A kaleidoscope of color comprised of freshwater and saltwater fish greets guests as they walk into Fish Emporium Plus. This prismatic brood of aquatic creatures swims merrily within crystal-clear aquariums, making elegant rounds while patrons shop for otherworldly bubble coral and marine life. The knowledgeable store employees offer advice on any stage of the aquarium-care process, from selecting food and filters to saving the lives of fish who were sent to “sleep with the humans” by unseemly eels.
A lot goes on inside the cozy confines of All Occasion Flowers’ shop—seasoned florists water and prune roses, clip and curl ribbons, and arrange bright snapdragons and asters in wicker baskets. Floral designers bustle about the workshop, where they arrange fresh blossoms into colorful bouquets for any occasion, from birthdays and weddings to finally getting that poltergeist to leave. When they’re not caring for orchids, gerberas, and ficus trees, they assemble gift baskets with gourmet snacks, stuffed animals, and balloons.
Megan Avery, author of sewing guides such as Bag Bazaar and owner of M Avery Design, works with a crew of experienced stitchers to lead a schedule of fabric-manipulating classes. In Introduction to the Sewing Machine, pupils learn to set up stitching apparatuses, change needles, and fill bobbins. Instructors illustrate the process of adjusting stitches’ size and style, allowing for the creation of more advanced pieces and scarecrows with a wider range of emotion. Classes for kids and classes for tweens elucidate the basics of fashion and accessory design and free young paws to stitch or craft the hands-on project of their choice. Kids tap into a colorful well of included materials and work at their own pace, and completed projects travel home at the end of the class to hang proudly on refrigerators full of trophies.
Shoe guru Giovanni—who sharpened his shoemaking skills in Calabria, a region renowned for its leatherwork—oversees a staff of seasoned shoe menders and leatherworkers at Giovanni D'Italia. Scuffed foot carriages gleam after a thorough polishing—men who choose the second option can prop their feet on desks or join high-kicking chorus lines to show off new rubber or leather soles and repaired heels ($45–$60). Female phalanges can sport sharp new boot heels ($18–$20) and solid soles ($40) for distinctive snow tracks. Additionally, run-down handbags can regain a like-new sheen through thorough cleaning and conditioning ($39–$50). Though not included in today's Groupon, Giovanni D'Italia's staff can happily revamp leather jackets, leather suitcases, or tiny sofas found in high-end dollhouses.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Makeovers Inc. is no longer able to offer the Keratin treatment originally included in this offer. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. However, Makeovers will be happy to accept your Groupons for a full head of highlights, wash, cut, and blowout ($245 value) if you wish to redeem your Groupon for those services instead.