Their heads wobble unsteadily on long necks. Their knobby knees stick out. Their faces maintain an expression of delighted, bug-eyed curiosity. These gawky creatures are alpacas?petite, fluffy camelids native to the Andes Mountains?and, despite their goofy appearance, they help produce the ultra-fashionable garments sold by Alpaca Direct.
What alpaca farmers Kelley and Jim Hobart founded as a small family farm where they and their children lived, worked, and learned has become a cozy empire that ships yarn, sweaters, scarves, and socks worldwide. The farm manufactures soft, warm yarn, and even offers classes that teach crafters how to knit. Alpaca wool is extremely strong, lightweight, and hypoallergenic, and it naturally comes in a wide range of colors while also being receptive to dyes. Its hollow fibers give alpaca sweaters incredible thermal properties, so cold air stays out and the heat of the pizza you?ve slipped down your shirt stays in.
Because no two bodies are alike, The Relaxologiists at Mattress Land use their exclusive bedFit diagnostic technology to determine the ideal snooze position for each customer, as well as the ideal mattress. Comfy Sleep surfaces come from premier brands such as Beautyrest, Sealy PosturePedic, Stearns and Foster, and SleepFit. Shoppers can also upgrade to latex mattresses or Custom mattresses made for each sleepier with separate sides, which accommodates the differing body types of spouses and accidentally conjoined mad scientists.
Since 1974, Nancy Jones has been mastering her skills in the decorative arts, transforming boring surfaces into beautiful, multi-dimensional works that dazzle the eye. As the owner and creative director of Artworks Spokane, Nancy continually visits seminars and workshops to maintain and develop her craft, while also overseeing a talented team of artists, each with their own style and approach. The staff leads workshops to share insight into their techniques, ranging from cabinet and furniture painting to manipulating plasters.