The thoughtful gift gurus at Mrs. Polka Dot can turn nearly any garment, cloth accessory, or linen into a meaningful and personalized keepsake. Today's deal lets you have the pros stitch a first name, last name, or three-letter monogram into any embroidery-suited object of your choice. Peel a pillow off the couch and bring it into the shop to have it elegantly adorned before guests come over for the holidays, or opt for embroidery on a bikini to minimize the chance of it getting burglarized at off-season summer camp.
Eggshells Kitchen Company stocks an extensive assemblage of creative and unusual bakeware, barware, prep-ware, cutlery, and other accessories of gourmet gadgetry. Some of the shop's serving and slicing tools shave off the time it takes for food to journey from roughhewn mass to mouth. Gourmands can skip tedious kernel-by-kernel cob surgeries and cut corn to the quick with the quick corn cutter ($6.95), an adjustable metal cutter with a handy plastic handle. Up to seven eggs can be cooked at once in the stainless Cuisinart egg cooker ($29.95), which features an automatic shutoff function to prevent flash yolkings and a poaching tray for poaching up to three ovo-edibles. With the colorful carbon steel blade of a Kuhn Rikon paring knife ($10), cooks can fend off enemy spuds before switching to squish-attack with a Chef’s Planet potato masher ($12), a 12-pointed pulverizer that doubles as a shuriken.
Locally owned and operated in the Heights district, this optical boutique presents high-quality name-brand lenses in its attractive showroom. Voted best local eyeware retailer in the Soirée Platinum Service Awards for 2010, Kavanaugh features eyeware with both chic stylishness and spectacular clarity. While the optique will honor valid outside prescriptions for the basic lenses, eye exams will be available for those who need an upgrade. This Groupon can also be applied toward upgraded lenses for those seeking added features such as thinner lenses, anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings, or lenses that make life appear as a black-and-white film noir. Employing the trendiest styles in its collection, Kavanaugh Eye Care is also discounting its frames by 15% at the time of this Groupon's redemption, allowing you to walk away with a flashy new pair of spectacles. Choose from more than 400 unique frames from designer brands such as Gucci, Face Á Face, Jimmy Choo, and Kate Spade.
More than 200 of The Painted Pig's bone-white, clay-skinned bisque items await the adoring strokes and huggable hues of a hungry, loving artist-owner. Choose your pottery piece from a variety of items, such as mugs, bowls, plates, drawer pulls, and banks (ranging from $1.50 to $100 each, with an average value of about $20). The price includes the piece itself, paint, glazing, and firing. After picking paint colors, you're free to head to The Painted Pig's Idea Center, which supplies an array of books, stamps, sponges, and stencils, or tap the expertise of the studio's friendly staff to stir creative capital from cranial couches. Upon completion of the finishing dabs and drizzlings, you'll hand your claysterpiece to the caring hands of The Painted Pig's glazing and firing squad. The glazing and firing process takes 7–10 days.
At Ember Boutique, shoppers can peruse a wide selection of stylish threads amid a charmingly rustic atmosphere stocked with clothing, accessories, jewelry, handbags, and lots of hangers. Various items flashing uptown style, vintage elegance, and mod panache are available to browse and clutch tightly while gleefully spinning around the store. Check out a chic striped top ($32), a breezy, vibrantly colored one-piece dress ($48), or a pair of comfy capri-style pants ($36). Every item in Ember Boutique runs under $75. Nitpicky and style-challenged visitors will also be able to pick the brains of the friendly fashion-forward staff, who will happily offer their look-bolstering input as well as random numbers for today’s lottery.
Wielding years of practice and an arsenal of Pureology products, Breathe Salon’s quartet of stylists transforms men’s and women’s hair into chic coiffures. After a brief consultation, the shampoo-and-style pampering package begins with a sudsy shampooing to clear locks of dirt, oil, and discarded gum. Stylists seal in new fashions by running flat irons through manes or by aiming yawning blow-dryers at them. Alternatively, scissors snip away overgrowth during a men’s or women’s haircut that begins with a consultation to discuss style preferences. After washing tresses, mane maestros orchestrate strands into a style that harmonizes with clients' personality like a mockingbird harmonizes with a referee's whistle.