The neighborly Nordics at Ingebretsen's have helped Scandinavians trace their roots and non-Nordics liberate their inner Vikings for more than 85 years. A variety of enlightening, hands-on courses sits at your mitts' disposal at the quaint, well-maintained building. Don an apron and learn to make the delicious lefse, a traditional flatbread known for its tastiness with coffee ($30). Create beautiful, sturdy jewelry that doubles as wrist armor in the chain-mail bracelet class ($50), or knit a warm, comfy Norwegian star hat to replace your chilly horned helmet ($40). If you're fuzzy on what to gift a loved one, Ingebretsen's Walter Grittner, a veteran artisan with more than sixty years of experience, helms a chip-carving course, teaching students to carefully sculpt patterns into ornaments and unsightly glaciers into fantastic fjords ($40). Regardless of your experience level, Ingebretsen's atmosphere is friendly and supportive, making it a welcoming learning environment for newcomers.
A modest stucco façade belies the trove of eclectic, upscale wares that wait inside Motto Boutique’s three-story expanse. Co-owners Maria Walker and Maryn Bulygo channeled a west coast vibe when designing their airy store, which looks more like an effortlessly chic home than a typical boutique. Paintings, photos, and gilded mirrors line pristine white walls that abut sleek wooden furnishings and display cases filled with jewelry. Upstairs, racks of men’s flannel shirts and women’s dresses share space with stacks of denim piled high atop glass tables. Known as “The Attic,” the boutique’s topmost floor houses sale items, past season's fashions, and the discounted bones of dead presidents.
Started in 1998, Fired Up Studios has quickly evolved from a small pottery studio to an art center with classes and a gallery. Despite this growth, its mission remains the same: to raise the spirits of anyone who enters. In the 7,200-square-foot studio, experienced potters provide a judgment-free creative outlet for students and visiting artists alike, inviting them to have fun and experiment with the studio's collection of pottery wheels, kilns, and glazes. These potters also teach students how to throw clay, shape up elegant bowls and vases, and sculpt pixelization onto nude figures.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.