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.
Visitors to Greenport Art & Design choose to paint their own dessert plates or three holiday ornaments before the functional sculptures are glazed and fired in the kiln. Stamps, stencils, design ideas, and séances with Picasso are among the tools and resources available during an hour of studio time, when each guest grabs a brush and creates a one-of-a-kind piece. Artists pick up their glossy finished products 7–10 days later. The lustrous, resulting items are nontoxic and dishwasher-, oven-, and microwave-safe in case craftspeople decide to bake a traditional ornament casserole.
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.
Vines & Branches scours the globe to find fresh batches of extra-virgin olive oil and gourmet vinegars to fill its shelves. Along with olive oil infused with flavors such as butter, basil, and lemon, the inventory includes imported Italian white and red balsamic vinegars aged via the unique solera process and a variety of specialty foods, skincare items, and olive-wood products.
The careful collectors at Haddam Family Consignments cull gems of gently used upscale apparel, vintage and modern jewelry, and furniture to resell in their cozy shop. Items rotate regularly, but recent collections have included a Ralph Lauren blouse ($13.75) and a J. Crew sweater ($9.75) to keep appendages warm more fashionably than a sleeve made of insulation foam. Juicy Couture faux-fur hoodies ($69.95) and sleek Unik black leather motorcycle jackets ($55) for men and women preserve torsos against whipping winter winds and cool spring breezes. The store also houses a vast selection of goods, ranging from handbags and home décor to children's toys, books, and DVDs, for a collection of items more diverse than the participants at a snowflake convention.