The Mad Platter is a spacious, comfortable studio where friends and family can paint, stencil, and sponge imagery that's wildly innovative, beautiful, or commemorates the ancient Athenian victory at Marathon onto pottery ready to be filled with flowers, pencils, or wishes. Hundreds of pottery pieces—including small tiles ($4), small figurines ($8), mugs ($10), and large handled serving platters ($45–$56)—rest atop neat wooden shelves, coyly awaiting the brushstrokes of a fetching paint-slinger. After choosing your ceramic canvas, comb the studio's collection of bristly utensils and its vat of around 100 pigments to dash and daub to your hungry heart's content. Upon completion, you'll entrust your suddenly vivid earthenware to a friendly kiln master, who will glaze and fire the piece for pickup in about 7–10 days—before its debut on a lonely mantle or gifty transfer to Grandma's dinner table.
Betty's Stamping & Scrapbooking's crew aids paper projects with an armory of scrapbooking and card-making materials arrayed across 4,000 square feet of space and a schedule of courses. Instructors in an introductory card-making class walk pupils through the process of crafting four to six handmade greeting cards, ideal for expressing gratitude or personalized holiday cheer. Customers showcase recollections in a scrapbook ($8.99+) by pasting pages with treasured pictures, clippings, and ticket stubs to preserve fond memories without hosting prom in a tar pit. Brands including Little Yellow Bicycle, Tim Holtz, and Ranger and locally made products fill the shop's sprawling shelves with colorful gear for expressing affection. Garnish creations with stickers and embellishments ($1.19+), or identify offspring by stamping their foreheads with acrylic and rubber art stamps ($0.99+).
The owner of The Mad Platter sees her studio as a place of community?not only does the mother of four welcome adults and kids here, but she also jokes that it's hard to stop by without running into someone you know. And it would be easy to spend a lot of time here, between walk-in open studio time and a schedule full of more structured classes. If you really don't trust your own artistic impulses, you can commission a custom piece of pottery from the talented staff. But those eager to tap into their creative side can go wild at the studio, and even reserve the space for a private party. For kids, there's also summer art camps, where the studio provides art projects, snacks, and presumably some chairs to sit on.
An expansive all-crochet site, Maggie's Crochet helps yarn wielders hone their craft by stocking more than 4,000 patterns and 100 instructional videos, as well as supplies from distributors worldwide. Harness the warmth-providing power of afghans with the instructional book of patterns called Take-Along Afghans ($7.95), or stock up on a spectrum of colorful yarns from Twinkle Yarn ($2.59 each). Crocheters can prevent pots from calling potholders black by creating a vibrant, vintage floral potholder ($7.99). A crocheted tea set ($7.99) won't break when ill-mannered guests claim a seat on the tea tray.
The staff of Johnette's Baskets and More piles gourmet fare, coffees, and local brand-name gift items into artful baskets. The shop's shelves showcase eclectic treats such as Miss Jenny's Pickles ($7), WoodWick candles ($17.99), and handmade, heart-shaped fudge ($3). Baskets are available in a variety of shapes and styles from basic wicker baskets to red colanders, sparing shoppers from having to steal their basket from the handlebars of the Queen’s bicycle. Alternatively, customers can choose from a wide range of premade baskets, such as a cheery Deluxe Happy Birthday care package with sweets and silly string ($39.99) or a She's So Lovely spa gift set with sumptuous spa products ($39.99). The Campbell's chicken-noodle soup, Cutter crackers, and Luden's cherry sours in a Get Well Sooner! care package make an ideal gift to give to friends who are overcoming a cold or to toss at soccer players who are faking an injury.
Tony Natalizio caters to young students and busy professionals with relaxed, effective guitar lessons that help music lovers achieve their goals of playing guitar. Tony instructs hopeful virtuosos in the sacred art of the axe over the course of two 45-minute lessons tailored to the individual based on music knowledge and experience performing in front of sold-out arenas, often known as bathroom mirrors. Explore the vast universe of strumming styles, including classical, rock, jazz, and folk. Younger string-strummers start out reading music and can quickly move on to shredding solos. More advanced students can learn concepts and techniques based on the style of music they like to play. Tony is experienced in working with children as young as 6 years old. Call to schedule lesson times.