In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' expert fruit florists arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, grapes, and juicy Albion strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Staffers can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet chocolate, white chocolate, or their own special peanut-butter-and-chocolate blend. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize gift baskets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Brussels Sprouts, an award-winning boutique, dresses girls and women in eclectic, stylish urban designs. The edgy rocker looks from designers like Sugarlips, Tractor, and Flowers by Zoe lure fashionistas of all ages with dresses, yoga pants, denim, and graphic tees for sizes 2T through women’s.
Would-be jewelrymakers cut their teeth on skills and take-home projects from Bead Art Resources' curriculum of classes with supplies from a vast selection of wires, silk, charms, turquoise, and semiprecious stringables. The basic techniques course answers questions that tend to trip up beginners, such as which clasp is best for a project and who keeps tying everybody's shoelaces together. Brass or copper wires twist, shape, and twirl into eye pins or earring bases ready to ensnare colorful gems during wirework sessions. Students can master advanced techniques used to make ornate wire-mesh necklaces on two separate visits or learn to escape medieval towers after a single stint in a silk-knotting class. Finished pieces travel home with students, proudly worn about the neck or diligently restraining bonded fairy creatures.
Green Planet Kids, tucked away in the independent shopping mecca of Newton Highlands, brings an old-fashioned sensibility to eco-friendly toys and nontoxic art supplies. Sunlight spills across the two-story confines, where personable service collides with fun, educational toys and hands-on art classes. Under the supervision of professional instructors, youngsters create a flurry of art projects in the form of paper-bead jewelry, watercolor paintings, and tissue-paper flowers, which are ideal for attracting tissue-paper hummingbirds.