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.
LaBella Intimates' owner, Santa LaBellman, dubbed the "Bra Whisperer" by Orange Appeal magazine, tempts eyes with her boutique's collection of lacy, silky, and frilly underthings procured from European and domestic designers. Santa, who is concerned that many women wear the wrong bra size or traffic cones under their shirts, offers complimentary fittings to match bosoms with cup sizes ranging from A cup to K cup and band sizes ranging from 30–50. The shop primarily carries brassieres and underwear from European brands Kris Line and Panache, but Santa also stocks playful pajamas from Fleurt and Affinitas and smoothing shapewear by Yummie Tummie. After slipping behind the dressing rooms' black-and-white brocade curtains to try on their chosen wares, shoppers stand beneath the glow of a chandelier at the front register to take possession of their new lingerie.
Just walking through the door of All Fired Up can lead to artistic inspiration for paint-your-own-pottery sessions. Paper butterflies, flowers, and stars speckle the floor-to-ceiling windows, and ceramic tiles in the shape of birds, hearts, and trees cover the back wall. Artists of all experience levels can select a bisque piece to decorate with the studio’s vast supply of paints and melted Skittles.
The experienced needle wielders at Perfect Fitting adjust the sizing of all manner of garments for men, women, and children. Shorten jacket sleeves ($30) and shirt sleeves ($20) to better showcase muscular wrists, and alter skirt hems to show off rare third knees ($16+). A fresh plain pants hem ($12) creates a crisp upper border for shoes, and a new zipper ($16) helps to maintain modesty. Ill-fitting slacks and legs reconcile after Perfect Fitting's staff bedeck denim with an original jeans hem ($20), and watermelon smuggling is made simpler after the alteration specialists take out skirt or dress waists ($16
Recently relocated to a new downtown location, Hot Olives Restaurant hosts a diverse menu that indulges multifarious mouths. Nine-to-fivers who regularly replace their usual PB&J lunch with an island crab-cake sandwich ($12) or a fried-green-tomato BLT ($11) may experience a decrease in midafternoon popcorn mirages. Dinner diners can start with a signature appetizer of hot olives, breaded and diced black olives infused with asiago cheese and a side of blue cheese layered with sweet chili sauce ($9). The tropical almond chicken salad ($15) and hearts of Palm Beach ($11) appeal to salad seekers, and the chicken pompadour boasts a lemon-caper buerre blanc ($17), sometimes used as a styling aid by Elvis impersonators. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday; dinner is served from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.