The Cup Cakery's sugar mavens custom-bake lavish cupcakes, tiered delights, and all manner of cakes to order. A gourmet cupcake is perfect for swaying the judge in a bribery trial ($2/each), and a dozen hot-fudge sundae cupcakes can unite the entire jury ($21). Bakers layer cake upon cake to create tiered sweets ($45+) for bridal showers, baby showers, and meteor showers. The shop also stocks rentable cupcake tree stands and silver cake bases to display sweets ($10–$30 plus deposit), as well as chocolate suckers, cookies, and brownies to broaden confectionary diversity. Home bakers can stock up on baking supplies such as icing emulsions, satin fondant, candles, and a plethora of decorations ($0.99–$17.99).
With federally licensed flight instructors, quality ground facilities, and well-maintained aircraft, Tri-State's flight school provides a stable base for serious students or an enabling experience for those simply following mankind's innate urge to fly. Amateur aviators spend the first half of the lesson on the ground learning the principles of flight, including basic aerodynamics and how the craft works. Before takeoff students assist in the preflight inspection, then help check the weight and balance to ensure the plane is in shape to fly and has finished its vegetables. During flight, students will be allowed to briefly take the controls and pilot the plane, and then review their voyage in a postflight debrief.
Knit Witts Yarn Shoppe's cozy hub bursts at the seams with a full lineup of yarn and knitting accessories, and plays host to several thread-themed classes. During the one-hour Knit Now class, aspiring knitters practice fundamentals with friendly instruction from one of Knit Witts' stitch masters. After receiving complimentary needles, a resource booklet, and yarn, wool wielders create starting loops with the basic cast-on, and learn the ancient art of knit and purl stitches before finishing a dishcloth to bring home after the last class. Students also learn to distinguish the various types of yarn used for different patterns and projects, and instructors shed light on the hidden world of yarn-label abbreviations.
The nationally certified professional dry cleaners at Don's Claytons have been removing mustard spots from neckties and mud stains from trousers since the Eisenhower administration. Using a patented DCI cleaning process, fabric-care experts remove grime and gravy from your shirts (around $2.48), pants (starting at $6.22), suits (around $12.47), dresses, and spats using solvents that clean without corroding fabric. They'll tackle household textiles as well, from duvets to doilies to handsewn refrigerator cozies.
Refusing to sit back in cushiony comfort after the success of its world-famous recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has grown into a diverse purveyor of quality sofas, chairs, and tables. Customers can crawl into the arms of an endearing loveseat (starting at $549), as a way to rebel against the arms of a controlling body pillow, or stretch out in motion sofas (starting at $799) and sleeper sofas (starting at $849) for more versatile body bolstering. La-Z-Boy is an environmentally conscientious company, practicing waste and water reduction as well as recycling throughout its manufacturing process and offering an eco-friendly line of fabrics and cushions. La-Z-Boy frequently contributes chairs and sofas to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
At Fired Up! you can enjoy the thrill of personalized, handmade pottery without the fuss of actual hand-dirtying clay manipulation. Inside, adults ($7) and children ($5) can decorate premade ceramics, picking the perfect piece from a premade selection of mugs, platters, wine glasses, teapots, figurines, and more ($4–$50). Select the proper utensils to paint, stencil, and sponge imagery that's wildly innovative, beautiful, or commemorates the ancient Athenian victory at Marathon onto pottery ready to be filled with flowers, pencils, or wishes. Decoration usually takes one to two hours. Pick up liquid-repellant and dishwasher-safe pottery a week later, and you may see your artwork displayed inside the studio's menagerie of adorable kiln-fried critters.