The friendly staff at Paula's Fine Fabrics unspools more than 2,500 bolts of fabric for do-it-yourselfers, equipping them with stylish fibers for sewing, quilting, and smocking projects. With Amy Butler and Michael Miller fabrics at their disposal ($10.99–$11.99/yd.), crafters can string together silky new blankets or reupholster the family dog. Miller's Baby Girl collection contours shades of pink into baby-friendly formations including dots, stripes, elephants, and bicycles. Specialty fabrics for heirloom sewing ($6–$20/yd.) lend a vintage look without having to add inseam pince-nez or lapel wainscoting. As an authorized dealer of Bernina products, the team of fabric aficionados retails and repairs a variety of sewing machines. Paula's Fine Fabrics fosters a tightly knit community by participating in such events as Quilt Fest 2011 and hosting a range of classes for both novices and masters.
The talented florists at The Flower Shoppe and Things pass on the skills necessary to forge eye-catching arrangements during floral-design classes. Blossom newbies acquaint themselves with a variety of blooms from around the world before gleaning tips on how to make flower displays look as vibrant and fresh as a peacock in a rap video. The hands-on workshop bolsters a laid-back, intimate setting with class sizes limited to 10 students and includes all necessary flowers and materials. For an additional cost, participants can upgrade their class so they can choose their own colors, flower types, and vases to match home decorations or to make meat lockers appear homier.
Four Corners Custom Framing owner Chad McCluskey once elevated mall art to high art at a Deck the Walls frame shop, where he would preserve $6,000 art pieces alongside Scarface posters at Christmas. Now that he owns his own framing shop, Chad loves to display his clients' finished pieces in his sprawling front windows just so he can revel in the looks on their faces when they come to pick it up. Chad takes equal pleasure in the sheer variety of things he gets to frame, which has encompassed everything from poisonous blow darts to a lone turkey gobbler from a father-daughter hunting expedition.
Charlie Parker set his clay career spinning in 1967 at age 14 when he worked as a part-time clay-mixer at Minnesota Clay Company. As his passion began to flourish, he chased it to the studio of Warren Westerberg, working as an apprentice and molding himself into a master of form and expression. Today, Charlie's 3,600-square-foot workshop offers plenty of space for classes and open-studio time. Under his guidance, aspiring artists of all experience levels make their own projects from Continental and Laguna clays available for purchase. Charlie's artisans also offer their own pieces for sale in the gallery, including figurines and bottles guaranteed to be free of tricksome genies.
Cee 2 Cee’s team of technicians keeps yards well groomed, perfuming area homes with the welcoming aroma of freshly cut grass. Armed with upwards of 15 years of experience, the crew deploys a fleet of ride-on and self-propelled mowers to trim overgrown greens, before resolving neighborhood border disputes via sidewalk edging and zip trimming services. Along with doling out buzz cuts to unruly yards, Cee 2 Cee’s team further beautifies home exteriors thanks to services such as shrub trimming, general mulching, small tree pruning, and mani-pedis for hardworking garden gnomes.
Boasting a variety of pigment-ready fields, Arc Angels Paintball arms and equips players for polychromatic combat operations. Paint-packing players take to the turf with an all-day field pass, dashing between splatter-coated plywood forts and diving for cover behind inflatable bunkers. Fast-paced games of elimination pit teams of 3–10 against each other in a compact arena, necessitating the tactical use of suppressing fire and indoor voices. Designed to break on contact, paintball shots may cause a momentary sting, but they are infinitely less painful than once-popular paintcubes.