At any given time, more than 200 pieces of unfinished ceramics can be found on the shelves at Brushes & Bisque. Though the pieces will soon find use as coffee mugs, dinner plates, and jewelry boxes, they still require a final glaze before they can hold treats or treasures. During classes for kids and adults, painters work with provided tools and materials to coat the pieces with an artistic touch.
In addition to pottery painting, Brushes & Bisque offers clay classes, also with provided tools and materials. Kids’ clay classes cover the basics of coiling, pinching, and glazing, and adult pottery classes equip sculptors with a pottery wheel.
The Ferguson network of stores carries an extensive selection of equipment and supplies to overhaul or update automobiles, gardens, kitchens, baths, and patios. Beef up a bare tool belt with a Bostitch rip hammer ($25.99) or a 10-piece screwdriver set ($13.49). Spruce up drab rooms and lackluster family pets with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore paint or air out an arid space and improve Darth Vader impersonations with an oscillating desk fan ($17.99).
Edvard Munch’s The Scream. Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss. These works are indisputable masterpieces, but prints and posters of them are ubiquitous enough to make them tiring. For decorative artist Alexis Carberry, one of the joys of her job is creating things that no one has ever seen before. “People can’t even fathom the things I can come up with for them.”
To create each singular masterpiece, Alexis kicks off projects with in-depth consultations. The client can present polished ideas or just a color scheme, theme, photos of the space, or a favorite Rorschach blot. In response, Alexis sketches several ideas until she and her client decide on the ideal design. Wielding high-density, fume-free acrylic paints, she then sets to work on walls, canvases, or furniture. Depending on the size, projects can take up to several weeks to complete; but if properly maintained, they can last a lifetime.
For more than 35 years, America's Star Window Washing’s crew of magicians has been making windows practically disappear. Customers can call upon the fully insured cleaning technicians to do simple home window washing or to bring along commercial height-ascension equipment to reach skyscraper windows or the bifocals of local Paul Bunyans. America's Star’s crews also tackle other household-maintenance projects, such as carpet and gutter cleaning, power washing, and house painting.
A new baby can bring with it a bundle of new responsibilities, leaving parents anxious and in need of assistance. Thankfully, buybuy BABY’s expansive retail stores help preserve parental sanity with more than 20,000 products designed to ease the process of raising an infant or toddler. Online product guides and in-store registry specialists help parents sift through the wealth of strollers, highchairs, and other baby essentials from an encyclopedic list of brands.
Though buybuy BABY's stores can be as large as 60,000 square feet, parents feel like the center of attention thanks to private feeding rooms where they can freshen up their infants or test out new pacifiers without judgment. At the register, shoppers can present competitor pricing or coupons, which buybuy BABY honors as a commitment to keeping things affordable. Even after items have been wrapped in their signature pastel paper and shipped out, buybuy BABY looks out for families by faithfully reposting government recalls and accepting returns at all stores and online warehouses, even during naptime.
Inside Bee N’ Crafty’s kid-friendly studio, shelves of unpainted items await the painterly inspiration of brush-wielding guests. The customizable collection includes decorative pieces, such as figurines and coin banks, as well as functional items, including mugs, bowls, and plates. When they aren’t adding life to these scores of ceramic pieces, guests can sharpen their creative instincts with beading projects, woodcrafts, and acrylic painting on canvas, or attend one of the monthly craft workshops. No matter the chosen medium, the studio accommodates both small groups and large parties, and welcomes guests to bring their own refreshments.