Below large wooden beams, artists of all ages bend diligently over their pieces, dabbling in palettes filled with colorful glazes. Families, birthday-party guests, summer-camp attendees, and students fill the many tables at It's Yours Pottery, painting raw bisque piggy banks, coffee mugs, and ceramic flying saucer props. Pottery isn't the only star of the show, though—on other days, the tables hoist fused-glass pieces, tiles, stones, beads, acrylic paints, and slabs of clay for hand-formed figures.
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The friendly staff at Togs drapes patrons in fashionable threads and accessories culled from a diverse collection of designers. A chic assortment of tops modishly completes outfits in a variety of bright colors and styles ($27+), and a line of leggings suitably replaces magic markers as a method for covering up legs ($35+). Bedangle lobes, wrists, and necks with a vast array of jewelry ($18+) or gird loins in lace with a pair of Hanky Panky underwear ($18+). Kai Lotion, as seen on the Oprah show, introduces dermises to new realms of silky smoothness previously known only by Barry White's telemarketers ($37).
Photographer Jacque Haeffner crafts narrative portraits with an affinity for children and families and a lifelong zeal for camera work. Photon bouncers choose between an in-studio or an on-location session in the Haymarket area for a photo shoot accommodating up to six people.
At Game Vault, players can peruse more than 3,500 on-floor titles compatible with systems as diverse as Xbox 360, Nintendo 64, and Sega Saturn. Today’s first option lets gamers stock up on controllers and games, or lets them apply their Groupon toward a system capable of turning a boring afternoon into a virtual circus filled with bipedal hedgehogs and self-aware mushrooms. Take home two or four old-school favorites (around $20–$40) or experience newer titles (around $45–$50) such as Excite Bike 360 and Portal 2. Patrons can rack up extra savings with Game Vault's price match guarantee or ask the knowledgeable staff for help locating obscure or antique 18th-century titles.
Cartridge World, one of the world's largest ink and toner retailers, has kept empty cartridges from landfills by rearming them with liquid hues for more than 20 years. When ink cartridges start to show signs of depletion through faded colors and pleas to feed on magic markers, Cartridge World will top them off with befitting black or color ink. Staff examine cartridges before filling them up with matching ink types from HP ($6.95+), Canon ($7.95+), Epson ($9.45+), or other printer manufacturers.