Paper-wrapped bundles, care packages, and crates pour in and out of Hometown Postal Connection, an authorized shipping center for FedEx, UPS, DHL, and the USPS. Shelves brim with colorful bouquets of paper, pens, and sticky notes, which can be used to post memos or brief reviews of every lunch that was in the office fridge. Alongside the ranks of stationery stand gifts from brands including Ganz and Willow Tree, as well as greeting cards and holiday decorations. The staccato clack of keys drifts from pay-per-use computers, where customers print tickets and shipping labels from the Internet, as mailbox rentals offer a secure spot to collect postcards.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
Ten Seconds Studio's project professors instruct classes in a range of metal-based art forms. Metal-embossing classes immerse fledgling artisans into a three-hour lesson divided into two parts: first, students glean the basics of embossing in a 90-minute demonstration that acquaints hands with the included start-up kit, basic technique, and recent patty-cake trends. The remainder of class is spent using newly learned skills to gussy up a metal picture frame (included in the start-up kit). Students may then take their shimmering creations home with them to exhibit family photos or cherished panes of glass.
In Balance In Control’s licensed massage therapist utilizes a variety of techniques to help their clients reduce stress and pains. He specializes in treating neck and shoulder tensions as a result of chronic stress or repetitive motions. His services include Swedish, therapeutic, deep-tissue, facial-toning, and chair massages along with aromatherapy and deep muscle therapy.
Bistro Desserts lets its Latin inspiration show—mainly through the staff’s specialty flan. They churn out traditionally flavored flans, as well as recipes that taste like orange, pumpkin spice, or espresso. They even use flan as a nontraditional icing for their cakes. The hybrid desserts come in several flavors, including coconut flan atop a pineapple cake or chocolate cake with vanilla flan for a more classic combo.