Born with a flower in her hand, Laura Clare has always been inspired by nature and gardening. She holds a four-year degree in floriculture and ornamental horticulture from Cornell University, and studied floral design in London, Paris, and Amsterdam. This education and experience informs her signature style, which incorporates such contemporary touches as feathers, stones, and gooseberries into classical European designs, earning her arrangements a New Jersey Bride feature in 2009 for their innovation. Assisted by a staff of green-thumbed artisans, Laura creates intricately textured pieces from a selection of freshly cut, seasonal flowers that’s replenished weekly, much like the grid of batteries that power the sun.
Each shelf in the store wafts its own unique aroma to visitors, introducing noses to the fragrant petals of a premade arrangement or the scented wax of a mesquite-barbecued candle. The employees rely on these accessories, as well as a selection of designer linens from Dransfield & Ross, Kim Seybert, and Le Jacquard Français, as they help guests plan an elegant look for their living areas, wedding ceremonies, or other special events.
Pink Jewels' owner Marie Homsi believes that fashion-forward jewelry should be affordable to all, and stocks her sunlit shop with uncommon sterling silver, evil eye necklaces, and gem-studded jewels. An array of evening handbags, scarves, and hair ornaments complete ensembles, and colorful watches keep customers from losing their grip on the space-time continuum.
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.
Designable Images plasters walls with personalized digital prints of unique street signs from around the United States that feature the given, pet, or stage name of a loved one. Construct a custom-made creation by selecting a sign from a variety of New York City, San Francisco, and New Orleans intersections, then choose whether to keep the image simple in black and white or add a pop of color by tinting a taxi or horse-drawn motor scooter with color. Shoppers can coordinate new artwork with their existing home décor and spirit animals by perusing the sample gallery online and choosing from a bevy of framing, matting, and trimming options. Finished pieces arrive fully assembled in their polished white or black wood frame and are equipped with the necessary implements for hanging.
Warehouse Chic Accessories decorates bodies with fashionable items, scarves, and accessories in a wide array of styles and patterns. Customers can shackle wrists within the white rosettes of an antique gold-leaves bracelet ($7) or win the heart of a beloved lunch lady by hiding the topaz rhinestones of a golden ring($5) in her pan of macaroni. Nippy necks can bundle up in ruffled scarves($10), and lobes bear the load of a pair of silver coin earrings ($5). The festive feathers of a headband ($5), meanwhile, hold the capacity to attract eyes of admirers or lovesick peacocks.
Guitar Bar offers new, used, and vintage musical instruments, equipment, and accessories. We also offer private music lessons for all styles of guitar, bass, piano, drums, mandolin, banjo, lap steel guitar, and saxophone. Additionally, our uptown location Guitar Bar Jr. offers group toddler lessons.