High-quality gear and apparel from renowned outfitters such as Rossignal, Merker, and Tecnica line the racks and shelves at 4 Seasons Sports, formerly known as the longstanding Dobler’s Ski Cottage. Here, outdoor-sports enthusiasts can locate attire in the form of goggles and boots to protect them from the elements, such as wind and the tears of lonely snowmen. They can also lug existing gear to the full-service shop, where professional technicians ready their skis and snowboards for jaunts down nearby mountains.
At Wines of Wine OT’s polished, granite-topped wine bar, wine connoisseurs pour small sips of vintages from Six Hands Winery and Sorelle Winery. Catering completely to diehard oenophiles, the storefront stocks a vast inventory of handmade wine-barrel furniture. Artisans dismantle barrels and reassemble them into Adirondack chairs, cocktail tables, and fire pits. Additionally, they stock hundreds of white oak wine barrels, which customers can repurpose as home decor or fish-shooting galleries.
Inside Bunches of Beads, visitors might get lost. It's not that the store is giant. In fact, the space is rather cozy. But the trove of multi-colored beads, chains, charms, and supplies is sure to bewitch any DIY-jeweler into a state of wholly positive disorientation. Inside their wooden display cases, strands of freshwater pearls and rows of tiny seed beads provide inspiration for a new necklace, bracelet, or beaded beer koozie, while tools such as rentable micro torches encourage crafters to complete a project. You can also start a project in one of Bunches of Beads' classes, which range from beginners beading courses to wire-wrapping and repurposing vintage pieces into new works of wearable art.
NewSongs School of Music expands instrument IQs with a medley of musical instruction courses for adults and kids age 5 and older, covering everything from the drums to the flute to vocals. Exchange air guitars for solid strings in the four-week Intro to Guitar course ($85), which pairs no more than six students age 9–12 with an experienced-eared instructor, or facilitate a toddler jam band with the one-hour Morning Music for Little Musicians ($15 for one drop-in class), during which tiny superstars develop rhythm, pitch, and industry connections. A musical theater course ($18 for one drop-in class) invites students to practice acting and Broadway-style song, and a week of Talent Camp, held in half- and full-day ($24/day or $108/week) sessions, lets participants experience camp camaraderie without the threat of bunk-bed bogeymen. NewSongs School of Music holds classes at a variety of days and times to accommodate tight schedules, and it employs a bevy of experienced, professional instructors.
People often use flowers to send messages to their loved ones, and The Flower Cart is passionate about working with customers to help them find a floral arrangement that sends the perfect message. The Love's Divine bouquet says “I love you” with a mix of red and white roses, and the Fairest of All arrangement's woven basket says, “You're beautiful and can carry everything to the picnic.” The Flower Cart never hesitates to go the extra mile, even hand-delivering bouquets to residences and businesses throughout Acampo, Clements, Galt, Lockeford, and Lodi.