For more than three decades, Goldsmith Jewelry Shoppe has classed up wardrobes with custom-designed, premium diamond jewelry, including earrings, pendants, and engagement rings. At the shop, onsite craftsmen and certified gemologists help customers pick out the perfect piece or create their own from start to finish. Goldsmith also offers onsite repairs and resizing, and its extensive selection of Rolex and Pandora items and loose diamonds ensures there are matches for myriad tastes.
Light pours through the windows of Sip & Knit and bounces off the bundles of multihued yarns that are tucked into ordered bookshelves along one of the walls. Inside this cozy space, during classes or open knitting time, knitters of all levels immerse themselves in projects such as forming baby socks or a sweater for a warm-blooded pet goldfish. Visitors can peruse an inventory of supplies from renowned brands, such as Elizabeth Austen, Swedish Yarn, and the Alpaca Yarn Company, all while contemplating new designs with Tucker, the store’s resident dog.
On August 9, dozens of independent artisans will converge on the Maitland Civic Center for the Big Bang Bazaar. The one-day festival looks to feature a wide array of items that ranges from soy candles and handmade jewelry to more unexpected gifts, such as beaded X-Files posters. There will be some packaged foods for sale as well, including cake balls and homemade pickles, which are much more enjoyable than pickle-made homes.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, ?She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.?
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand?s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.
Husband and wife duo, Jeremy and Diane Thomas, fold their 25 years of combined personal training experience into Fitness Partners Workout Center. Along with a cadre of trainers and instructors the team whips clients into peak physical shape, enlisting the help of specialized machinery and old-fashioned physiology. They sculpt cores with the aid of Pilates reformer machines and TRX suspension harnesses, and blast calories during indoor cycling sessions as students struggle up virtual hills or plunge sticks into the imaginary spokes of imaginary Lance Armstrongs. Mirrored classrooms help exercisers strike pitch-perfect poses or dance moves during yoga and Zumba classes. Although classes cap off at eight students, giving instructors ample face time with each guest, personal trainers kick the customization up one full notch with plans designed around specific goals, such as managing weight, building muscle, or living a healthier lifestyle.
Technicians wield scrolls of premium tints and Custom Tint’s three decades of expertise as they deflect heat and sunbeams from windowpanes. Armed with standard, high-performance, and ceramic tints from Global Window Films, staffers trim the UV-blocking film to fit individual windows in cars as well as homes and offices, preventing heat from rendering interiors uncomfortable or sunlight from fading treasured Bayeux Tapestries. Custom Tint bolsters its work with limited and lifetime warranties with national coverage.