Brooke Pottery features fine ceramic crafts and a host of handmade doodads from more than 400 American artists. A glazed, tri-colored McQueeny Belt Bowl ($48) offers a fetching soup-holding alternative to cupped palms, while the Heart Coaster Set ($40) lovingly shields countertops from clammy cocktails and over-fizzed sodas. Decorate feng shui–deficient gardens with ash-wood Chi Energy Amber wind chimes ($35), or embellish tree limbs with colorful Aloha Chimes ($42). For kids, the Blues Band Harmonica ($7) provides hours of fun in the key of harmonica.
FastFrame beautifies the boundaries of pulchritudinous photographs, pilfered paintings, memorable Big Mac wrappers, and other collectible items with expert custom framing, which ranges from around $46- $203. The shop’s team of experienced framesmiths boasts an artistic background and will happily walk you through the framing process. They’ll also help you navigate a showroom of more than 1,000 frame samples (many of which can be seen adorning the brick walls) and an even more bewildering array of mat boards, textures, and fabrics. Once you’ve made a selection, a computerized mat cutter allows for detailed mat designs; Frame Vue software makes it easy for customers to visualize how a striking frame will supplement their diorama of stuffed hamsters dressed as the major characters of Les Misérables. FastFrames’ 30-day design guarantee ensures that patrons are satisfied with their selections, and the shop’s lifetime craftsmanship guarantee safeguards frames against disintegrating into space dust.
Now pack-free, the cigarette machines inside the Polk Museum of Art have been converted to Art-o-Mats, which distribute original artworks to help jump-start amateur collections. The pieces make fitting keepsakes from the nonprofit museum, whose own collection encompasses everything from pre-Columbian textiles to contemporary work by local artists. Other museum highlights include rare 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints, as well as ceramic plates made by Pablo Picasso that still bear his masterful tomato-sauce stains.
Alongside its core pieces, Polk rotates around 20 exhibitions throughout its nine galleries each year. To further foster Florida's artistic community, the museum hosts plenty of educational opportunities and events, including art classes and fairs that spotlight emerging Central Florida artists.
At Jungle Games Paintball, the acres of playing fields are littered with abandoned transport vehicles that set the stage for action-packed gaming. Defunct helicopters serve as sniping stations, and hollowed-out vans provide a place for opponents to duck for cover or take a break to plan their financial futures. As players navigate around trees in one of Extreme Paintball's six wooded fields, they take aim with rented Tippmann 98 markers upon catching sight of opponents. At Off the Wall Adventures, players explore 15 acres of play area, including a three-story fort and five-man speedball field designed to test players' stamina and skill.
Tours of Old Town specializes in informative, interesting and entertaining outdoor walking tours which share a wide variety of interesting trivia and historical facts in the heart of the Duke City. Tours of Old Town provides memorable experiences for both locals and visitors to the Land of Enchantment.