The experienced crafters at Paper Kutz Scrapbooking host festive group crops and cull fine scrapbooking supplies in a cheerful and organized environment. Each Friday-night Super Scrap begins at 3 p.m., when solitary preservationists or groups of five arrive to snip, glue, and doodle their photos into pleasing configurations. As guests take their seats at long tables dotted with cutting mats, they commence the archival preservation of precious wedding photos, baby pictures, and calligraphied blackmail. Wastebaskets politely gather scraps, and diminutive wall art ensures that guests' handiwork takes center stage. To refresh each artist, staff members serve catered meals complete with dessert and beverages. Guests must call ahead to reserve their place, or they will be forced to scrapbook on the roof. Though not included in this deal, more events can be found on Paper Kutz's online calendar.
Lynn, Patricia, and Martina each discovered a love for design and creativity at a young age, and this passion ultimately brought them together to work at a crafting studio until 2006, when the owner of the studio retired after more than 20 years in business. Not wanting to say goodbye to each other or their customers, the three friends decided to purchase the business, and Crafty Lady Trio was born, creating a place for customers to knit, stitch, and socialize.
When asked what sets the company apart, Lynn Cusumano cites its specialization. "I think we have the largest selection,” she adds, “and largest number of experienced teachers." These resources shine through during classes, which, instead of adhering to specific lesson plans, cater to each student's skill set. Pupils purchase kits and patterns ahead of time from Crafty Lady Trio's store, and then help them blossom into colorful projects such as scarves and shawls with an expert’s guidance. The trio also leads longer crafting retreats and a weekly club for more advanced projects.
Courses take place within a 3,600-square-foot studio space that holds five teaching tables. For the trio and their students, this isn't just a place to work. It becomes a haven for making friends and sharing a passion for needlework.:m]]
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100-$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Spicing up sex lives since 1992, Cirilla’s stocks an impressive collection of lingerie, accessories, and adult toys that makes it easy to see how it’s ended up on Nuvo's "Best Of Indy" list two years in a row. Catered to both slim and plus-size clients, the shop's sensuous apparel encompasses everything from stockings and teddies to evocative costumes that fog monocles quicker than an illustrated D.H. Lawrence novel. For silken and scented kneads, lotions and oils sprinkle shoulders and backsides, as do sensual strokes and maneuvers gleaned from one of several instructional books. Grab bags for him, her, and couples award patrons with a surprise assemblage of products from the boutique, which can range from lotion samples to life-size chocolate replicas of famous bridges. A welcoming, open-minded staff happily helps guests explore a trove of body-safe adult toys, such as the waterproof and flexible We Vibe 3, which causes vibrations as good as those spawned from listening to the Beach Boys during an earthquake.
The toy connoisseurs at Great Lakes Hobby & Toy equip gift-givers with more than 35,000 toys, model kits, play sets, and educational items displayed in the 10,000-square-foot entertainment menagerie. While perusing model kits and interactive play sets, customers test-drive miniature locomotives on the labyrinthine network of model train tracks. A full cast of Thomas the Tank Engine characters ($9.99) awaits younger engineers, and a fleet of train starter sets ($59.99) contains all necessary components to encircle Christmas trees or napping uncles. Miniature projects also include dollhouse building supplies ($1.09+) and model-car kits of various skill levels ($5.99+), with protective display cases ($7.99) to keep miniature rebellious teenagers from joyriding. Great Lakes Hobby & Toy also stocks assembly-free items such as musical instruments ($3.29+), which provide energetic virtuosos with a positive outlet for creativity.
Every year at Ann Arbor Fest, Catching Fireflies founders Steve and April paused from manning their paper-arts booth to admire the folksy paintings of local artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. When they finally saved up enough to purchase their favorite piece, “Catching Fireflies,” it led to a flash of inspiration: a shop dedicated to showcasing similarly whimsical artwork and supporting local artists.
Now, Catching Fireflies’ inventory spans the spectrum, from leather-bound journals and wall art to children’s toys, and has been lauded in Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch. Once customers have honed in on wares, staff can gift-wrap them free of charge, thereby eliminating the need to conceal them behind Groucho glasses.