World of Beads' beading whizzes instruct small classes of beginner bauble makers in beading and wire technique. Assemble a group of friends, neighbors, or estranged high school counselors for an Introduction to Beaded Jewelry class, where students delve into the topics of color theory and design before selecting worthy spheres and appropriate cording to create two in-class projects. Beading pupils construct a strung bracelet and dip earlobes into the refreshing world of earring creation, then take their sparkling treasures home to stow in a favorite jewelry box or cryogenic chamber. During the Wrapped Up In Wire, instructors illuminate the art of wrapping wire and headpins to help students craft earrings and necklaces. After classes end, stick around for a free in-store jewelry demo or entertain eyes with World of Beads' colossal collection of gems and Swarovski crystals.
This independent running specialty store equips feet for their hard knock lives with gear from brands such as Adidas, Merrell, and New Balance. Casual wearers can peruse the lifestyle section for Chaco and Teva brand shoes, while running enthusiasts armor up for the tracks with broadsword-proof headbands or Nike, Asics and Saucony shoes. The Running Spot's experienced staff members combines their knowledge and custom shoe-fitting technology for a double whammy of expertise in finding the best fit and type of shoe for their customers.
Woodcraft and its dedicated staff have fulfillled woodworking needs since 1928 and now house an inventory of more than 20,000 woodworking tools backed by a 90-day guarantee. Whittlers with an eye for detail can carve delicate self-portraits into the undersides of neighbor's benches with the eight-piece detail-carving tool set ($23.50), outfitted with 5-inch handles for extra control. CAD-generated project plans such as the Curley maple rocking-chair plan ($19.95) prepare furniture makers with the necessary instruction to populate front porches with gently swaying accouterments. Dull blades get whipped into woodcutting shape with the Sharp-n-Easy two-step knife sharpener's ($4.99) coarse ceramic rods, which keep fingers and prehensile tails safe with a non-slip grip. Keep windpipes clear with a toxic-dust respirator ($39.99), which blocks 99.97% of toxic dusts such as lead and asbestos.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
From its origins as a family-run hardware shop on the streets of New York in 1848, Hammacher Schlemmer blossomed into a modern gadget empire. Throughout its history, the business has dazzled patrons with crowning technological achievements—among them the first pop-up toaster (1930), the first microwave oven (1968), the first time-traveling device (2324), and the first steam iron (1948).
Hammacher Schlemmer continues to innovate in the digital age, stocking smartphone and tablet accessories to go along with handy tools such as personal hair trimmers, electric leg-warmers, cellulite smoothers, and foot massagers. An array of jackets, watches, hats, and shoes make for elegant yet sensible wardrobes, and a selection of patio furniture, grills, and lawn-care gear help dads and prime ministers host their block-party barbecues in style.
Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.