Accomplished artists themselves, both Tracy Malmstrom and Gail Carson—"Ms. Tracy and Ms. Gail" to their young students—have taught art in elementary schools. After a deluge of requests for private lessons, Tracy founded ArtCastle in 2006 and Gail signed on in 2011. Together, they nourish the artistic spirits of children 6 and older through drawing, painting, printmaking, and a plethora of other mediums.
As the young artists hone visual skills while silk painting or practicing batik-watercolor techniques, Tracy and Gail also strive to bolster their problem-solving abilities, listening skills, and confidence. In addition to after-school and home-school art sessions, the duo offers Friday kids' night out parties in which kids belt out karaoke, scarf down pizza and desserts, and amaze their parents with a finished work of art at the end of the night. Summer camps and classes keep kids active on break and Saturday workshops teach youngsters of all ages a new artistic skill each month, such as how to construct a new best friend out of papier-måché.
The Heavenly Sleep Shoppe ensures satisfying slumber with a copious selection of mattresses, beds, and accessories. Dark-circled eyes can delight in the sight of an assortment of pillows ($12.95–$99) ideal for supporting catnapping craniums in style, and 1,500-thread-count sheets ($79.95) whisper silky promises of nighttime comfort. Not unlike searching for pliant encyclopedia covers during study hall, clients peruse a stable of sleeping-surface options from Sealy, Simmons, and Tempurpedic and can opt to protect their soporific investments with waterproof mattress covers ($59.95). A vast array of day-bed and bunk-bed frames rounds out the selection, not to forget stylish futon covers dress up space-preserving folding frames and fun-preserving pontoon rafts.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
Candle Wick’s colorful store jostles with myriad fragrant candles and eclectic gifts. The shop's stock of candles infuses the air with scents such as lavender, kiwi strawberry, and leather shoe from renowned brands such as Yankee, Circle E, and Orleans. The sunny, welcoming store elegantly displays crosses and winged angels, along with aromatic wafts from effusion oils and reed diffusers. Guests can order gifts online or browse the inviting shop's stock in person.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
For 10 years, Triple Scent Candles has been churning out hand-blended and hand-poured candles in small batches to suffuse homes in fragrant and aromatic aromas and fragrances. Shelves are stocked with more than 150 waftable fragrances of candles, oils, and scented wax. Sniff signature scents such as apple vanilla or crème brûlée, clean scents including Maui Rain or Spring Clean, floral scents such as rose or magnolia blossom, or unusual ones like eucalyptus spearmint or eternity. Prices range from $2.25 for a 2-ounce votive candle to $26 for a 32-ounce decorative square candle, and fragrant oils cost $6. Because Triple Scent Candles' staff is as warm as its wares, they'll be able to guide you to the most superb stack of scent for fragrancing an entire house, office, or Zeppelin cabin.