The artwork resulting from Look What I Made's workshops and open-studio sessions tends to have a practical edge. Bright clay cubes open to hold jewelry, and kids' art projects converge with the goal of teaching little hands to plant gardens. The shop even helps artists set up their own satellite studios by offering at-home pottery projects, which they can paint while stealing a moment of downtime or staring at the faces of sleeping family members and then let Look What I Made do the glazing and firing. In-studio outbursts of creativity take place within a relaxed, comfortable space, where big windows, wooden tables, and well-organized shelves of pottery line multi-colored walls.
Since opening in 2001, IM Wireless Verizon Wireless Retail Store has expanded to seven locations throughout the Northeast. Each address features the same thing, though: an array of Verizon Wireless smartphones, service plans, and phone accessories.
Wolfman's School of Music founder Bob Wolfman started his music career as a session guitar player at the age of 16, eventually building an impressive résumé as a performer and recording artist, playing alongside legends such as Chick Corea and Larry Coryell. With 27 years of teaching experience under his belt, Wolfman has instructed countless kids and adults in guitar and bass, including folk artist Dar Williams and blues singer Andy O'Brien. Through his warm personality, his sense of humor, and his solid background in jazz, rock, and blues, Wolfman teaches budding musicians of all ages and skill levels with in-person private lessons and convenient online sessions via Skype. Wolfman's School of Music also serves as a prep school for Berklee College of Music and other music colleges.
Creativity is in Richard Bali Berberian’s blood. As Elyse Fine Jewelers’ primary gemologist, he is a seventh-generation creative designer and the descendant of a long line of renowned architects, jewelers, and craftsmen. As a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America, Richard carries on his family’s legacy by designing and crafting one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. In addition to his own pieces, Elyse Fine Jewelers carries collections from jewelry and bridal designers such as Belfiore, Christian Bauer, Henri Daussi, Gregg Ruth, Lieberfarb, and Tycoon Cut.
The Wine Shop of Reading prompts clients to ask themselves, "am I the next Sam Adams?" But not because they're helping found a nation, but because they're interested in brewing beer. Onsite, The Wine Shop staff works with visitors to not just sell them great beer, but show them how to craft a solid home brew with the skills, ingredients, and equipment to do so. Instructors also teach wine making, as well as bartending skills, which involves more than artfully draping a towel over one shoulder and coming up with punny cocktail names.
For three decades, Boston Beauty's knowledgeable cosmetics experts have helped clients beautify their follicles, faces, and fingertips with products from top brands at six different locations. Shoppers protect hair from blustery winter weather with nourishing hair treatments, such as the Macadamia Natural Oil deep repair masque, or add some glitz to holiday styles with Bodyography lipstick, nail polishes from China Glaze, and earrings that play an unabridged reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas." Products from beauty giants including Wella, Sexy Hair, Sebastian, Rusk, Babyliss, Bodyography, Agadir, Macadmia Natural Oil, and OPI round out the shop's extensive selection. Customers decorate and strengthen their fingernails with treatment and color from China Glaze, or sculpt and shine their hair with helpful hair-care or styling products.