Claytopia's spacious studio gives children and adults a place to test their creative chops through the medium of clay painting. A wide variety of blank, premade clay bisques offer myriad canvasses upon which the fevered imaginations of patrons may be projected. Bisque prices range from $1 to $50 per piece, and an hourly fee applies ($6 per hour for adults, $4 per hour for children under 13) to cover unlimited use of all paints, glazes, stencils, stamps, and other instruments of artistic creation, including philosophical advice and painting tips from the talented staff. Possible paintable forms include coffee mugs, plates, picture frames, and Disney figurines. All bisques and paints are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe. After painting and glazing their piece of choice, art makers should allow a week for the bisque to be fired in the kiln and laid off from its part-time job before picking up the newly hardened artistic creation.
Since 1910, Hallmark has stocked its shelves with a wide variety of greeting cards, gifts, and thoughtful keepsakes. Patrons can write a formal request for better candy from neighbors with Halloween greeting cards ($0.99+ each) or record a personalized greeting card to document a baby's first words in English or made-up baby language. Keepsake ornaments ($9.95+) inspired by the memorable Peanuts comic strip feature Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown decked out in Halloween costumes, and a variety of scrapbook kits and photo albums help to preserve memories without having to pickle the brain. A large selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bags encloses gifts in layers of festivity.
At The Flower Fountain, expert florists encourage smiles and uplift noses by composing contemporary and traditional bouquets. Greet the return of migrating ice-cream-truck herds with a summery spray of orange roses, hot-pink carnations, and matsumoto asters gracing the How Sweet It Is bouquet ($39.95+) or turn to a variety of other warm-weather arrangements. Birthdays and clown-college-graduation parties benefit from the addition of a Basket Full of Wishes, a wicker basket bursting with a chorus of yellow spray roses flanked by asiatic lilies and miniature gerberas ($45.95+). The Garden in Glass ($41.75+) encloses a 5-inch-tall miniature garden of live plants, pebbles, and garden-gnome footprints in a simple glass cylinder. Additionally, customers can gift compatriots with gourmet gift baskets such as the Delicious Delights, stuffed with fresh fruit, cheese, and sausage ($60.95+).
With a proprietary dust-free refinishing system, Fabulous Floors’ team of hardwood experts rejuvenates dull, scratched floors and leaves them with a glossy finish. Rather than sanding away wood and leaving piles of dust, the team's system buffs away nicks and scratches in the floor’s surface, prepping it for a coat of durable polyurethane.
The factory-trained sleep experts at Mattress Matters strive to help customers get up on the right side of the bed with a wide range of mattress brands and types. Clients count fewer sheep than ever before on a Simmons Beautyrest queen set, whose motion-separating, pocketed coil springs and highly trained shepherds fill nights with uninterrupted REM cycles ($699+). Developed by NASA, the Tempur-Pedic bed conforms to every nook and cranny of the body, supporting perfect spinal alignment and comfort ($1,199+). Media mogul Donald Trump's line of luxury slumber vehicles boasts KoolComfort memory foam and a top-layer quilt to caress bodies and minds into dreamland ($849+), and the Sealy Posturpedic's orthopedically correct support aids in creating ache-free days and z-filled nights ($579+).