Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She’s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show’s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling.
The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop’s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.
With an eye for bold design, the staff at FinnStyle curates clothing, home décor, and other goods from Finnish designers including Marimekko, Iittala, and Artek. The online store and brick-and-mortar building house wares that have been featured in magazines such as Lucky, Dwell, and The Nest. Among the items, colorful bolts of Marimekko fabric await future occupations as curtains, pillow covers, or dresses, and Kalevala jewelry designs, modeled after archeological finds from the Iron Age, form bold statement pieces for the neck, ears, and wrists.
Like sword makers in a samurai movie, Eversharp’s skilled artisans toil over blades to ensure that each one is flawlessly straight and sharp. Their shop, hailed as one of the nation's largest Wusthof retailers, houses specialized knives and knife sets suited for any need, be it cutting a turkey, slicing bread, or carving a jack-o’-lantern into the spitting image of Alex Trebek. In addition to supplying cutlery, the staffers sharpen blades on a rolling grindstone and host knife-skills classes that prepare students to tackle any cooking emergency with gusto.
We sell wallbeds, cabinets and mattresses. We have queen size and full size beds in four finishes, medium cherry, natural maple, dark cherry and high gloss white. Our beds are ready for customer pickup at our NE Mpls warehouse location, 3236 California St NE. Beds are packed in 3 boxes so with the longest being 90 inches
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a mahogany regal glass-door cabinet ($372), or in a hefty, finely trimmed narrow bookcase with drawer ($197). Or, display a new moving picture box on a bobbin leg console table ($116). Furniture comes in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables and chairs. Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
The dedicated brothers who operate Buck's Furniture have been presenting customers with a vast selection of high-quality, solid wood furniture for more than 50 years. Available unfinished, factory finished, or custom finished by in-house professionals, the majority of Buck's room fillers are wrought from maple, pine, or oak, with a few items crafted from still-decorated Christmas trees. A flexible number of supper guests may comfortably surround a kitchen table with metropolitan legs ($559.95), which extends from 60 inches to 75 inches long, and a steam-bent Windsor chair ($109.95–$139.95) invites after-dinner lingering by cradling backs in subtly curved solid wood. A comfy eucalyptus adironack chair ($199.95) inspires lazy chats and afternoon gossip about which milkman is secretly lactose intolerant, and painted rocking chairs ($169.95) outfit dens in creaky chic comfort available in both white and black.