Edgewater Tree Barn?s trees travel from both local farms and the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to decorate living rooms for the holiday season. On sturdy branches, the needles of the fraser and douglas firs twinkle magically under the rays of colorful Christmas tree lights. The trees range in height from 5 to 13 feet, allowing them to fit into tight corners or tower majestically in a stately living room or two-story cave. The lot also supplies wreaths, roping, and other seasonal decorating tools.
In addition to populating homes with seasonal greenery, the holiday helpers behind Edgewater Tree Barn also embody the spirit of the season through their ongoing charitable work. This year, they're collecting supplies for a local animal shelter and the pets in its care.
The dry cleaners at Sunflower Organic Dry Cleaners use 100% organic and nontoxic agents to launder clothes and other fabrics. They rise to the challenge presented by stained suits, scuffed leather, and soiled linens with an eco-friendly cleaning method and turn out spotless wardrobes that bear no trace of harsh chemicals or misplaced elbow patches. On top of that, the cleaners also repair shoes, service upholstery, and offer pickup and drop-off services for customers within 10 miles of the shop.
The diverse team of instructors at Key Element Learning are serious about catering to each of their students' unique interests, strengths, and needs, whether they're still in diapers or entering middle school. That's why their educational programs are so eclectic—the classes range from academic subjects such as reading and science to the more creative topics of art and cooking to ensure kids will find a class to spark their curiosity. In order to give students the best lessons possible, they also pull from popular, time-honored educational franchises such as The Language Workshop for Children, where native speakers immerse children in foreign languages through games, songs, and colorful visual aids. And Music Together instills babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with skills for singing in tune and keeping a beat, helping them build confidence at school or become the first infant drummer for U2.
Rockasorri & Grassroots Presents Rockin' Roots is a collaboration between the innovative music school Rockasorri and the Grassroots Community Space. Founded by Michael Browne, a trained classical guitarist with his own children's album, and Kasandra Krause, an experienced pianist and educator, Rockasorri engages young minds with creative music education based on Montessori principles. Rockasorri lessons, including the parent-child Rockin' Roots classes, take place at the Grassroots Community Space, a friendly, multipurpose arts center founded by local artists and professional Etch-A-Sketchers.
Since its inception in 1989, G-Star has been on the cutting edge of jeans and other denim apparel. They've adopted a 3-D design processes, reduced the use of traditional cotton in favor of organic, and created coordinating accessories for jockeys and fashion-forward horses. The brand is ever on trend, with apparel such as pastel jeans for women and slim-cut jackets for men. G-Star Raw's motto may be "just the product," but the label goes beyond luxury denim. G-Star draws from other materials to create T-shirts, sweaters, shoes, belts, and even underwear.
The company is involved with its manufacturers and suppliers, as well. Although it does not own any factories overseas, it does carefully vet the companies it works with to make sure they follow G-Star's code of conduct, which is based on the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international conventions. G-Star has even taken extra steps in Bangladesh, monitoring safety compliance and other issues, including inspecting work buildings through thermography for construction and electrical faults that could turn dangerous.
Supplying all materials, Art By The Glazz's artist-led painting sessions kindle brush-wielding talents during three-hour classes held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. New artists capture shapes and shadows inspired by a number of pastoral- or wine-themed templates, with step-by-step instruction from pigment professionals. One complimentary glass of wine emboldens the pigment-shy, and those with a thirst for more can visit an onsite cash bar. Aprons protect against stray paint, wine drops, and the tears of fruit trapped in a beautiful but airless eternal present, although Art By The Glazz recommends wearing old clothes. Finished masterpieces chaperone each artist home, ready to be mounted on a wall or hung from the dining-room chandelier.
During Cookies and Milk sessions, kids or teens settle down with a complimentary dessert amid canvases ripe for realizing 2-D tableaux. During each session, one featured painting of a subject, such as the beach, Green Eggs and Ham, or Mickey Mouse, is perched mid-studio to kindle students’ imaginary fires. The company also hosts corporate team-building events, small groups, and birthday parties, giving guests an enjoyable ice-breaking activity.