With a 13-year track record of melodious success, Coyle’s Richboro Music continues to steer aspiring musicians down the road to virtuosity in effective, engaging lessons designed for all ages and skill levels. With a stable of 17 highly trained, professionally experienced teachers, Coyle’s offers instruction in guitar, bass, piano, strings, woodwinds, brass, drums, and vocals, prepping students for participation in edgy garage string octets and conference-room jam sessions with coworkers. Lesson studios are fully stocked with cables, amps, drum kits, electric pianos, and other tune tackle, and lessons are available every day but Sunday, when musicians around the world traditionally stay home and practice drawing treble clefs. After a month of crafting their chops, newly infused note-wranglers can choose to strut their stuff in Coyle’s quarterly recitals.
From a total of 12 shops on both sides of the Atlantic, Potomac Bead Company supplies the artistically inclined with everything they need to craft DIY accessories, ranging from the elegantly simple to the intricate and ornate. Beads, wiring, ribbons, and other materials are peddled wholesale, while regular jewelry-making classes educate first-timers, preventing them from accidentally crafting a magical Lasso of Truth instead of a necklace. Though the teachers recommend starting at the most basic level and working up, customers may attend any class, taking advantage of literally endless possibilities for personalized bangles, chokers, and earrings.
A fused-glass peace sign dangles in a window, its iridescent blue-and-green hues catching glimmers of sunlight. Elsewhere, a shiny yellow-and-black dog formed from clay smiles from its painted-on mouth. These are just two of the many artistic projects students can tackle at The Mud Shack, an art studio brimming with classes in glass fusing, ceramics, and pottery painting. Working artists helm the sessions, guiding pupils toward creating their own magnum opuses in the form of a hand-thrown vase, a mosaic tile, or a mug for holding smaller mugs.
The independent-music outpost Siren Records puts a swing in the step and fresh slabs of vinyl in the backpacks of music aficionados thanks to racks stuffed with more than 200,000 new and vintage LPs and CDs. A seemingly endless array of rock, jazz, country, and psychedelic sonics from treasured imprints awaits crate diggers. Discern the difference between acoustic and electric didgeridoos with albums such as Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark LP ($24.99) and Screeching Weasel's latest punk salvo, First World Manifesto, or legally adopt singles from other countries such as The Chameleons' "Tears" ($22.99), or The Smashing Pumpkins' "1979" 12-inch ($39.99).
The sleepy town of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, isn’t exactly known for its fashion. Or it wasn’t until Jill Strickland opened Frox on an idyllic stretch of 7th Street eight years ago. The boutique immediately leapt to the forefront of a fashion scene that was previously as desolate as monocle shops after the year 1910, displaying designer jewelry from Brighton, handbags and totes from Vera Bradley, and trendy shoes and apparel. Beyond the merchandise, Frox offers a respite to local women of all ages, backed by a friendly staff that’s always eager to offer fashion advice and frequent social gatherings and events. Twice a year, fashion shows convert the freshly renovated loft above the shop into a meeting place for fashionistas, who portray the latest runway trends as worn by real women instead of the animatronic mannequins that grace most runways.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.