At Bath Junkie, bathers prepare for beautification by customizing scrubs, soaks, and lotions with 18 tints and more than 200 fragrances including dirt, pumpkin, and lavender. The selection of bath-time trappings spans from phosphate-free bubble-bath crystals to lotions and creams ($15 for 6 oz.). Bath Junkie's products spurn animal cruelty and parabens and uplift skin with ingredients such as organic shea butter, aloe vera, unicorn tears, and vitamins A, D, and E. All of Bath Junkie's soothing sundries can be tweaked in both color and scent, allowing jars of exfoliating salt scrub ($30 large container, $17 small container) to match a bathroom's lilac color scheme or a nostril's freesia-friendly décor. While helping bath lovers reach sudsy serenity, Bath Junkie also lends a hand to the environment, offsetting its store's electricity-related carbon emissions by purchasing renewable energy credits.
The kiln clan staffing Paint on Pottery can stoke the creative flame behind any promising ceramateurs. Hundreds of white clay canvases festoon the shelves, strutting their attractive contours and elegant pouring potential for an inspired suitor. Give colorful life to small figurines ($8–$12) such as dragons, fairies, mermaids, or dolphins; paint a glib caffeine proverb on a mug ($13–$18); or spread your ideal meal onto one of the salad ($14–$18) or dinner plates ($16–$24), all of which are made food-safe. The price of your pottery includes access to Paint On Pottery's studio space, where paints, stamps, sponges, and stencils expand your creative possibilities and aid loyal artistic interpretations of smiley faces and legible cursive Z's. A friendly staff member will whisk away your tinted earthenware for firing upon completion, and in just a week it will be yours, ready to decorate a clay-deficient kitchen, act as a thoughtful gift to a terra cotta soldier, or con a condescending connoisseur on Antiques Roadshow.
Scrapbooks are commemorative collages that chronicle some of life's best memories, and Pictures In Time creates its own full PIT-kits with everything you need to display special events like birthdays ($9.99–$14.99), family vacations ($9.99–$12.99), sporting events ($9.99), and Grandma's wicked fastball. Each kit contains acid- and lignin-free supplies to ensure long-lasting photo health. Handy instructions are accompanied by a full-color photo of a finished layout to help you build your page. If your concept of scrapbooking is similar to a third grader intuitively doing quantum mechanics, just ask one of the friendly and knowledgeable staff members to help you navigate through the abundance of crafting inventory. Peruse the aisles of single products to create a custom-made scrapbook with in-store treasures.
Tobin Wagstaff has traveled quite an interesting path: he founded a nonprofit music school, and, in a turn of events profiled on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, hobnobbed with rock royalty Kiss. All the while, Studio Percussion has been teaching pupils to tickle the ivories, strum the guitar, drum up a storm, and sing their favorite tunes, whether they’re jazz ballads or traditional Klingon folk songs. The instructors—all of whom remain active in the industry—help to whisk their pupils into the limelight during performances at UF sporting events, city music festivals, homecoming parades, and even family jam nights, during which participants take turns reciting their ancestral lineage to music.
A part of Gainesville's bead scene for almost two decades, Gifts of Avalon stocks 2,500 square feet of jewelry-creation necessities as well as locally-crafted and imported pieces for purchase. Craft mavens and jewelry-making newcomers alike will find a rainbow explosion of beads lighting up walls and blanketing tables. Among the offerings fit to complement any epidermis are Swarovski crystal beads ($4 and up), fashionable carved gemstones ($4–$19), Czech seed beads (varying prices), and more. Further bling building blocks include an array of pliers and wire cutters ($8–$12), flexible stringing wire ($7.50–$18 for a 30’ spool), assorted needles ($2.25 for 4), and trade books. The expansive shop also stocks ready-to-wear pieces that make a hearty boon for gift buyers, modern-day fashionistas, and the relapsing spirit of Marie Antoinette.
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).