Coastal Sewing Machines set sail nearly two decades ago, hopping between various locations on the Connecticut coast as it lured schools of quilters and seamstresses. Within the shop, needle aficionados guide guests through an inventory of cloth that stretches more than 10,000 yards, providing options for any project and the means of making a football stadium a nice dress shirt. Their selection of high-end sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sergers from Viking, Pfaff, and Baby Lock grants supreme stitching power to complement their supply of notions and bring customer creations to life.Coastal's textile techs also expand the sewing community through an ever-changing schedule of classes. Budding thread wielders can learn basics while making useful items such as iPad cases and luggage tags embroidered with their name and the items they're attempting to smuggle. The shop also slings classes on more advanced topics, from designing tote bags to operating a serger.
At FromYouFlowers.com, seasoned florists transform thoughtfulness into colorful bouquets that signify love, friendship, and pride that earn accolades from the likes of CNBC. Cheery orange tulips and pink gerbera daisies trumpet thank-yous and congratulations from elegant vases, and red roses make an ideal complement to romantic dinner dates and horse-drawn bus rides. Festive add-ons such as teddy bears and chocolates accent bouquets with greetings that range from huggable to edible. Many flowers can be shipped the same day they’re ordered, allowing shoppers to surprise love ones with beautiful blooms whenever the desire strikes. To help shoppers connect with far-flung friends, the service shuttles foliage to all 50 U.S. states, plus more than 160 countries, and lunar colonies.
At Indian River Marina, gentle currents of scenic tidal wetlands host kayakers of all skill levels during four-hour nautical treks. To start each paddling odyssey, guests select from a medley of vessels including tandem, convertible, and recreational kayaks before launching from the marina's shores. As bluejackets drift atop the intimate waterways, layers of blossoming frondescence volunteer leafy greens to create a flowing framework of natural surroundings. After four hours of high-fiving the gregarious tides, shellbacks return to the marina to picnic or shower away the tears of overly attached oars.
For more than a century, Ring's End has put quality home improvement products in the hands of homeowners and contractors. A Stanley FatMax level ($30.99) ensures all paintings and ouija boards are hung correctly, and a gallon of Benjamin Moore Regal Classic paint ($40.19) creates a vibrant new hue on staid interior walls. Fiberon composite decking ($2.95+/ft.) helps to craft sturdy, colorful backyard-grilling platforms and arrives backed by a 20-year limited warranty. Handymen and women can keep tools easily accessible, organized, and ready to travel with a Veto Pro Pac tool bag ($144.99), which holds more than 100 hand tools and includes six zippered pockets to hide worksite snacks from Bob Vila.
The talented gemnasts at Northern Light Gems ornament customers with custom designs and name-brand jewelry and watches. Gaze into the oceanic depths of the natural labradorite stone at the center of a Baroni ring ($120). Adorn lobes with a set of sterling-silver earrings ($15) or draw attention to a fresh tattoo sleeve with a bracelet of delicate sterling-silver beads ($75). The shop's artisans also work with customers to forge one-of-a-kind pieces that match their specifications for shape, price, metal, gem, and edibility. Browse the abundant assortment of baubles within Northern Light Gems' spacious, warmly lit storefront, stopping to marvel at ornate estate and antique pieces, or coo over charms reflecting the area's heritage in the form of tiny moveable bridges and outlines of Niantic Bay.