Prague-born Filip Vogelpohl kindled his passion for glass blowing within his Boise home garage. As his knack for flame-working increased, Vogelpohl left the garage and traveled the world, honing his craft under the tutelage of internationally renowned glass blowers. Now, Vogelpohl welcomes fledgling glass blowers into his studio for small group classes. He also invites spectators to watch the studio's artists as they shape molten glass and borosilicate into jewelry or vases, which then go up for sale in the gallery. On the first Thursday of every month, the furnaces keep firing until 9 p.m. during free glass-blowing demonstrations as a part of the First Thursday Art Walk.
Twisted Ewe invites crafters of all stripes to come together and chat, collaborate, and inspire one another amid sunny yellow walls lined with shelf after shelf of bright skeins of yarn. The store’s encouraging, communal environment becomes apparent in open knit nights, the Kids' Korner, and the staff’s willingness to discuss the advantages of making socks with alpaca yarn versus sasquatch fur. Additional guidance for constructing sweaters and scarves fills the pages of knitting and crocheting books and magazines, and Twisted Ewe’s classes provide hands-on instruction for projects ranging from crafting a cardigan to creating dutch mitts.
Boasting more than 150 superstores nationwide, Hastings keeps entertainment enthusiasts entertained and enthused with 20,000 square feet of new and used movies, music, games, books, novelty gifts, and more. Adorn coffee tables with an array of readable coasters, including Jon Stewart's Earth ($13.99 used/$18.99 new), or add to video libraries with a vast selection of classic and newly released DVDs, such as The Social Network ($19.38 new). Hastings also hooks up sundry electronics with helpful accessories such as the iPod Touch G3 Defender case ($19.99), which protects portable jukeboxes from spillage and Henry Winkler's elbow. Hastings' rental service for films and video games makes it as easy to try before you buy as the popular online service NetHusbands.