Monkey Pod Games specializes in brainteasers—especially traditional brainteasers, enhanced with a maddening new twist. For instance, while Four in a Row is hard, the Monkey Pod's 3D, cube-shaped version is even harder. Likewise, chess is a challenge unto itself, but the company's board also breaks apart into 60 puzzle pieces. These brainteasers and games are designed to promote analytical thinking, creativity, and visual and spatial planning while increasing teamwork and social skills, problem-solving abilities, and understanding of geometric concepts. Their puzzle-purveyor's stock includes myriad mind-benders like these, made from wood and metal, in flat, 3D, and unsolvable varieties for those that want an extra challenge.
Founded in 1974 by three "hippie glassblowers," Bullseye Glass Co produces internationally renowned glass materials in thousands of colors and finishes suitable for artistic endeavors of all kinds, such as mosaics and stained glass. Aside from being beautiful to look at, most of Bullseye's glasses are compatible for fusing and kilnforming—something that's especially important for glass artists to know. Bullseye also passes on the ancient art of glass shaping through artist-guided classes. Graduates of these kilnforming classes can return to craft additional treasures or explore the cyclical nature of art by turning a wineglass back into a sandbox.
Inspired by European, vintage, and modern design trends, Milieu's design services guide room-dwellers toward updated and personalized interior styles. The re-accessorize and e-design packages use phone and online consultation. The former package crafts a fully accessorized room plan based on project budget and scope, potentially offering product suggestions for soft goods such as pillows and rugs along with plans for lighting, small tables, and careful placement of neon octopi. A completely personalized design scheme characterizes the e-design package, as Milieu uses user-provided room measurements to arrive at a floor plan and recommend furniture, wall décor, and paint colors as well as soft goods and lighting.
Rhythm in Rye Designer Consignment frequently introduces different vintage and consignment items into its collection of clothing, handbags, artwork, and home goods. One visit may yield apparel from Prada and Chanel, whereas another may include items from Tory Burch and Christian Louboutin.