Plaster Palace Craft Center helps kids of all ages knead creations from imagination to reality within the confines of their brand-new, creativity-catalyzing plaster-craft studio. Young artistes pick one of more than 175 molds from towering, pastel-colored shelves, choosing from themes such as animals, superheroes, and 19th-century industrialists. Having settled upon their premade canvas, children take to dynamic decoration aided by eager artists’ tools including paint, paintbrushes, glitter, and glaze. Since pieces are made of plaster, they don’t require firing in a kiln before heading home with their creators; a simple glaze renders them ready to go.
The kiln clan staffing Paint on Pottery can stoke the creative flame behind any promising ceramateurs. Hundreds of white clay canvases festoon the shelves, strutting their attractive contours and elegant pouring potential for an inspired suitor. Give colorful life to small figurines ($8–$12) such as dragons, fairies, mermaids, or dolphins; paint a glib caffeine proverb on a mug ($13–$18); or spread your ideal meal onto one of the salad ($14–$18) or dinner plates ($16–$24), all of which are made food-safe. The price of your pottery includes access to Paint On Pottery's studio space, where paints, stamps, sponges, and stencils expand your creative possibilities and aid loyal artistic interpretations of smiley faces and legible cursive Z's. A friendly staff member will whisk away your tinted earthenware for firing upon completion, and in just a week it will be yours, ready to decorate a clay-deficient kitchen, act as a thoughtful gift to a terra cotta soldier, or con a condescending connoisseur on Antiques Roadshow.
Scrapbooks are commemorative collages that chronicle some of life's best memories, and Pictures In Time creates its own full PIT-kits with everything you need to display special events like birthdays ($9.99–$14.99), family vacations ($9.99–$12.99), sporting events ($9.99), and Grandma's wicked fastball. Each kit contains acid- and lignin-free supplies to ensure long-lasting photo health. Handy instructions are accompanied by a full-color photo of a finished layout to help you build your page. If your concept of scrapbooking is similar to a third grader intuitively doing quantum mechanics, just ask one of the friendly and knowledgeable staff members to help you navigate through the abundance of crafting inventory. Peruse the aisles of single products to create a custom-made scrapbook with in-store treasures.
Aio Wireless is the brainchild of Jennifer Van Buskirk. In a former life, she acted as Senior Vice President of Mobility Strategy for AT&T, where her performance earned her enough trust from the higher-ups that they asked her to run their new company: Aio Wireless. Her new joint venture retains all of the reliability of AT&T's 4G/LTE network, but gives folks a chance to break free of contractual shackles with a pay-as-you-go plan. In fact, the whole process has been streamlined. Aio lets clients use their own cell phone rather than buying a new one with unlimited talk, text, and data plans.
Despite the cutting edge gadgetry and the reliable network, however, the stores' approach to technology is more than just practical. Their array of phone cases, for example, brighten iPhones, Galaxies and Lumias in neon hues. Their earbud headphones, meanwhile, let phone owners play their tunes on the go without schlepping their tuba everywhere.
Mattress1One's immense inventory brims with top-quality slumbering surfaces from renowned brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Sealy, and Stearns & Foster. At multiple locations throughout Florida, knowledgeable staff members roam showrooms that brim with an array of mattresses forged from such materials as memory foam, high-tech innersprings, silk, and cashmere. They also curate an online Mattress 101 guide, which includes handy tips on selecting the ideal mattress size, keeping the mattress in tiptop shape, and mounting a rock-solid legal defense in case you accidentally rip the tags off.
Founded by Chief Master William Clark, Karate America is a popular martial-arts school that believes martial arts can make people happier and healthier. With locations around Florida, Karate America is staffed by highly trained instructors teaching children and adults the self-defense moves of tae kwon do, krav maga, and kickboxing. While training in a team-like atmosphere in each of these classes, members learn self-discipline and respect, gain lean muscle, and burn calories.