To a little girl, nothing is more exciting than playing dress-up. Unless, of course, she gets to meet her favorite princess while playing dress-up. And with the party packages at A Fairytale Come True, little ones can do just that. Princesses such as Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle, and Snow White play with guests, snap photos, lead the day's activities, and bring a small present for the birthday girl. Each package includes different activities that suits a girl's personality, whether she likes elegant tea parties, makeovers, or games such as musical chairs. No matter what the package, the princess leads groups in song and reads her own story to the rapt guests.
After noticing a dearth of affordable art supplies in his Long Island community, Jerry Goldstein flung open the doors of his first art supplies store in 1968, and has since kept artists nationwide stocked with paints and frames through his mail order and online catalogs. Jerry's sons David and Ira have been part of the Artarama business since their early teens, and over the years have helped their dad launch 15 discount stores in the Northeast, South, Texas, and Colorado. The family's dedication to artists and local communities is evident in the myriad workshops and store events at its locations, where staff members help customers navigate the store's shelves of rotating products and floors that switch places with the ceiling each week.
CrossFit CityPlace uses the CrossFit system for the same reason many military, police, and athletic organizations use it—to prepare for every kind of physical activity. The workouts accomplish that by using a series of intense, varied functional movements, such as lifting, pushing, and pulling. There’s also plenty of running, squatting, and bending—all movements designed to sculpt every muscle group while enhancing agility, speed, and power. They also appreciate the method for its group mentality, as coaches and students alike inspire and motivate each other through each daily workout. And to keep everyone engaged, they also change routines each session.
Beads on the Ave combines an impressive selection of gewgaws with expert instruction from the likes of Tonia Turner, affectionately known as "The Bead Doctor." Inside the shop, Swarovski pendants, semiprecious and precious stones, and glittering pieces from local artists glimmer as light floods through them from the all-glass storefront. In the spacious back room, instructors lead up to 25 students through a range of hands-on classes, teaching them how to create stunning works of wearable art as they sip on brought-from-home libations. The teacher provides supplies appropriate for each class, though they may charge extra for specialty beads, more expensive materials, or top-secret access codes to the White House's ruby vault.
With two locations, an accommodating staff of floral designers and artists, and more than 30 years in the business, Crafts & Stuff has carved out a respected place in the Palm Beach arts-and-crafts community. Art and craft supplies range from Prismacolor markers to jewelry-making kits, and share shelf space with an array of wedding accouterments. Nearlyweds can rent custom floral pieces and artists can bring in their glitter and macaroni masterpieces to be immortalized by custom framers who ply their trade on site.
In Great Balls of Yarn's four boutiques, knitters and crocheters of all experience levels browse more than 20,000 balls of yarn, including luxurious fibers from Trendsetter and Noro as well as hand-dyes from Prism and Malabrigo. Talented fiber artists guide knitters and crocheters as they transform vibrant fibers into wearable works of art during beginner through advanced classes. Project-specific sessions focus on creating table runners, borders for blankets, and baby booties to keep wee ones' feet warm and steps soundless during midnight refrigerator raids. Amid the shops' soft lighting, tapestries intermix with shelves of color-coded worsted and washable yarns alongside cashmeres and silks. Great Balls of Yarn also arms textile technicians with needles, notions, and books full of inspiration and yarn-charming incantations.