An upscale fiber-arts boutique, Yarns By Design keeps its shelves stocked with high-quality yarns, patterns, and other supplies from all over the globe. Every month, visitors put those materials to work during a number of classes and clubs. Beginning crochet classes, for instance, cover basic techniques and stitches, and needle-felting classes teach students how to use felting needles to create 3D animals. Throughout the year, YBD also offers special workshops hosted by talented designers.
More than 50 loose-leaf teas line the shelves at Iris & Ivory Teahouse & Cafe. To provide suitable pairings for these brews?which range in flavor from subtle and earthy to fruity and complex?the caf? serves traditional accompaniments, including quiche and made-from-scratch scones with lemon curd and devonshire cream. An array of house-made sandwiches, such as cranberry-chicken salad and roast beef with wasabi-horseradish mayo, round out the menu. The teahouse also holds special-event dinners and formal teas in its lushly appointed Iris Room.
Sometimes you want to hold a book in your hands?touch and smell the pages, feel the weight of it?before sinking into it for hours. When digital isn't enough, Bradley's Book Outlet houses thousands of books at discount prices. The outlet shop receives more than 90% of its inventory from publisher overstocks and remainders, so it can sell books for up to 30% off New York Times bestsellers and up to 80% off overstocks. Helpful staff recommendations can point you to a new favorite, ranging from the Divergent trilogy to frequently banned books, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and I Double Dog Dare You To Ban This Book.
Painters, graphic artists, and architects have found the tools of their trade at the one-stop Top Notch Art Centre since 1971. A floor-to-ceiling picture window beckons passersby on Craig Street, where shade trees shelter a block of historic buildings and small businesses, including a rare bookshop and a cobbler for broken dreams. Inside, the staff leads 2-D artists toward the right brush for watercolor or oil from their selection of Winsor Newtons, or printmaking papers from Arches Cover and BFK Rives lines. The store also makes an effort to seek out artisanal brands, such as Gamblin Artists Oils and Mt. Vision Handmade Pastels. Bookbinders can pick up screw posts and glue, and drafters can run their fingers over delicate, smooth vellum and curl them around the curves and angles of nine types of stylus guides. Past the tall, narrow aisles, a framing shop encases completed works of art in glass and caution tape to prepare them for display.
Knit One focuses on the communal and therapeutic aspects of knitting, welcoming new or established lovers of the fiber arts to practice their craft in a space dedicated to camaraderie and companionship. Whether they're knitting scarves or crocheting a new motorcycle cover, guests can stock up on high-quality needles, yarns, and supplies within the open, airy shop.
Materials are only one part of life at Knit One, though. Guests frequently bring projects with them, settling into comfortable sofas for an afternoon of work and idea swapping. Balls of yarn also unravel in small classes, where students let the day's stress melt away as socks, headbands, and tea cozies come into fruition. No matter what the reason for their visit, customers can count on the shop's knowledgable staff for everything from expert knitting tips to customer service assistance.