The knowledgeable staff at Christine’s Feathered Nest helps clients bedeck beds and baths in luxury linens and fine furnishings, all hand-selected from around the world. Lafco candles ($59) illuminate spaces and kick off upscale séances, and guest towels ($11–$77), Gianna Rose soaps ($23–$31), and Niven Morgan bath and body products ($20–$33) lend a luxurious touch to bathrooms. Shoppers can jazz up nests with vases, lamps, and pottery bowls by Greg Combs ($25–$80), cosmetic cases ($15+), and a variety of duvets and coverlets. Pajamas ($46–$106) spoil sleepers with soft organic cotton or bamboo fabrics and self-counting sheep. Christine delights in culling fine furnishings from both well-known and up-and-coming designers for the boutique, originally launched out of a Civil War–era armoire parked in her own hallway.
Having compiled 33 years of art-teaching experience, Barb Grimes guides students in her art classes as they learn a multitude of techniques and work with an orchestra of color. With only 12 students per class, paintbrushes receive extra instruction with every stroke and Jackson Pollock–esque splash. All artwork created by aspiring artists will be able to be taken home and posted to refrigerator doors, used for show-and-tell, or uploaded to personal blogs for international feedback and acclaim. Classes are currently scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Call to reserve your class.
Painted Pink's fashion curators assemble a boutique collection of special-occasion frocks, stylish casualwear, and arresting accessories within the charming interior of a pink-painted shop. Drench frames in vivid water colors without pilfering an art gallery's still lifes with the by Smith Bleeker sheath ($332) from the collection line, or don a racer-back rococo-print Tibi dress, whose scarlet design and scoop-neck cut make it an ideal adornment for holiday fetes ($319). An almost-shear pin-tucked blouse ($72) from the Weekend Wear line drapes torsos in delicate, cream polka dots, and a camel-toned Tulle jacket with white detailing and brown toggles ($110) shields frames from autumn chills and acorn-lobbing squirrels. Susan Shaw necklaces and bracelets ($16–$52) accent wrists and necklines, and Hanky Panky boyshorts ($29) bedeck backsides in playful patterns, which customers can conceal with the denim designs of Joe's Jeans ($168–$188).
Led by certified adventure-fitness trainer Margaret Peeples, the women-focused boot camp guides recruits through a four-week outdoor-training and nutritional-counseling program. From fitness neophytes to workout mavens, participants can kick start their exercise efforts with eight boot-camp sessions. Cater the workouts to your individual needs and crunch, run, and jump your way to a buffer, slimmer body. Prior to camp, each participant’s weight and body fat are measured to keep track of lost bulk and inches gone astray. Participants should bring a set of 5- to 8-pound hand weights, plenty of water, an exercise mat, and a reversible exercise mask to each session.
A locally owned business for more than 35 years, Flowers from the Heart is a trusted bloom boutique that caters to efflorescent-minded gifters celebrating any occasion. Surprise a special someone with a delivery of roses($25¬–$175; delivery available only for orders $35+), or bring a potted palm($35–$75) to your favorite palm reader, just like she knew you would. Today's deal is good toward anything in the store, with the exception of the people who work there, although even they might be won over if surprised with a lush seasonal arrangement.