Child1st products are specifically designed for right-brained learners, including visual and kinesthetic learners; those labeled with dyslexia, autism, Asperger's, and ADD; and those who struggle with reading comprehension. The multisensory materials are also effective with beginning readers to prevent difficulties.
At ClayEscape, hundreds of blank clay pieces line the walls, waiting for a new life in someone?s garden, kitchen, or dining room. Instructors help visitors pick the piece that best suits their artistic intention, and then painters go to work selecting from more than 90 paint colors and 68 specialty glazes with which to decorate their pottery. Stencils, stamps, and sponges help fuel the artistic process. One week later, pieces emerge shiny and brilliant, ready to take home. ClayEscape also hosts private parties for events such as birthdays, bridal showers, Girl Scouts, and lady's nights, and it also holds special events for holidays such as Mother's Day. Summer camps are also available.
From floor to ceiling, the shelves of Crack'd Pot are lined with possibilities. There, more than 500 shapes of raw ceramic bisques are ripe for the picking. Available in 10 different categories, varieties range from dinnerware and necklaces to cookie jars. The studio's collection of glazes, available in a myriad of hues, matches the depth of the selection of provided brushes, sponges, and stamps. The staff allows guests to take as much time as they'd like to use these tools in creating their pieces—guests pay a flat fee rather than an hourly or lightyearly fee. Finished products are ready in approximately a week—glazed and fired by the staff—which makes all pieces food-safe.
At The Last Word, wheat-hued shelves lead in all directions, weighed down with an enormous selection of gently used books, as well as a collection of DVDs, and gaming consoles. Authors such as Cormac McCarthy and Ralph Ellison peer from racks of employee selections beneath the vinyl records that adorn the walls, and glass cases packed with trading cards glint in the sunlight. Strict quality standards govern the state of all the items. Most are 50-80% off their normal retail price despite being in good condition, and the staff makes a conscious effort to purchase a variety of quality media rather than pamphlets entitled Thee Faxe Machine is an Entirely Infuriating Devil. The shop is peppered with floral armchairs, in which patrons curl up, sip coffee, and browse book recommendations with their laptops on free WiFi.
Dish It Out exists as an outlet for crafty crafters to conceive elegant pottery, glass, and jewelry pieces without having to transform their tidy homes into Chianti-spattered art studios. Potential projects include pottery painting (pieces range from $1.50–$50), where spectrum-wielders can colorfully adorn a plate, figurine, or makeshift spittoon to their aesthetic preference. Afterward, Dish It Out will glaze and fire the piece, which the eager artiste can pick up within a week. Create alluring necklaces at Dish It Out's bead bar (pricing varies per bead), a stunning stockpile of sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, and real gemstones. Budding Bogeys and Bacalls can immortalize their handprints in a clay slab (starting at one hand for $25), and history buffs can use glass fusion ($16–$60) to fashion a plate commemorating George Washington's famous crossing of the Ganges.
Bucketts’s spirited mélange of home goods outfits customers with hip clothing and festive jewelry, and ornaments their abodes with decorative furniture worthy of Charlotte magazine’s 2010 Best Traditional Home Store award. Cover up bedroom booby traps with an assortment of rugs ($30¬–$95), or adorn a recreational submarine with a select piece of colorful handmade pottery ($28–$125). An assortment of dresses ($38–$125), earrings ($16+), and necklaces ($85+) keeps torsos in vogue for upcoming weddings, dinner parties, or T-ball award ceremonies.