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.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Brett Hirsch has studied advanced treatments to restore lush heads of hair to men and women. Among the most advanced treatments he performs, NeoGraft hair-transplant therapy reduces the recovery time and scarring of traditional hair therapies. A completely noninvasive option, low-level laser therapy attempts to bolster the growth of thicker, more robust hairs by promoting blood flow to the scalp. More dramatically, Sensigrafts, Virtuesse, and Reallusions hair-restoration treatments outfit sparse scalps with realistic locks available in many colors, textures, and rainbow-fro styles.
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).
Wireless Wizard, an AT&T-authorized dealer, peddles cell phones and accessories alongside a slew of wireless plans. Flip phones, smartphones, touch phones, and Blackberrys comprise a diverse stock of newfangled walkie-talkies, such as the Pantech Crossover smartphone ($29.99 with two-year plan; $399.99 without) or the Samsung A197 ($39.99), a GoPhone saddled with $15 worth of prepaid minutes. Garnish phones with accessories such as a car charger ($29.99) or a Blackberry gel cover ($19.99), which protects backs of phones from dings and bee stings in bright colors and styles. Customers can commit to long-term wireless communication with an individual, family, or data plan, or commit to non-commitment with a pay-as-you-go plan.
The wireless provider industry changes quickly, but Arch Telecom keeps up by giving both technicians and front-line employees continual training. The extra effort shows: enthusiastic testimonials from clients cite employees' patient technical support for two seniors who were far from tech-savvy, as well as a staffer staying well beyond closing time to ensure a business's new phone lines were set up properly.
Vera Auvil's passion in life has always been cultivating knick-knacks and odds-and-ends—her "sweet nothings," as her husband used to say—so when the opportunity to purchase her own store came her way, she knew she wanted to fill its shelves and aisles with her favorite little things: clothes, jewelry, home décor, and makeup. She christened the shop Auvil's Sweet Nothings and set to work cultivating local artisans and national vendors who proffer goods such as De Novo, Waterford crystal, and Yellow Box Shoes. The skilled staffers at her vendor-based store can even help clients brighten smiles with Beaming White teeth-whitening services, make-over mugs with Jane Iredale cosmetics, and learn to cheat during shopping-cart races.