Craig Coyne's wares speckle owners with a dazzling shine emanating from sterling silvers, yellow gold, and precious stones. Adorn lobes with the sterling silver sparkle plenty earrings ($99), with the multicolored gemstones and pearls of the drop earrings ($60), or with last year's tree ornaments. The flat freshwater pearls of the blue moon bracelet set add an aquatic accent to any empty appendage ($90), and the bypass ring's amber bead and freshwater pearls beckon high-fives and handshakes ($59). Similarly, the golden links with glitz watch, complete with an elegant gold-toned stainless-steel casing ($89), is more fashionable and practical than a sundial-shaped fedora.
While other children were playing outside Charlene Randolph's bedroom window, she was buried in her coloring books, scribbling intently with her crayons. This passion for two-dimensional art led her to take a slew of illustration classes in high school, but it wasn't until college that she discovered the clay medium and the world of functional, three-dimensional art. Tossing her canvases and drawing pencils to the side, Charlene became the primary instructor at The ClayGround Studio & Gallery, a BYOB workshop that provides novice potters with all the tools, materials, and fire-breathing abilities needed to craft stoneware art. Charlene's own masterpieces are available for purchase through the studio's website or at various boutiques and galleries across the country.
Mat About You's framing experts, whose work bedecks the walls of the Ritz Carlton, prepare everything from artwork to sports jerseys for eye-pleasing display. They pop pictures into ready-made frames or craft custom frames from their stock of molding to match patrons’ aesthetic sensibilities. Staffers also nestle keepsakes into 3D shadow boxes, help restore damaged photographs, and tap into museum-quality conservation techniques to preserve historic documents and sports memorabilia, such as the first tennis ball ever repurposed for a game of fetch.
Mat About You also boasts an on-site gallery stocked with potential frame fodder, such as original art, limited edition giclée reproductions, and open-edition prints. Customers can add extra pizzazz to their home decor thanks to the store's boutique collection, which brims with jewelry, furniture, pottery and ceramics, and garden adornments such as model solar systems to erect around sunflowers.
Bunched together in a vase of clear glass, freshly cut stems support the blossoms of fuchsia roses, pink carnations, and white daisies. A wicker basket brims with orange Asiatic lilies and purple asters, its weight anchoring a Mylar balloon emblazoned with the words "Happy Birthday."
These are just two of the sights that rank as commonplace within the polychromatic confines of Wilhide's Unique Flowers & Gifts, a shop that specializes in celebrating special occasions with bouquets and gourmet food baskets. Wilhide’s florists take care while crafting their bouquets to ensure that each stem has a pristine bloom and each petal is fitted with a dapper top hat.
The bakers at The Breadery have a daily routine. They begin by stone-grinding red and white Montana wheat (which they’ve chosen for their high protein content) to make their whole grain breadsand, using the entire seed to turn wheat into flour. After forming the loaves by hand and allowing them to rise, they pop them in the rotating bread oven which holds up to 450 loaves. Then they survey their shelves to make sure they have all the garden herb, cinnamon raisin walnut, grains galore, orange cranberry pecan, cheddar parmesan, and more. They also offer authentic style Artisan breads like real French baguettes, Italian ciabatta, focaccia, and Greek olive bread. Pair pastry treats like scones, fruit tarts, and sticky buns with with small-vineyard wines and artisan spreads wine.
All of Fitness Together’s trainers graduate from an in-house educational program, which supplements the staff's requisite degrees and certifications in fitness training. Customized fitness pursuits begin in the personal-training sessions with an analysis in which clients divulge desired results and secret dreams of body doubling for the Brawny man. Trainers then funnel goals into an individualized exercise plan prepared prior to a patron’s first workout.