Studies suggest that the loss of one sense leads to the enhancement of the other four—an idea that Earl Williams can attest to. According to Channel 31, when Earl was 20 years old, his sight suddenly faded to black as he was walking down the street. Doctors suspected that the late-onset blindness may have been a consequence of his premature birth and told him it was irreversible. Rather than dwelling on what he'd lost, Earl set his mind to making the most of what he had left: a strong pair of hands and a heightened sense of touch.
Earl has now been answering to his massage-therapy calling for 14 years, using his instinctive digits to draw pain and tension from muscles and earn certifications in several targeted skills. His enhanced ability to feel enables him to detect problem areas more swiftly than the eyes in the back of an elementary schoolteacher's head, and his ever-present pair of shades lends him an air of coolness that puts clients at ease.
At the age of 16, while most girls hang out at the mall and try to harness cold fusion, Lu, the owner of Luna Bella, capitalized on her passion for crafting by starting a full-fledged business that she ran out of her home. Now an adult with children of her own, Lu beckons others to unearth their artistic inclinations through hands-on classes that reveal the steps to creating everything from chainmaille bracelets to paintings of owls. With an array of materials such as beads, yarn, and felt, she also keeps her passion alive by hand-making her own creations. Her woven headbands decorate headscapes and Victorian bib necklaces grace collars and infant tutu dresses prepare newborns for their production of “The Nutcracker on Ice.”
Roland Markwalter's deep bond with Mother Nature inspired him to found EFM Outfitters in 2007. Drawing from 30 years of retail experience, he stocks his store with eco-friendly outdoor apparel and gear from brands including The North Face, Patagonia, and Vibram FiveFingers. From sturdy Keen hiking boots and ENO hammocks to comfy Guy Harvey fishing shorts, EFM Outfitters supplies all the necessary accoutrements for adventures in the wild or forest-themed family photos.
Purchases made at most TNT Fireworks locations benefit partner non-profit organizations, strengthening programs in local communities. The company also has a commitment to both safety and customer satisfaction. Many of TNT's higher-charged products include a Glo-Fuze, which guides revelers safely to the fuse in poorly lit conditions, and a No Dud Guarantee ensures that non-functional fireworks can be refunded with ease.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a mahogany regal glass-door cabinet ($372), or in a hefty, finely trimmed narrow bookcase with drawer ($197). Or, display a new moving picture box on a bobbin leg console table ($116). Furniture comes in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables and chairs. Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
Steve Calvert, the sartorial expert behind the eponymous clothier, equips gentlemen with hand-tailored custom clothing and dapper duds from top designers, and he does it by calling upon 30 years of experience in the industry. An expansive showroom teems with casual and formalwear from Calvin Klein, Brooks Brothers, and Columbia collections, and the colorful silk of hand-woven ties imported from Italy can accent newly assembled outfits. The shop's custom-fitting services can tailor garments to accommodate special needs and individual physical circumstances, such as having broad shoulders or a portly Siamese twin.