Just Shades clothes bashful light bulbs in ready-to-wear or custom lampshade garments. Hard-back shades come with fabric or paper exteriors that are laminated or tacked onto a card backing and that can fit in with the sleek, modern décor of a prefab home or a space station built by dolphins. Choose from a smorgasbord of hard-back options, including square shades with eggshell-colored crystal-pleat frocks that accent their curvaceous silhouettes (3.5'x5'x5', $36), and cowhide empire shades (4'x8'x6.5', $34). Or opt for a traditional soft-sided shade, such as a silk-string empire shade with a burgundy hue to match the wine served at monthly Fisher-Price Fan Club meetings (3'x6'x5', $36).
20x200 is an online gallery, connecting shoppers to an eclectic selection of limited-edition artwork from emerging and established virtuosos. Though the collection is in constant flux, its artist alumni list includes celebrated photographer William Wegman, vibrant painter Carrie Marill, and art-pop cognoscente David Byrne. All prints—available in numerous sizes and with or without frames—arrive packaged with signed certificates of authenticity, artist bios, care instructions, and the power to stop home-burglars in their tracks.
Inside this cozy Brazilian café, a window looks out onto a laundry line of European football jerseys—each emblazoned with the name of Brazilian greats such as Kaka or Robinho. Above the bar, flat screen TVs belt out play-by-plays of European football matches. With this nod to Brazil’s national pastime, the team at BarBossa cultivates a convivial atmosphere—where one might pop in for a match and stay for a bowl of soup and pressed sandwich. For heartier appetites, there is house-made pasta and Feijoada—a traditional Brazilian black bean stew with collard greens, farofa, and rice. Bartenders keep the tradition going with caipirinhas, a Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça, sugar, and lime.
Shoots of green leaves punctuate the white walls in the dim, quiet room. The greenery works in concert with a grouping of healing crystals and a glowing trio of candles to fill the serene space with an earthy energy. This marriage of relaxation and nature is the basis upon which GoGreen Organic Spa was founded, evidenced in the staff’s eschewal of chemical-filled products for the eco-friendly, organic Éminence skincare line used in all of their treatments. GoGreen’s crew of aestheticians bustles about the spa lavishing natural services upon patrons’ weary bodies, soothing cheeks from the pinches of passing grandmas with a Peace Facial or incorporating organic champagne and apricot oil in a Divine Massage therapy treatment for two.
Betsy Helmuth of Affordable Interior Design started her career in the visual arts, painting custom works and murals. Realizing that many of the spaces where her work was installed needed overhauling, she turned her focus to interior design. Eventually she won an internship with designer Thom Filicia of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and later opened her own company.
Now, with a second designer, Kelsey Surock, Helmuth breathes new life into homes and businesses, carrying out everything from spruce-ups to complete makeovers. For those who'd like to learn more about interior design, Helmuth and Surock offer three classes during which amateurs can learn how to create a floor plan, employ color, and redesign on a budget.
Patties of grass-fed beef, wild boar, and free-range chicken fill brioche buns at Bareburger, which eschews the added hormones commonly found in burger meat for locally sourced, all-natural ingredients. Fries cooked in 100% peanut oil complement bites of the Jalapeño Express burger's pepper jack cheese and chipotle ketchup or the Mediterranean's cool spread of cucumber-mint yogurt. Though Bareburger sources its meat and produce from sustainable farmers, its food isn’t the only reflection of its eco-conscious values: Trees felled in storms end up as hardwood tables in the dining room, whose tin-siding ceilings have been reclaimed from barns deconstructed during philosophers' countryside lectures.