Child1st products are specifically designed for right-brained learners, including visual and kinesthetic learners; those labeled with dyslexia, autism, Asperger's, and ADD; and those who struggle with reading comprehension. The multisensory materials are also effective with beginning readers to prevent difficulties.
Dish It Out exists as an outlet for crafty crafters to conceive elegant pottery, glass, and jewelry pieces without having to transform their tidy homes into Chianti-spattered art studios. Potential projects include pottery painting (pieces range from $1.50–$50), where spectrum-wielders can colorfully adorn a plate, figurine, or makeshift spittoon to their aesthetic preference. Afterward, Dish It Out will glaze and fire the piece, which the eager artiste can pick up within a week. Create alluring necklaces at Dish It Out's bead bar (pricing varies per bead), a stunning stockpile of sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, and real gemstones. Budding Bogeys and Bacalls can immortalize their handprints in a clay slab (starting at one hand for $25), and history buffs can use glass fusion ($16–$60) to fashion a plate commemorating George Washington's famous crossing of the Ganges.
Jewelology puts beauty into the hands of the beholder, leading to a sense of accomplishment rivaling that of a financially successful mime. Jewelry parties require four participants or more, and each Groupon entitles one partygoer to $15 worth of jewelry-making materials such as natural gemstones, Swarovski crystals, Czech cut-glass beads, sterling silver, and freshwater pearls (it is not required that all partygoers have a Groupon in order to attend). Or, if you don't want your firefighting buddies know you're a jewelryholic, reserve a spot in any class offered except the lampwork class and the hammered-silver class. Learn techniques such as wire ring wrapping, chain-and-stone necklace making, or chandelier-earring construction ($15 worth of class-specific materials will be provided).
If you paint your own pottery, there is no studio fee, and the price of the pottery includes all supplies and firing. Costs vary depending on the chosen 3D canvas. Kids’ pieces are $10–$25, dinnerware is $15–$60, and picture frames $22–$35; the average price of all pieces falls in the $15–$30 range. If you are distracted by a Night Court marathon and don't finish your masterpiece in one sitting, you can come in another day to finish for free (after that, it's $5 per visit). Upon completion, turn your project over to the pottery masters at the studio. They'll put the finishing flames on your project, which will be available for pick-up after about a week. This Groupon is also good for those who want to give glass fusing a whirl. First timers can take the glass class to learn the basics (schedule here), then put newfound skills to work building personalized frames, bowls, jewelry, and more. The typical glass project costs $15–$40.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
From floor to ceiling, the shelves of Crack'd Pot are lined with possibilities. There, more than 500 shapes of raw ceramic bisques are ripe for the picking. Available in 10 different categories, varieties range from dinnerware and necklaces to cookie jars. The studio's collection of glazes, available in a myriad of hues, matches the depth of the selection of provided brushes, sponges, and stamps. The staff allows guests to take as much time as they'd like to use these tools in creating their pieces—guests pay a flat fee rather than an hourly or lightyearly fee. Finished products are ready in approximately a week—glazed and fired by the staff—which makes all pieces food-safe.