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.
Allegheny Arts Gallery's instructors operate under the artistic eye of Robert Buchanan, an established purveyor of painted, sculpted, sketched, and vibrantly designed artwork. Each week, classes will comprehensively break down the techniques and workflows required to ease conceptual development. Elicit a smile from an inanimate object while pursuing still-life art, immortalize a mountain through carefully placed brushstrokes in the landscape art class, or canvas-capture the human body with a lasso of ink in figure drawing. Classes last two hours each.
Browsers can find something novel during every visit to Ambiance, because fresh items arrive every day at each location. Shops display an ample selection of one-of-a-kind new and gently used designer clothing, handbags, shoes, and accessories along with jewelry that is unlikely to be found elsewhere. Ambiance also offers an exclusive collection of furs and evening gowns. The sophisticated shopkeepers at Ambiance handpick each item, ensuring everything is chic, polished, and up to current fire code.
Allegheny Smokeworks invites puffers to experience the smoky serenity of an old-fashioned tobacco shop, complete with a plush smoking lounge, custom blending bar, and a stupendous stock of quality smokeables. Current in-stock selections include Rocky Patel's The Edge, a bold cigar that blends notes of espresso and spice as seamlessly as a flamenco-dancing barista ($5.95); the Liga Privada No. 9 wraps together seven different tobaccos ripe with chocolate, pepper, and nut flavors for a satisfying smoke that finishes with a hint of sweetness ($10.95). The Arturo Fuente Double Chateau boasts traces of vanilla and cocoa and––like the most fashionable of pine trees––wears nothing but a cedar sleeve ($5.80), and cigar collectors will be pleased to peruse a selection of hard-to-find stogies from brands such as Padron 1964 and Cuvee Don Pepin.
At Corks and Canvases, local artists demonstrate how to paint vivid scenes while students sip their favorite wines. After passing out canvases and supplies, teachers guides attendees aged 15 and older stroke-by-stroke through the process of creating projects such as a Van Gogh–inspired starry night over Pittsburgh or a sailboat as it floats at sunset. At BYOB classes, they invite guests to uncork a vintage and nibble snacks brought from home. The studio also hosts bachelor or bachelorette parties, fundraising events, and family nights that let kids and their smartest stuffed animals paint alongside adults.