Franklin Nursery is a family-owned and family-operated full-service garden center and gift shop that's been serving steaming platefuls of verdant life since 1973. The nursery specializes in shade, evergreen, and ornamental trees, all of which are grown locally on the owner's farm. In addition to dendrite-based life, choose from a wide selection of decorative shrubs (starting at $25), perennials ($10–$25), roses ($20–$30), and more. Summon talking squirrels to your garden with ceramic Witchety Woodland Tinkling Toadstools ($6–$18), decorative dollops of whimsy from Kinsman Garden Company. For the discerning, biodegradable gardener, choose from a selection of FoxFarm organic soils and fertilizers.
Some Wear Special has stocked its shelves with designer apparel and accessories for more than 25 years. The boutique purveys a range of labels, including Vera Bradley, Hobo, Big Buddha, and Timmy Woods. In addition to adult duds, the shop also carries gifts for moms-to-be and new parents, such as infant wear and new-baby user's manuals, as well as presents for special occasions, including wine glasses and personalized, rhinestone flip-flops.
Ski Haus readies snow traversers for icy plummets with clothing and gear from brand-name lines, while mending blades and boards in binding repair and tune-up services. Customers can secure their personal skis and boards with a binding repair, where a meticulous inspection and testing of binding ensures feet remain shackled in place during rides. A tune-up offers a choice of hand or machine sharpening that hones blades and levels the playing field when competing downhill or fleeing an aggressive pack of mountain goats as The Benny Hill Show theme plays in the background.
For more than 30 years, the certified picture framers of Rossier's Art Gallery have paired treasured art and collectibles with custom framing. Choosing from a wide selection of frames and mats, frame fashioners can house anything from prints or paintings to Junior's first speeding ticket using acid-free materials that help extend the life of precious works of art ($50+). The gallery also frames memorabilia, such as Steelers' jerseys or hard hats swiped from Steely McBeam. Rossier’s picture pros are happy to visit homes or offices for a free consultation on the best style of frame or a philosophical discussion on whether a collection of pencil shavings deserves to be displayed prominently. While dropping art off at Rossier’s, peruse the store’s art gallery, which showcases oils, watercolors, etchings, wire sculpture, blown glass, and more ($35+).
The folks who run Clayful Pottery’s studio don’t buy it when someone claims they aren’t creative. They believe that anyone regardless of their age or experience level can create works of art given the freedom and opportunity. Within a studio decked out in vibrant green hues and hand-painted wallflowers, guests unleash their hidden artistry on blank canvases in the form of plates, cups, vases, and decorative animal figurines, decorating them with their favorite colors, designs, or algebraic equations. The friendly staffers then fire and glaze ceramic masterpieces, readying them for pickup a week later. Staff members outfit guests with all the necessary supplies and advice during open studio sessions, as well as coordinate corporate events, bridal showers, and birthday parties, all of which can be held in one of two party rooms.