From humble beginnings as a small but passionate basement brewing operation, Above the Rest Home Brewing has now outgrown three spaces since 1993. Now residing in a 1,500 square-foot commercial store with an adjoining classroom, Above the Rest’s staff guides both rookies and seasoned pros through the steps of not only wine- and beer-brewing, but also soda- and cheese-making as well. Staffers can also guide visitors though the selection of equipment, malts, hops, and yeast, helping them pick out the right combination of ingredients to craft an IPA, porter, or a replica of the beer Santa Claus drinks before fact checking his Naughty/Nice list.
Let's Brew's basic brewer's starter kit comes equipped with all necessary tools to blend, process, and fill two cases of beer bottles, although only one case of bottles is provided. A home-beer-making book guides hop-hobbyists through the steps of crafting a thirst-quenching batch with the brewer kit's essential tackle, which contains one pound of corn sugar, a siphon hose, a 5-gallon glass carboy, a hydrometer, a 32-ounce funnel, and a transfer bucket that can double as a Sunday-morning cereal bowl. Although not included in today's Groupon, Let's Brew's staff of knowledgeable beerologists also educates wannabe draft-makers on the finer points of fermentation in classes at the facility's fully stocked kitchen and stout-filled scuba-diving pool.
Although most chefs have their own unique style of peeling, dicing, and julienning veggies, they all have one thing in common: they each require precise, sharp knives. At Excalibur Cutlery and Gifts, the staff ensures that tools remain as close to their factory condition as possible. During sharpening services, a water-cooled belt system and buffing wheels restore a piercing blade while removing a minimal amount of steel. They can sharpen kitchen, pocket, and hunting knives, as well as dull scissors and razors.
The shop also stocks premium models of nearly every edge they sharpen. The cutlery department stocks German-made Wusthof and Henckels, Swiss-made Forschner, and Oregon-grown Kershaw knives. Ideal for camping trips, pocket knives come in both blade and multitool varieties. More genteel wares include manicure sets and old-fashioned shaving kits. Excalibur also boasts a collection of swords for the collector or CEO whose business suit needs extra panache.
Specialists in temperature regulation, the licensed technicians at Home Comfort Design ensure cozy living spaces and thoroughly cooked meals with an inventory of fireplace insert, HVAC, stove, and barbecue products. The company’s founder has more than two decades of industry experience, and makes the trip to every client’s home to put his stamp of approval on each installation. Between his attentiveness and the store’s stock of products by such respected names as Luxaire, Heat & Glo, and Weber, homeowners can look forward to warm, comfortable interior spaces that allow them to repurpose blankets as everyday capes.
Become the king and queen of your own carnival by donning the Groucho glasses ($15/dozen) and a rhinestone tiara ($12.95), or for a more social get-together, prop up cardboard cutouts of Darth Vader and Marilyn Monroe ($33.95 each) as bouncers outside your exclusive mustache party (fake 'staches start at $1 each). Bachelorette-party games, such as the barroom scavenger hunt, and party favors including to-be bridal accoutrements, range from $9.95–$32.95 and up for a group of eight. Whatever the theme, 100% biodegradable helium-inflated balloons lend a buoyant hand to the festivities ($12.50 per dozen). The Lippman Company's stock of giant fake diamonds ($9.95/dozen) can make a lifelong dream of wooing a giant inflatable Paul Bunyan come true.
Paint Pots Ceramic Studio's inclusive terra cotta workshop matches creative clients with color-craving ceramics, providing all of the needed supplies to craft truly personalized pottery. Clients choose earthenware items from Paint Pots’ selection of tiles, plates, bowls, mugs, platters, banks, and figurines, and then take a seat at a waiting painting station.