Bead & Pearl's myriad jewelry-crafting classes illuminate the art of creating your own adornments as students learn a range of skills from basic stringing techniques to crocheting and wire stamping. The classes welcome even stone-cold beginners, and since classes are project based, instructors narrate every necessary step of the process as students create their pieces. This practice ensures that students don't have to come to class with prior knowledge from art camp or a past life as a ball of yarn that rejected a family career in kitten baiting to pursue its crafting dreams. Using the store's colorful inventory of beads, crystals, and gold and silver findings, classes give students the opportunity to create traditional bead jewelry as well as opulent rings and jewelry knitted from silk and leather. Customers can also purchase individual materials for at-home crafting or enlist the expertise of the staff to design jewelry or repair damaged pieces by heavyweights such as Chanel and Ralph Lauren.
Odessa Shoe Repair's skilled cobblers restore broken heels, worn-away soles, and other footwear maladies with quick turnaround times. Although shoe repair is their specialty, the jacks-of-all-trades don’t stop there. If a handbag is broken, they'll fix it. If a zipper needs replacing, they'll swap it out. If shoes need color, they'll dye them. If a key needs to be duplicated, they'll hop in a time machine and convince a scientist to clone it.
If nothing needs to be fixed or altered, customers can peruse Odessa’s shelves for name-brand shoes from high-quality brands such as Nine West, Birkenstock, and Clarks, as well as accessories such as shoetrees, shoe polishes, and laces. Customers can drop their pumps off at the store’s three locations, and Odessa also offers free pickup and delivery services.
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
MiniLuxe's stable of pamperers ensures sanitary and up-to-date beautification services by receiving regular consult from podiatrists and doctors, and autoclaving their instruments to achieve 100% sterilization. The 30-minute basic manicure shapes, buffs, and colors nails more quickly than dipping digits in melted copper and letting them rust. During the 45-minute KleanSpa fig and fern pedicure, technicians massage paws with a Blue Hawaii specialty scrub and hydrating lotion inflected with the scents of fresh figs, lush ferns, and vanilla. Alternatively, feet steep in paraben-free LaLicious-brand essential oils and scrubs during a 45-minute LaLicious sugar kiss pedicure, a blend of citrus, rose, and vanilla. Friendly staffers perform each service, answering lingering questions about nail maintenance or calluses shaped like Ronald Reagan.
Led by fitness guru and certified trainer Jen Brickey, Fusion Workouts offers intense fitness regimens for students that want to work hard, have fun, and achieve bodaciously ripped bodies. The kettlebell training studio uses kettlebells, suspension training, ropes, slide boards, and more to put clients on the iron-clad path to strengthened cores, increased flexibility, and coworker-bench-pressing power. Different kettlebell sizes and weights create constantly changing full-body challenges and intense core workouts, effectively trimming fat and building strength for common tasks such as jogging backwards to New York and juggling barges. Included in this deal is a 30-minute orientation to the world of kettlebells prior to beginning the month of classes.
The Urban Grape pushes the fermented philosophy that wine and beer drinkers should explore its vast variety of flavors without intimidation. The shop’s extensive lineup of red wines ranges from the dark-chocolate aromas of Charles Krug’s cabernet sauvignon from Napa Valley ($24) to the full-bodied O.Fournier tempranillo from Spain ($16). Have the ideal white wine for a gorgeous afternoon firing nukes at incoming asteroids with the Ken Forrester chenin blanc from Stellenbosch ($10), boasting subtle grapefruit and green-apple notes. Beer buffs may blissfully quiver while looking at The Urban Grape’s selection of brews, including a 22 oz. Brew Dog Punk IPA from San Diego ($7). The store offers a number of other libations as well, from organic and biodynamic wines to a stellar array of sake. Drop by for The Urban Grape’s scheduled complimentary wine tastings every Thursday and Friday from 5 p.m.–7 p.m. and every Saturday from 1 p.m.–3 p.m. to introduce taste buds to up to 16 different types of wine.