlight or a 15-foot-wide heap of glow sticks, can light up a room.
The talented embroiderers at The Monogram Studio artfully stitch beautiful motifs onto household items, clothing, and office supplies. After dropping off or sending in any item of their choice ($20+ for three-letter monogram, $25+ for names), customers can sport their monikers on terry-cloth robes, or legally claim rights to lost wallets by having their initials professionally sewn into them. Because The Monogram Studio eschews the use of embroidery hoops, each fabric surface remains unsullied from unsightly folds or circles. The studio's online emporium tempts shoppers with sundry items for personalized stitching, such as golf towels ($35), suitable for thoughtful gifting, or quilted saddle pads ($60) for helping horses to remember their riders' initials.