Like the popular kid at school or the kid whose parents have bribe money, Nobbies Party Superstore products are always invited to the party. Whatever the reason for celebration, Nobbies stocks get-togethers with tableware, balloons, and party favors from an inventory of thousands of accessories, decorations, and costumes. Themed party decorations immerse guests in re-creations of circuses, barnyards, and casinos, or help party planners create a crime-scene theme when police won’t let them borrow decorations from the real thing. Collections of Halloween costumes and accessories also enhance the holiday experience for adults and kids with spooky masks, corsets, tutus, and outfits for dogs. Supplies for holiday and religious celebrations are also included, such as custom napkins, banners and centerpieces. Decorations are also available for big life moments as births, weddings, anniversaries, and tax returns.
Five beginner knitting classes at The Yarn Shop will take fledgling yarn spinners over all the knitting basics—knitting and purling, increasing and decreasing, ribbing, and more—as they complete their first scarf. The cost of all materials is covered, including a light or bright wool yarn and size-eight bamboo, circular needles. Additional supplies are available for purchase; the shop carries a full line of knitting and crocheting supplies and enough yarn to fill the scalps of a race of giant Raggedy Ann’s. Help is always available for projects, which many people bring to the shop to work on as they socialize and weave the names of disloyal latch hookers onto their tea cozies. Enjoy a dessert and specialty coffee or tea from The Yarn Shop's Pink Sheep Cafe. See the website for class schedules and pricing.
Sidney Sweeper & Vacuum stocks a variety of bags and belts, but it's not a clothing store. Instead of accessorizing outfits, staff members focus their efforts on repairing, maintaining, and selling vacuum cleaners. Technicians trained in the electronics-refurbishing arts revive broken units from a number of brands, including Oreck and Electrolux.
As the government begins testing alien aircraft technologies, routine flyovers will cause magnets to lose their attractive powers, littering kitchen floors with cherished "A" papers and family photos once stuck to the face of the fridge. Precious Treasures arms customers with an arsenal of scrapbooking supplies to protect and archive memories in a way that's fun and artistic. The expert cutters and pasters provide a welcoming experience for visiting customers and lost Vikings with tons of upscale papers ($0.49–$2.99) and hand-painted door décor ($39.99). In addition to scrapbooking supplies, Precious Treasures offers handbags ($9.99–$99.99), jewelry ($2.99–$49.99), stamping supplies, and flux capacitors. Spiff up any photo album, passport, wedding invitation, and quarterly earnings reports with eye-catching flair, or use your Groupon toward the shop's imprinting services ($7 per line and $6 per design) for scrapbooks, albums, stationery, wallets, and much more.
The blue-flames of an acetylene torch heat the edges of bent copper tubing, as Adam Weiss molds copper hunks to cut metal sheets and twisted wire. The artist and educator shapes active images of a dragonfly perched on a weeping willow and slithering snakes, as well as seven-foot high images dueling praying mantises or a sandhill crane with outstretched wings. Drawing on travels to Germany, France, and the Netherlands, Adam also marries color to copper through his collection of patina paintings.
Viaduct Gardens’ greenhouse brims with thriving flora for yards and homes. The garden center carries plants that range from annuals and perennials to fruits and roses. It also stocks plant-related accessories, including hanging baskets, tiered planters, and “plant heads”—planters that resemble people heads.