Not Made in China’s instructional pottery studio schools prospective potters in the basics of ceramic creation. Patrons can grab a friend, lover, or beloved dental hygienist for a 2- to 2.5-hour group class and unleash their creative potential by crafting one-of-a-kind home décor or custom serve-ware, or memorialize an up-and-coming claymation starlet. The studio proffers all of the necessary supplies for artisans to mold vases, bowls, and figurines by hand or atop a potter’s wheel to the rhythm of a heartfelt pop ballad. Upon completion of the class, each student's best piece is glazed and fired in the studio’s kiln, and ready for pickup about two weeks later. Attendees should plan to wear old clothes and shoes they don’t mind getting dirty.
PPFA–certified framer Colgate Craig fashions customized frames that spotlight magnificent works of art, photographs, and precious memorabilia. Frames bedeck pieces of all sizes to complement room décor, and conservation-quality protection preserves photos and memorabilia from aging with acid-free materials, UV-blocking glass, and cryogenic time capsules. Shadowboxes display larger, three-dimensional keepsakes securely on walls, and hand-carved frames and glass etchings offer customized touches to special pieces. The shop also displays a variety of local artwork, including ceramics, sculptures, Native American art, and stained glass. For patrons' convenience, the gallery offers delivery, shipping, and installation services, creating an easy way to get art into your home without the hassle of breaking into an art museum.
New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery nurtures creative minds in a 4,000-square-foot haven where artists can pursue their own projects or learn the basics and nuances of myriad printmaking forms during workshops. Artists enjoy full access to six hand-operated etching presses, a darkroom, studio space, a classroom, and gallery spaces where both local and international masterpieces adorn the walls, inspiring onlookers to get in touch with their inner muses or kidnap someone else’s.
Those moved to channel their creativity can join classes that delve into subjects ranging from etching on copper plates to traditional woodcuts and carving linoleum blocks. All workshops employ nontoxic inks, eschewing the traditional pigments, whose dangerously radioactive ingredients explain, in retrospect, Da Vinci’s third eye and Dürer’s vestigial tail.
In 1966, Jack Baillio opened his first electronics store, a TV-repair shop. More than 40 years later, he is still CEO of the company, but it has expanded to become a statewide institution. His stores' locations offer a vast range of services for appliances of all types. From repairing cell phones, computers, refrigerators, and televisions to supplying furniture, such as TV stands and sofas, Baillio's technicians can help with many appliance-related problems. The stores carry big-name brands such as LG, Samsung, and Frigidaire, and the techs operate on mobile technology, such as toaster ovens on wheels and smartphones, for which they can replace screens.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.