The garment experts at the Embroidery Store craft custom logos to give t-shirts that "I've been here" pizzaz or to adorn work shirts with the personalization they've always wanted. They can embroider logos on everything from caps and duffel bags to clothing from brands including Devon & Jones and Port Authority.
First published commercially in 1936, Irma S. Rombauer's Joy of Cooking has gone on to inspire generations of fledgling cooks to reach for spice jars they never knew they had. This 75th anniversary edition of the meal tome adds 500 new recipes to the existing 4,000, which cover appetizers, main courses, drinks, and desserts. Cooks find desired recipes quickly with sorting based on metrics such as key ingredients, total cooking time, and amount of jellyfish milk needed. Famed recipes from yesteryear garner new attention with a "classic" label, and the newest additions remain faithful to their predecessors, written in a conversational flow that welcomes new and experienced meal preppers to its pages.
FastFrame’s skilled framers customize borders for an array of wall-worthy pieces. Selecting from an extensive inventory of materials, they craft frames to showcase original artwork or to endow special photographs with a dignified display. Their carefully curated conservation materials prevent works of art from fading and prevent their subjects from sprouting a 5 o’clock shadow. But the framesmiths don't limit themselves to two dimensions—sports memorabilia, kids’ artwork, and other three-dimensional objects find artistic preservation within shadowboxes. They even transform flat-screen TVs into customized, framed works of art by installing a VisionArt feature, which transmits the still image of a painting, family portrait, or favorite infomercial onto idle screens.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, mugs, and mermaids?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Oh Scrap! holsters an arsenal of tools for winning the war against the memory-stealing whims of Uncle Time. Bring in your most scrap-worthy moments, browse the shop for supplies and recently stocked items, and then feel free to cut and paste your way to handmade eternity on the marble-capped scrapping table. In the classes, novice scrappers can mine the knowledge of experienced instructors to archive precious keepsakes, such as love letters, wedding invitations, or teeth burglarized from beneath neighborhood pillows. Costs for classes vary, but previous courses have ranged from $40 to $65; keep up to date on the latest materials, classes, and meetings on their blog.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.