With a team of instructors adding two more decades of experience to the mix, Rainbow Vision Stained Glass expands the community of glass workers through small group classes. Students gather within Rainbow Vision Stained Glass’s sprawling Victorian-style headquarters to learn the fundamentals of making stained glass or the more sophisticated techniques necessary for crafting glass boxes, Tiffany-style lampshades, or glass houses for those who have sworn off throwing rocks. The studio also teaches fused-glass skills, which can yield everything from pendants to wine-bottle stoppers.
Anticipating the needs of its pupils, Rainbow Vision Stained Glass peddles everything a glass artist might desire. More than 400 styles and colors of glass gleam within, more than 300 pattern books await crafters in need of inspiration, and soldering irons stand ready to bind creations together.
A portmanteau of spa and salon, Spalon combines the hair, nail, and skin treatments of a salon with the relaxing services of a spa. The extensive service menu is housed in an equally expansive interior. Browns, beiges, and abundant plant life permeate the multiroom interior, evoking a sense of nature while clients relax during hot-stone massages, seaweed and french green-clay body masks, and Brazilian blowouts.
Within its page-filled premises, Cupboard Maker Books stocks more than 100,000 hard-to-find hardback and paperback titles in categories ranging from Americana to writing. Foxtrot into an unusual collection of miscellany by F. Scott Fitzgerald ($6.11), ideal for Jazz Age aficionados or lovers of dignified first initials. Mystery lovers thrill to Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes ($1.99), and fans of visual art and brevity may curl up with the 61-page illustrated version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ($3.87) in the store’s comfortable lounging area. Should stacks of selections cause seekers' heads to spin, a staff of friendly bookworms is always on hand to offer recommendations or help find specific titles with expertly wielded dowsing rods.
Creative Elegance’s chic collection of clothing and accessories stretches across 17 uniquely themed rooms and has earned the boutique a spot on Central PA magazine’s Hot List. With swaddlings for women and children of varying sizes, visitors are bound to find comfortable threads within the antique 200-year old house. Skinny cargo pants by Jag embrace gams with form-fitting leg sleeves and several pockets, which are great for holding articles of change such as quarters or metamorphosing caterpillars ($92). Jeans by Mu and Beija-Flor come in a spectrum of colors, washes, and styles ($89–$200), and undergarments by Spanx help physiques achieve slenderness ($25–$72). Sweaters by Tribal warm torsos with plushy patterns ($79–$109), and the NueVa vest and black leather belt provide a better excuse to show off toned arms than “my sleeves were eaten by barracudas” ($139).
The Adventurer's Guild welcomes role-playing fans with an extensive array of gaming accouterments, including cards, figurines, and miniatures. Refine an almost-perfect goblin deck with Magic the Gathering booster packs ($3.50), or stay up-to-date on rigorous dice-rolling regulations with the fourth edition Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook ($29.99). Miniature warfare ranges across the Warhammer 40,000 Battle for Black Reach boxed set ($90) and Settlers of Catan board game ($42), keeping figurines off the streets and away from the influence of bitter, discarded chess pieces. Opened 11 years ago by a group of hardcore gamers, The Adventurer's Guild also serves as a hub for local role players, providing demonstrations for inquisitive newcomers, a free gaming space, and regular group events.