Eponymous owner Winnie Williams uses Winnie’s Fashion Design as a stage from which she illuminates the mesmerizing world of fashion. Winnie lovingly curates a rotating selection of handmade clothing alongside a collection of exhibits, publications, and programs that educate her patrons about fashion. The shop’s staff alters clothing for clients and instructs the design curious in introductory and advanced clothing- and accessory-making classes. During classes, attendees learn basics, such as how to thread a needle, operate a sewing machine, and how to perform sutures on accident-prone dolls. They might also complete advanced projects, such as constructing a handbag from scratch. During its periodic fashion shows, Winnie’s Fashion Design shows off the modest, classy designs that characterize the company.
The course at Dickson Country Club invites golfers to herd their golf balls over a verdant expanse divvied up into 18 tree-lined holes. Golfers take aim at bentgrass greens from tee boxes, fairways, and rough composed of bermuda grass, so-called for its mysteriously disappearing divots. Players may choose from four sets of tees, rendering the course enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels.
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PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
The Laurel Leaf owner and stained-glass instructor Bethany Laurel Reiser teaches pairs the design principles and equipment tips they need to know to create delicate glass art. During the four-hour introductory course, the studio equips groups of up to 10 students with glass, stain, and tools and sets them to work crafting their own simple, custom patterns or building one of several beginner designs. Amateur artisans cut glass with grinders, ring saws, and well-placed karate chops before arranging pieces within their frames using copper foil and lead-free solder. Each lesson includes a midday break for a 30-minute lunch, be it a brown-bag special or a meal from three nearby restaurants in the historic Leiper's Fork area. At the end of the workshop, each pupil leaves with a stunning 8"x10" stained-glass creation that he or she can show off to friends or install as a windshield to make commuting more pleasant.