Brimming with colorful bolts of fabric, carefully looped skeins of yarn, and rows of sewing provisions, Save A Thon Stores have been supplying New Yorkers with quality crafting necessities since 1973. With fabrics ranging from basic denim to upscale jacquard upholstery cloth from around the world, the shop showcases a range of patterned designs that can be crafted into cozy quilts or a signal to a passing ship that it would have looked better in plaid. Coils of lace ribbons and tubs of colorful beads add a decorative finishing touch to projects, which can be undertaken at home or under the tutelage of the shop's expert crafters during regular sewing classes, while upholstery classes teach students upholstery basics. The teachers are also experts in the Wilton method of cake decorating and can help students artfully embellish cakes and cupcakes with fondant, tiny decorations, and tiny brides and grooms on a dessert destination wedding.
Strategically coupled with delectable nibbles from Nisi in Englewood, Quench's assortment of exquisite international wines challenge and soothe palates of discerning aficionados and novices imbibers alike. As waves of whites and reds lap against taste buds, certified sommeliers detail flavor sensations and ways to tell when a grape is about to explode. Specialty varietals break up sip-based monotony, with sparkling wine bubbling on tongues, rosé wine flushing patrons’ cheeks, and dessert wine topping tongues with sweetness. Tasty Nisi treats plant a solid grub foundation for sips or gulps of each libation. Quench hosts tastings on Sunday and Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., permitting a minimum of 6 and maximum of 10 guests or statues built of discarded corks to each sampling.
Growing up in Manhattan is a style primer in and of itself, an education Christina has augmented with more than a decade of wardrobe consulting, personal styling, and special-occasion shopping. Through her business, Christina Styles, she shares her hard-earned savvy through personal-shopping expeditions and wardrobe consultations aimed at women and children. Clients gearing up for cocktail parties, revamping their work wardrobes, or simply interested in this new “pants” craze can try on a collection of items preselected by Christina, all tailored to their distinct style, figure, and budget. Alternatively, she can help clients integrate new pieces into their existing wardrobes or craft new outfits by creatively pairing old favorites. Her services range from all-day packages to hourly sessions; she can even conduct wardrobe consultations via Skype to accommodate hectic schedules or shy closets that slam shut whenever strangers are near.