An outdoorsman since childhood, Jimmy Laverty can regularly be seen with a hefty pack full of gear strapped to his back and a strip of jerky hanging from his mouth. It came as no surprise to anyone, therefore, when he decided to open My Jerky Shop, a boutique palace of jerky offerings with dried and smoked meats in more than 100 varieties.
Light spices add flair to strips of ostrich or alligator jerky, two of the most exotic options, while maple-syrup-infused bacon and classic buffalo jerky keep traditionalist tongues happy. Meat-based mixes called pemmican incorporate sweet bursts of dried fruit with the smoky taste of beef. The majority of Jimmy's jerkies contain no MSG or preservatives, just good, old-fashioned meat obtained from Rocky Mountain suppliers. He even carries strips especially formulated for pets, an excellent way to repay a dog for kindly listening to your movie pitches.
Creative Branch's studio is guaranteed to nurture intimate, hands-on classes: with table and counter space for only 14 people, an instructor is never out of reach as students work clay into spontaneous hand-built shapes or sleek wheel-thrown bowls and vases. Albino dinosaurs and rhinos glance shyly from shelves of bisqueware, waiting to bloom into vibrantly painted decorations in guests' hands and then undergo professional glazing and firing.
Clayworkers might find further inspiration in the resident artists' handmade wares. Available in the shop and online, the collection brims with rustic mugs, dangly earrings, and abstract conversation pieces, ideal for keeping dinner guests from noticing that half the plates are just newspaper torn into circles.
Tile adds a clean, creative look to kitchens, bathrooms, and patios, but it's also an eco-friendly flooring material that requires no harsh chemicals or maintenance to keep it gleaming. Staff members at A World of Tile help clients to upgrade living spaces with this environmentally friendly alternative through in-house design consultations and a range of ceramic, stone, and specialty tiles. They amass products from across the globe, offering unique designs and SunTouch heated options that warm toes during cold winter months and prevent chihuahuas from shaking the whole year. During free hands-on workshops, staffers teach customers how to correctly install tile themselves or provide referrals to local contractors.
A franchise of the nationwide network of sporting-goods troves, Play It Again Sports? Colorado Springs location both stocks brand-new sports and fitness gear and recycles gently used equipment back into the hands of eager athletes. Everything from hockey sticks and skates to snowboards, bikes, and boxing bags?most discounted at half the original retail price?round out the ever-changing used inventory, though shiny new gear?including Easton baseball and softball bats and Taylormade irons and drivers?also gleams like freshly polished loafers made entirely from pennies.
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Kozzy Bottoms, owned and operated by a professional mother, swaddles babies and toddlers in outfits, blankets, and handcrafted accessories, and arms mothers and fathers with parental provisions. Parents safeguard teeny knees against furtive floor attacks with a pair of dalmatian leg warmers ($7) and equip children for their first lobster dinner with an organic Berry Sweet bib, made from 100% cotton ($8.95). A crocheted headband crowns itty-bitty empresses ($2.49), and the plush polyester of a Blue Circle Lovie blanket ($16) keeps babes cozy. A Baby Milano baby carrier ($30) is ideal for carrying small infants or large watermelons. This Groupon is not valid toward cloth diapers or wet bags.