That Pottery Place Studio’s shelves brim with hundreds of unfinished ceramic pieces, each ready to blossom with a completely unique bouquet of colors and designs. Animal-painted plates sit propped alongside decorative birdbaths, planters, coffee mugs, and owl figurines designed to scare pigeons away from the china hutch. Guests can throw their creativity at these 3D canvases using the studio’s stencils, brushes, sponges, and dozens of glazes. Staff members make the rounds sharing tips on technique and helping sort through idea books with painters during open studio time.
Marcia Langford Perez's brother Gene once owned a small farm in north Florida. Here, each season, he would plant a few vines of rare grapes. When it came time to harvest, he chose his brother Philip as the vintner. This family affair quickly pulled in Marcia and her husband Gerald, who joined in tending the vineyards and making wine. After Gene passed away, Marcia decided to honor his legacy: she opened Wine Workshop and Brew Center, a polished craft store and urban winery dedicated to the art of independent brewing and winemaking.
Today, Marcia and her staff explore the ins and outs of winemaking during in-store classes and slumber parties in the fermentation tanks. They help visitors choose their grape or juice, blend the yeast, and?after a few weeks?collect, bottle, and label the finished wine. They also teach beer brewing in a series of weekly workshops, highlighting the partial-boil process and the uses of hops, yeast, and specialty malts. For those who want to try brewing on their own, the store also supplies ingredients and equipment such as fermentation containers, extract kits, base and specialty grains, and full wine kits from popular producers.
For more than 20 years, the certified technicians at DEKRA Emission Check have done one thing and done it well: superfast Georgia-state vehicle-emissions inspections. Although most patrons choose to stay in the car and alphabetize their eight-track collection during the typically five-minute inspection, many of the growing list of almost 30 Atlanta-area locations feature an indoor lounge for auto owners to kick back in. If a vehicle?s emissions exceed the regulated limit, the team advises drivers of their options and performs a free retest at a later date.
Since its creation in 1925, DEKRA Emission Check?s umbrella company, DEKRA, has grown to include more than 30,000 employees in 50 countries. In addition to having performed more than three million vehicle inspections in the United States, the larger business offers services such as expert appraisals, industrial product testing and certifications, and management-system certifications.
With locations peppered across the area, Vybz Musiq & Extras stocks its shelves with various forms of entertainment?especially kung-fu DVDs. Although the shop also carries other fun stuff such as CDs, it reserves enough space for movies about martial arts. Vybz's inventory includes both popular and?hard-to-find titles such as Rumble in Hong Kong, 7 Blows of the Dragon, and Dance of the Drunk??Mantis, which, oddly enough, was almost the title of the first Beatles album.
Vintage beads, glass beads, crystal beads, African beads—at The Bead Shoppe, there's no such thing as a "plain" bead. The cozy store populates its shelves and nooks with all kinds of beading essentials, including findings, wires, and other crafting supplies. Although not found in containers or on shelves, advice and inspiration is readily available as well. That holds especially true during the shop's interactive classes, which are offered by appointment throughout the week. For instance, during the basic beading class, students learn the fundamentals of making necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that can be added to jewelry collections or draped around a cactus named Tiffany.