Flirty Aprons protects outfits from cooking mishaps with more than 50 fashionable coverings that have earned the company mentions from TV shows and media outlets including Better Homes and Gardens and the Los Angeles Times. Women?s aprons come in unique styles?including original and Marilyn?all designed to hug curves and flatter the female figure. Original aprons embody the spirit of the 1950s with a rounded, ruffled cut that keeps cooks comfortable thanks to two layers of cotton and a thick, extra-long waist-tie. Single-layer Marilyn styles channel vintage starlets with tiered or A-line skirts and intricate design elements such as decorative pockets and machete sheathes. Little cooks as young as 3 may don aprons their own size that express a youthful style sense or match with their mothers. Men?s aprons, meanwhile, shield grill masters from errant sauce stains with durable fabric decked in whimsical slogans such as ?BBQ King? and ?I Like Big Buns.?
The showroom at Baby's 1st hosts a menagerie of baby toys, gifts, accessories, and parental aids that cater to new, expecting and seasoned parents and their children. Expecting mothers can delight in the soft, cradling embrace of the Medela Abdominal Maternity Support ($24.95), which provides back relief by supporting wombs of all sizes, or slumber deeply while embracing a hypoallergenic upper body ergonomic pillow ($44.95), designed to satiate a primal need to hug large sacks of grain. Toddlers can unwind with a variety of colorful wooden puzzles, such as the wood puzzle boat ($9.95) or puzzle train ($9.95), while infants can stay stylish with the child's sheepskin aviator hat ($38.95), which warms tiny noggins or large melons. A natural Moses basket ($49.95) cradles children safely in shades of pink, blue, sage, or ecru gingham, while the bug net system for cribs and strollers ($19.95) emulates the excitement of tropical living.
The Cup Cakery's sugar mavens custom-bake lavish cupcakes, tiered delights, and all manner of cakes to order. A gourmet cupcake is perfect for swaying the judge in a bribery trial ($2/each), and a dozen hot-fudge sundae cupcakes can unite the entire jury ($21). Bakers layer cake upon cake to create tiered sweets ($45+) for bridal showers, baby showers, and meteor showers. The shop also stocks rentable cupcake tree stands and silver cake bases to display sweets ($10–$30 plus deposit), as well as chocolate suckers, cookies, and brownies to broaden confectionary diversity. Home bakers can stock up on baking supplies such as icing emulsions, satin fondant, candles, and a plethora of decorations ($0.99–$17.99).
With federally licensed flight instructors, quality ground facilities, and well-maintained aircraft, Tri-State's flight school provides a stable base for serious students or an enabling experience for those simply following mankind's innate urge to fly. Amateur aviators spend the first half of the lesson on the ground learning the principles of flight, including basic aerodynamics and how the craft works. Before takeoff students assist in the preflight inspection, then help check the weight and balance to ensure the plane is in shape to fly and has finished its vegetables. During flight, students will be allowed to briefly take the controls and pilot the plane, and then review their voyage in a postflight debrief.
Grateful Threads Fabric & Furnishings tempts textile tinkerers with more than 1,000 bolts of fabric from national brands such as Robert Allen, Big Kahuna, and Ralph Lauren. Decorating doyens can wrap a sofa in red velvet, and knightly crafters can create stylish silk sword cozies, ($3.09–$50/yard). The staff of design professionals and seamstresses helps lead lost drapers through a sea of window treatments, bedding, and table coverings that remain special without stains that resemble Elvis. Grateful Threads' vast, warehouse-style store is sprinkled with funky furniture to inspire aspiring upholsterers.
For furniture conundrums pertaining to sleeping surfaces, Dean Bosler's keeps a showroom fully stocked with Jamison mattresses, which enable shoppers to test out a new bed-frame buttress, taking 10 minutes to dream about starting a rap group with Leonard Nimoy. Though mattress prices vary as widely as the makes and models of race-car beds, queen-size cradles start at $499 and can range up to $2,999.