With 70,000 square feet of hands-on displays, Cole’s Home Solutions arms DIY decorators with tools and trinkets for domicile makeovers. Shoppers can pick up everything from a Majesty Bells wind chime ($22.40) to a plastic suet and seed bird feeder ($42.97) to deck out porches, as well as fine metal dishes and bowls from Beatriz Ball.
Capel Rugs accents homes with more than 10,000 styles of sturdy skins bearing bold colors, perky patterns, and traditional decorative moxie. Instead of covering living rooms in kelp, customers can browse a collection of rugs priced at less than $150, such as trendy cabana stripes ($34+) or muted charm loop rugs ($149+). Whimsical patterns by Kevin O'Brien blanket naked homes in warm colors while canoodling floors with fibrous droplets of love ($58+). Those with traditional tastes may migrate toward plush collections of area rugs available in a rich range of patterns, such as the decadent Belmont Tabriz, with its classic good looks of luxurious wools and high-tech, stain-resistant synthetics ($60+).
At Salsa Memphis, renowned dancer and choreographer Edgar "TunTun" Mendez leads each lesson, deploying skills he attained through years of dancing as a professional, performing onstage with Tito Puente and onscreen for Marc Anthony, as well as in salsa congresses and competitions. Within his airy, yellow-walled studio, Mendez shows students of all ages and ability levels how to perform a range of fast-paced, seductive salsa moves, beginning with basic steps, right and left turns, and cross-body leads. Intermediate and advanced lessons are designed for those ready to move on to more complex combinations, such as how to dip a partner in an airplane aisle. A private lesson bestows fledgling dancers with focused one-on-one time with the salsa professor for quicker learning and personalized tips. Lessons can be taken at the student's convenience, allowing dancers to learn on their own time as opposed to adhering to a weekly schedule.
Jody Herndon believes that portraits should reveal as much about their photographer as they do their subjects. Whether he's photographing kids, families, or former President Bill Clinton, he approaches each session as a collaboration—a chance to capture his subjects' personalities in their favorite environments, free of contrived poses. He takes a similar approach to shooting wedding days, as he unobtrusively documents each element of the events, from the bride anxiously preparing for the ceremony to the DJ singing the traditional one-hour-long wedding sea shanty. Once his sessions wrap up, Jody preserves his color and black-and-white shots with products including high-quality prints, albums, and high-resolution CDs and DVDs.
Handcrafted from preservative-free goodies, each gift from Edible Arrangements invites eyes to ogle and tongues to taste the fruits—hand-dipped in chocolate or left au naturel—that make up its sweet bouquet. The succulent, seeded morsels inside each gift box or upright bouquet are picked at the peak of freshness, ensuring a rush of juice and a muffled scream as teeth bite into the fleshy skin of crisp grapes, albion strawberries, and granny smith apples layered in white, dark, and milk chocolate. The tempting creations sprout from a range of decorative vases and containers, helping to commemorate all sorts of special occasions, from birthdays and weddings to the start of a doomed fast.