When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.
Cotton’s made-from-scratch cupcakes are each meticulously crafted and aesthetically presented. Flavors include the cream-cheese-topped sweet-potato pound cake and the White Raspberry Dream (white chocolate cake crowned with luxurious buttercream and fresh raspberries). Cotton’s red velvet cupcakes tickle taste buds with red buttermilk-cocoa cake and creamy icing. Cake cravers can use the value of this Groupon toward any bakery item, from the zesty lemon-butter-filled Lemonicious cake ($33) to a dozen soft chocolate-chip cookies ($16). Celebrate the birthday of your sapphire-encrusted washing machine with a scrumptious custom cake in a flavor such as 24-Carrot Gold ($33) and piña colada ($35). Call at least 72 hours in advance to place your order.
A small business that blossomed into a corporation, Cozi Furniture offers customers a mammoth assortment of affordable, quality retail furnishings. With an arsenal of living-room furniture to choose from, customers can anchor down their carpets and rugs with a cushy Ella chair ($175.75) or build a multi-fabric ottoman ($148–$315) empire for a more aggressive style of kicking back. The curvaceous Bakers Grove ($240.40), a five-piece dining set, also makes elegant garb for undressed kitchens with its medium oak tabletop and matching upholstered chairs. Moving in with a significant other becomes uncomplicated when accompanied by Hugo ($249.75), a C-style bunk bed with ladder and foldable futon, and the Grand Manor ($240.50), a three-drawer cherry-wood nightstand ($240.50). Allow Cozi Furniture's friendly staff to suggest the right furniture to make your social gatherings feel less like penitentiary visits.
A full-scale rainbow of yarns populates the shelves within A Tangled Skein, where a helpful staff culls a comprehensive collection of top-quality knitting and crocheting supplies. Drawing from its immense knowledge of the craft, the team helps patrons peruse the vast array of hand-dyed South American skeins and yarns from brands such as Debbie Bliss, Noro, and Berroco. They add new specimens to the lineup almost daily, and equip creators with books, patterns, needles, and notions. To further nurture blossoming skills or refine expert abilities, seasoned instructors lead relaxed, casual classes that divulge such techniques as purling, chain stitching, and making scarves for the most discerning snowmen.
The Washington Glass School’s straightforward progression of classes helps crafters of all experience levels become accomplished glass-artists, demystifying the only art form that combines the chromatic range of oil painting, the practical aesthetics of ceramics, and the high temperatures of burnt-toast-portraiture. The illustrious staff includes Fulbright Scholars, eco-creators, and artists with permanent exhibits at the Smithsonian and the Art Institute of Chicago. The studio also serves as a resource facility for other artists: the Artist Incubator program provides seasoned crafters with studio space for new independent and collaborative works.
The technicians at A Clip Above and sister location Paw Zen are to a dog’s fur what a professional tailor is to a Barbie’s gown. They thoroughly groom pooches by employing shears, flea and tick dips, and organic products. Throughout treatments, they reward pups with toys and treats. The self-service wash stations at Paw Zen are stocked with the pet owner's choice of shampoo, brushes, towels, and warm air dryer to use for their canines' baths. The Paw Zen location also features complimentary cable television and WiFi for customers.