Drenched in elegant blue and cream hues and dotted with modern furniture, Brilliant Bridal perfectly emulates a high-end bridal boutique with its helpful consultants and VIP bridal appointments. The shop’s wide array of off-the-rack dresses and designer duds, however, sport up to an 80% discount and bear the labels of such style powerhouses as Justin Alexander, Mori Lee, and Maggie Sottero. Brides can peruse the shop’s selection on their own or invite opinionated friends and family to relax and spew advice in a private bridal suite during a one-hour appointment. In addition to vending everything the bride needs, Brilliant Bridal outfits mothers-of-the-bride and bridesmaids in formal dresses—which also double as prom or special-occasion gowns—and rents tuxedos or black-and-white body paint to grooms.
At its downtown location alone, Rose Tuxedo carries more than $1 million worth of tuxedos and accessories. In fact, the company's entire inventory is kept in state, meaning last-minute alterations never pose a problem. Convenience has been one of Rose's calling cards since it opened in the early 1980s. Today, the family-owned shops stock the latest designs in coats, vests, and suits, including more than 160 colors for vests and ties. Such diversity means guys can turn to Rose for all sorts of occasions, including weddings, proms, and the anniversary of losing their first tooth.
Working with nails as her canvas, and nail polishes as her palette Cecilia Aviles turns fingers and toes into tiny works of art. Already indulgent on their own, her mani-pedi treatments may be enhanced with add-ons such as callus treatments to soothe fingers and toes, sugar scrubs to exfoliate skin, and masks to keep feet from being recognized by anyone they may have recently kicked.
The knowledgeable staff at Today's Swim & Patio has been equipping backyard havens and poolside decks with a blend of stylish, comfortable, and durable outdoor furniture for more than 20 years. The dark cast aluminum of the Molise swivel club chair cradles bright cushions above its bendable base ($549), allowing people to turn naturally with conversation or comfortably imitate a weathervane, and the matching Molise sofa ($1,149) plushly invites an extended stay in exterior comfort. Prevent lovebirds from awkwardly trying to stand and snuggle by offering them a spot on the Albany love seat ($899), which makes for a more romantic respite when paired with the Albany ottoman ($299). Or trade in sweetheart-appropriate sitting for the sleek silhouette of the Albany spring club chair ($699), whose deep cushions encourage prolonged solo lounging and secure time capsule burial.
Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
Sugarland Cupcakes specializes in made-to-order cupcakes fashioned from scratch. During their two-hour cupcake-decorating class, a seasoned pastry chef supplies tools, ingredients, and instructions while students bake four of their own treats, decorating them with frosted designs and portraits of local crossing guards. Students are free to bring their own cocktails to spice up the curriculum. Patrons who opt for a dozen cupcakes can order popular flavors such as pink champagne or pumpkin spice with cinnamon-cream-cheese frosting.