While other children were playing outside Charlene Randolph's bedroom window, she was buried in her coloring books, scribbling intently with her crayons. This passion for two-dimensional art led her to take a slew of illustration classes in high school, but it wasn't until college that she discovered the clay medium and the world of functional, three-dimensional art. Tossing her canvases and drawing pencils to the side, Charlene became the primary instructor at The ClayGround Studio & Gallery, a BYOB workshop that provides novice potters with all the tools, materials, and fire-breathing abilities needed to craft stoneware art. Charlene's own masterpieces are available for purchase through the studio's website or at various boutiques and galleries across the country.
Bunched together in a vase of clear glass, freshly cut stems support the blossoms of fuchsia roses, pink carnations, and white daisies. A wicker basket brims with orange Asiatic lilies and purple asters, its weight anchoring a Mylar balloon emblazoned with the words "Happy Birthday."
These are just two of the sights that rank as commonplace within the polychromatic confines of Wilhide's Unique Flowers & Gifts, a shop that specializes in celebrating special occasions with bouquets and gourmet food baskets. Wilhide’s florists take care while crafting their bouquets to ensure that each stem has a pristine bloom and each petal is fitted with a dapper top hat.
Much like the local pharmacies of yester-year, Crossroads Apothecary, which was developed by doctors, nutritionists, and herbalists, nurtures both customers' personal health and knowledge. The store's shelves and online stock bear pharmaceutical-grade supplements, including protein powders and herbal remedies, that infuse bodies with renewed vigor stolen by illness or parasitic aliens. Meditation CDs and books kept in-store soothe stressed minds, and organic soaps nourish bodies. To help patients take control of their health, the apothecary’s learning center gifts visitors with a wealth of information on any number of medical and holistic health questions and pairs with the onsite gym, med spa, and wellness center.
Paintbrushes smooth color across a series of canvases, and wineglasses glint in the evening light. At Paint in the Hut, amateur artists bring snacks and libations and relax during evenings filled with art. Painting sessions encourage adults to splash their emotions on the canvas as they re-create famous works of art, such as Monet's Cliffs and Water Lilies. Instructors are on hand to help you capture that ray of sunshine or the right perspective for the sea monster hiding behind the cliffs.
CPR Cell Phone Repair brings gadgets back to life with a variety of services. Its deft team repairs phones suffering from maladies such as water damage, cracked screens, and charging issues. Gamers take solace in CPR?s ability to expertly handle the popularly named ?ring of death? that can plague consoles. They also repair LCD screens for tablets and laptops. Customer can mail in their gadgets, drop them off at the store, or sit comfortably and wait while their devices are fixed.
Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato souffl?. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.