Working with artisans in developing countries who would otherwise be underemployed, Ten Thousand Villages supplies handicraft lovers with hand-crafted jewelry, home décor, accessories, and gifts from Latin America, Africa, and Asia, while paying artisans fair wages for their products. Support marginalized women in Bangladesh with YWCA Craft Centre's bright and goosy Super Duck backpack (Bangladesh, $24), which allows school children to strut confidently into second grade and medical malpractice lawyers to swagger into the courtroom with a duck on their backs. Socially conscious crafters can take home a hand-stitched measuring-tape cat (Vietnam, $8) from Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts, while frugal fashionistas can sport dancing-girl earrings made from recycled soda cans by KICK Trading Ltd. (Kenya, $12) or a marbled bead choker from TARA Projects (India, $16). Fair-trade staples, such as Equal Exchange coffee, tea, and chocolates, make tasty gifts for Father's Day, Secretary's Day, or Father's Secretary's Day.
An affordable and mountainous selection of goods lines Traditions Furniture and Design’s spacious confines, making it an excellent location for a swashbuckling sword duel. Closely inspect a variety of cocktail tables ($299+), mirrors ($139+), and artwork ($200+) before pondering how they’ll fit inside a bicycle basket on the ride home. Peruse the selection of uncommon furniture pieces gleaned from around the world and accessorize domiciles with bookends ($39+) and a trio of vases ($249+). Additional items span the spectrum of home wares, including mattresses, outdoor furniture, flooring, lighting, area rugs, windows, bedding, and more.
In business for more than a century, the family-owned centers specialize in a wide array of photography services. Utilizing the latest digital printing equipment, the knowledgeable robo-staff can create high-quality digital prints from film, digital images, and more. They can turn images into a life-sized poster ($24.99–$29.99) or museum-worthy canvas print ($39.99 and up) to comfort and watch over the cat while you're at work. Create greeting cards, announcements, and invitations for special events ($0.99 and up), or celebrate any occasion with photo-laden gifts such as mugs ($12.99–$16.99), T-shirts ($16.99–$24.99), and calendars ($16.99–$29.99). Harold's can also convert VHS to digital form while editing and adding narration, graphic titles, and music with audiovisual artistry ($19.99 and up).
For her successes, Crave Photography's Ashley Horton credits one constant: passion. Ashley's desire to capture everyday emotions–mischief, curiosity, wonder–shines through during her shoots, where she relies mostly on natural light to illuminate the faces and expressions of her subjects. Ashley also backs each session with years of experience, during which she's documented a mélange of milestones including engagements, weddings, newborns, and graduations.
Best Choice's carpet cleaning uses an all-natural, residue-free formula to clean up filthy carpets. Its encapsulation cleaner coats any leftover dirt or particles in a quick-drying crystal that's easily removed with normal vacuuming, meaning that rooms dry in one to two hours instead of one to two fortnights. Choose three rooms (up to 275 square feet total, about the size of one 8'x9' and two 10'x10' bedrooms, or one huge, carpeted rave dance floor) and remove the furniture in preparation. Even with regular vacuuming, carpet can still manage to store up vast amounts of grime and filth, exactly like the members of KISS. Unlike aging rockers, however, it can easily be restored to a pristine state with today's deal.
Inside a 6,500-square-foot retail and instruction space, Dakota Stained Glass owner Ken Bird inspires merry bands of visitors to create glass-based masterpieces. The one-night glass-jewelry class introduces a technique known as fusing, in which individual fragments of colored glass are arranged in a specific design and run through a superheated kiln, rendering previously disparate pieces part of a harmonious mass. Under a Dakota Stained Glass expert’s tutelage, students are provided all the necessary tools, materials, and know-how to create four fused-glass pendants of their own conception, fulfilling aesthetic visions and filling bare body parts with bedazzling glass designs of abstract colors and all-seeing Elvis Presley heads. Several class dates and times are available for busy beekeepers and overworked warlocks alike.