MissionHeart Traders' artists build original baubles and beads, many of which are created on-site, for guests to take home and craft their own jewelry, Single pendants ($2–$12) await the opportunity to dangle demurely from the neck of their designer, and the oft-rotating bounty of beads, available by the average 16-inch strand ($3–$35/strand), includes 8mm stringable natural stones such as chalk turquoise ($3/strand), tiger's eye ($7/strand), faceted smoky quartz ($8/strand), and marble milled from Michelangelo's David (market value). The ClayGround Studio & Gallery currently features the wares of various artists, filling its boutique shelves and walls with ceramics, wine-bottle art, and paintings of slow lorises on black velvet.
While other children were playing outside Charlene Randolph's bedroom window, she was buried in her coloring books, scribbling intently with her crayons. This passion for two-dimensional art led her to take a slew of illustration classes in high school, but it wasn't until college that she discovered the clay medium and the world of functional, three-dimensional art. Tossing her canvases and drawing pencils to the side, Charlene became the primary instructor at The ClayGround Studio & Gallery, a BYOB workshop that provides novice potters with all the tools, materials, and fire-breathing abilities needed to craft stoneware art. Charlene's own masterpieces are available for purchase through the studio's website or at various boutiques and galleries across the country.
The crackle of Fireside Hearth & Home's fireplaces have filled the soundscapes of households across the country for more than 60 years. Today, their well-stocked showrooms feature a variety of advanced gas, electric, and wood-burning models from top designers such as Quadra-Fire, Heat & Glo, and Heatilator. In addition to fireplaces and accessories, they offer a number of decorative surrounds and mantels built with stone, wood, or casted material to gussy up any new or existing hearth. At attractive display areas fashioned to look like natural household settings, attentive staffers stand by to answer any questions, offer installation guidelines, or share tips on repelling pesky Santas.
Liquid Blue Denim Boutique's flock of dungaree doyens bedecks barelegged trendsetters in designer denim and stylish apparel. Finding fashionable jeans for guests and their mannequin leg collections, Liquid Blue's accommodating staff stocks its shelves for the summer with name brands such as Hudson, Raven, and Gridlock. Men can equip their lower bodies with a stylish pair of Mavi straight-leg jeans ($98). Tailored denim trousers from Raven slide snugly over womanly hips ($198), and cowgirls can add authenticity to barroom bull rides in a pair of signature boot-cut jeans from Hudson ($187).
Hyatt & Co. adds a note of refinement to men's wardrobes by filling them with formal and casual clothes from labels such as Tommy Bahama, JJ Weston, Vannucci, and Luchiano Visconti. The friendly tailoring team—Rocky, Marc, Ray, Justin, Harvey, and Eddie—greets visitors at the Maple Lawn shop and helps them pick the perfect cloth for a fine Italian suit or wade through a wide selection of T-shirts, satin ties, cufflinks, and jeans. They use their adept fitting skills to slide torsos into becoming formalwear including suits that cut a classic, Sinatra-esque figure and tuxedos spiffier than that of Fred Astaire's best man.
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.