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.
Old Cuban Cigar Factory’s team of expert smoke technicians calls upon more than 30 years of experience to craft fresh, hand-rolled cigars daily, stuffing them with a special blend of Dominican long-fill tobacco. The shop’s walk-in humidor stocks an impressive selection of smokes in shapes such as toro, small corona, and the non-conventional Pringles can, with lengths ranging from 5 to 7 inches and ring sizes stretching from 44 to 54. After purchasing their wares, patrons can head to the venue’s relaxing lounge to show off their abilities to puff smoke rings and aromatic haikus.
Since 1979, Horizon Foods has been delivering flash-frozen and pre-portioned dinner entrees directly to front doors. Each item arrives fully prepped to heat and eat, individually wrapped, and fully trimmed and de-boned as needed. Select from proteins such as antibiotic-free chicken fingers ($79.99 for 48 two-ounce portions), divers scallops ($116.99 for 36 two-ounce portions), and buffalo burgers ($99.99 for 20 five-ounce portions) for grilling, searing, or using as an aesthetic metaphor in a diorama about 19th-century westward expansion. Pre-rolled, pre-cut, and pre-stuffed eggplant rolatini ($99.99 for 24 3.5-ounce portions) makes a palatable, pre-sized main dish for herbivores and herbivoyeurs alike. You’ll also be able to select a free added-value item, such as pepper-jack risotto cakes (normally $59 for 16 pieces). If the free added-value items don't pique your appetite fancy, you can also choose to take an additional 15% off the price of the entire order, or take a discounted price on a second item.
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.