Glass Growers Gallery covers its walls and pedestals with works by more than 100 regional artists and hosts regular art exhibits and other events. Functional pieces include pottery, jewelry, and lamps ($5+); prints ($5+) provide inquisitive onlookers with windows into worlds in which people and animals move in slower-than-slow motion. Glass Growers Gallery also creates commemorative wall reliefs, sculptures, and personalized awards to help illustrate customers' appreciation for coworkers, teammates, and fellow award enthusiasts.
Housed within an art gallery and wine shop, the Urraro Gallery outfits artwork and keepsakes with close-fitting protective frames. Staff lead patrons through a smorgasbord of wood and metal frames to find the border best suited to protect a portrait from harsh sunlight or the oily fingerprints of a child robot. A plethora of mats in various colors, textures, and shapes can accent prints, and shadow boxes house treasures such as a collection of medals, a lock of football-mascot fur, or a hobo's shadow. The average cost for a custom frame ranges $50–$150, and frame sizes range from quaint 4"x6" memory-keepers to 40"x60" frames large enough to hold a life-size print of a miniature pony. After framers finish their work on-site, clients can pick up the finished piece in the store or have it shipped home.
For 60 years, Al's Awning Shop has been awing residential and commercial clients with custom-made awnings, custom-designed canvas products, and more. Today's sidecar Groupon keeps the wind off your back while you test the ice for cracks. The ice hut, which measures 44"x58" at the base and 52" in height, has room for two tenants and features four pockets, two zippers, and two windows. Made with a sturdy, durable canvas, the hut can be easily assembled, dismantled, and hoisted by a solitary ice-fisherman.
The walls and racks at Teaching Touches bring order to an enormous collection of activity books, science experiments, teaching tools, and more. Friendly, knowledgeable staff members guide education professionals and parents through a heady maze of bingo games, in which students are introduced to time telling, addition, vowels, and more ($9.99+), before reaching the grove of colossal-size classroom posters, featuring inspirational classics such as Open for learning, Are you making progress?, and You’re doing an interesting job dressing yourself ($15.49 for a combo pack of six). The Mulplication Rock DVD ($19.99) teaches kids math through music, and Games to Go let kids learn anywhere, from road trips to Red Rover breaks ($22.99+). Give nascent imaginations a concrete outlet with PlayFoam, which equips young sculptors with the power to replicate Michelangelo's David or craft unflattering busts of their pediatricians.
The Sassy Peacock outfits fashionable women with a stylish assortment of hand-selected garments and accessories in a wide range of sizes, from petite to plus size. Arming its aesthetic arsenal with top brands, such as Talbots, Chico's, and Coldwater Creek, the consignment boutique restocks its trendy inventory with the frequency of a supermarket speed-dating aisle, instilling impeccably organized racks with fresh fashions, such as Old Navy jeans ($10.99) and shirts from The Limited ($11.99). Footwear aficionados can treat toes to Nine West shoes ($13.99), while the consummate clotheshorse trots off in a tasteful Talbots sweater ($14.99). Flatter your figure in a Chico's blazer ($16.99), and stash away all your complements in Vera Bradley purse ($24.99).
For more than 50 years, Van Tuil Photo and Imaging has specialized in protecting, beautifying, and restoring its customers' sentimental items. Photo experts enlarge prints and digital images to new, high-resolution sizes, and restore aged photos and video to like-new condition. The shop's framers fit pictures of all shapes and sizes in custom frames and a range of colorful mats, completing most jobs in under a week. Van Tuil also specializes in preservation framing for items ranging from photos to vintage sports memorabilia.
Edible Arrangements smothers semisweet chocolate on one of six fresh fruits, including apples, strawberries, oranges, pineapple, pears, and bananas, to ensure loved ones meet daily confections quotas. More popular than other edible dozens, such as eggs or tube socks, the 12 fruit pieces come packaged in a decorative box, ready to unleash unadulterated affection to rejoicing recipients. The strawberry- and-granny-smith-apple box contains crisp freshness beneath its enticing exterior, and dipped orange wedges and pineapple daisies envelop taste buds in a citrus cyclone. On a holiday, a first school day, or any day, an Edible Arrangement can turn a frown into an upright grapefruit wedge, a tear into a three-tiered citrus structure, and a friend into still just a friend, but one with a sweet, balanced diet.