The owners of Vino Vitae welcome newcomers and connoisseurs alike to the wide world of wine appreciation. They constantly research wines, sharing bottles not typically found in the aisles of grocery stores with groups during classes and tastings held indoors at their shop's bar or, in warm weather, on an outdoor patio. Guests may learn how to describe the scent of wine using an aroma wheel, how to judge quality, and other skills.
Originally opened by owner Hillary Dutcher in Columbus, Ohio, Ivy Hill Boutique packs its cozy shop with women’s jewelry, apparel, and accessories from both well-known and emerging designers. Shoppers of every primping preference can adorn themselves in Idylle novelty tees ($48), fend off winged monkeys with a Tolani scarf ($78), and store their valuable Confederate scrip in Delux wallets ($26). Otherwise, wrap yourself in finery from Trina Turk and Susana Monaco (both starting at $70) to draw admiring stares from every passerby and envious stares from every naked passerby. Jewelry lovers, meanwhile, can bedazzle themselves with agate rings ($28), Viv and Ingrid birthstone stud earrings ($18), and David Aubrey initial necklaces ($48). One quick wallop from a Big Buddha handbag ($70 and up) is enough to dispatch up to seven shoplifters at a time, after which you can wash your hands of the whole affair with Gianna Rose soaps ($12 and up) and light a sage candle ($26 and up) in memory of your favorite Star Wars stormtrooper.
Paste offers a bevy of art-honing classes at its crafty abode that add variety and a noticeable glimmer to hustling-and-bustling schedules. Classes, ranging from $25 to $30, are short workshops offered during convenient evening and weekend hours, leaving students plenty of free time for Googling eBay on Craigslist. Paste learning sessions feature a small and intimate setting with usually no more than 15 attendees, providing plenty of room to get your Jackson Pollock on. Jazz up any wardrobe by taking a jewelry-making class, which produces a necklace and two pairs of earrings, or opt for a beginning knitting class that gets the yarn ball rolling on a snowman-appreciated scarf. Or organize a group night out to a wine-glass-painting class, where cheese, crackers, and drinks fuel tipsy craftiness.
First Night is a community celebration of the New Year expressed through the arts. It is a major visual and performing arts festival created by and for the community to welcome the New Year. First Night’s mission is to broaden and deepen the public’s appreciation of the arts through diverse and high quality programming.
The professional roofers at Iron Star Roofing & Gutters keep home lids spotless and maintain curb appeal by inspecting and cleaning rooftops. A shingle inspector first assesses structural integrity in one- and two-story abodes, combing slanted and flat roofs for evidence of water seepage, latent rot, and Gothic gables poorly sewn together out of romance-novel dust jackets. After confirming roof functionality, roof walkers muck out leaves, dirt, and debris from up to 200 feet of gutter, streamlining rain flow away from sensitive shingles and hydrophobic attics.
Since 1990, Pitaya has fashioned its own line of American-made clothes for ladies looking to stay stylish no matter the season. Fresh merchandise hits the store weekly—stock up on what's hot so you're not forced to design makeshift togas from dead leaves and discarded cornhusks. Annettes can attract admiring passersby with the mesh ballerina skirt ($24), whereas Carols can give their legs a big pair hug with the linen-blend trousers ($39). The polka-dot-print tent dress ($34) emits elegance sprinkled with adventure, like a cocktail party held on the side of a cliff, and the black slouchy V-tee ($22) gives décolletages the social exposure not allowed by tyrannical turtlenecks or stifling scarves.