The experienced bead herders and metal wranglers who oversee the family-owned A Bead of Roses studio perpetuate the art of handmade, artisan jewelry. No prior experience is necessary to drop in on classes such as Beading 101 or Introduction to Precious Metal Clay Workshop, where the studio’s staff teaches students to shape and fire pendants from malleable gold and silver particle clay. In metalsmithing classes, students learn to wield a torch or a sneezy dragon’s snout to forcefully solder elegant necklaces. Classes take walk-in students or can be arranged for group events. A wide-ranging inventory of high-quality items—from feather hair extensions to hemp cord—keeps rivers of creativity from ever being dammed.
By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys—which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas—contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. They staff female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.
Gift baskets filled with cookies, jams, and chocolate. Onesies for babies. Wedding registry. For all three of these options, customers need only to go to one place: Holbrook Cottage. That's because the quaint store carries a multitude of gifts, home decor, and seasonal goodies including gourmet food.
Sun pours past window planters full of flowers, rippling across the handcrafted bowls and vases that line The Broken Mold?s canary-hued walls. Shelves and tables groan beneath an array of watercolors, acrylics, and oils. Artists seeking a workspace away from the narcissistic bowls of fruit that fill most homes practice their craft in The Broken Mold?s studios, and pupils of all levels build their skills by enrolling in lessons or by observing skilled studio potters. The Broken Mold sells and showcases the work of local artists with events throughout the year.
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Maura's Kitchen is casual and cozy, but the food--roast pork, stews, fish and empanadas--is big and bold. Latin American flavors color the menu, which intermixes tapas such as yuca fries with full-size entrees including pollo a la brasa--Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Choose from three types of fresh ceviche, or pair shrimp with sauteed steak for an irresistible surf-and-turf combination, like a charming mermaid geologist.
Most popular offering: Original oil paintings
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Enjoy a hot beverage or snack while looking at the artwork.