When Mimi’s Crafts was founded in 1995, two dreams were fulfilled: Mimi turned her hobby of molding clay and painting ceramics into a full-time business, and her husband got his garage back. The walls of Mimi’s studio flaunt more than 1,500 blank ceramics, the vast majority of which were made in store. During pottery-painting sessions, visitors let their artistic instincts run wild as they daub figurines with scintillating paints, before their completed designs are immortalized in a fiery kiln. The studio’s experts stay on hand to offer helpful tips on stenciling, arranging color combinations, and forging Michelangelo’s signature. Aside from pottery-painting sessions, Mimi’s Crafts also hosts classes in the arts of glass fusing, clay molding, and acrylic painting.
The Quilt Place's 8,000-square-foot quilting emporium lures stitchers of all skill levels with more than 10,000 bolts of fabric and a wide variety of patterns, books, and kits. Pick up quilting accessories and fabrics from name-brand designers, including Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller, Benartex, and RJR. The 45 mm rotary cutter ($29.95) slices through fabrics like Edward Scissorhands during a vivid nightmare. To add a patch of decadence to cloth-bound projects, the Michael Miller brick print ($9.25/yd.) features classic red-brick patterns, and the Wilmington Delicate Romance ($10.50/yd.) boasts muted floral roses and butterflies, which can double as an invisibility cloak during spring camping trips.
The photo-transfer techs at MetalPixs have the technology to rebuild fragile paper-based photos into sleek metallic keepsakes, printed on a sturdy aluminum surface. High-resolution scanners recapture the colors, lines, and imprisoned souls of traditional prints before they're enlarged. For photos in need of enhancing, MetalPixs will remove redeye, balance color, and correct brightness and contrast gratis if asked nicely at checkout. MetalPixs ships pics for free, and guarantees a 100% refund if customers are unsatisfied.
With two locations, an accommodating staff of floral designers and artists, and more than 30 years in the business, Crafts & Stuff has carved out a respected place in the Palm Beach arts-and-crafts community. Art and craft supplies range from Prismacolor markers to jewelry-making kits, and share shelf space with an array of wedding accouterments. Nearlyweds can rent custom floral pieces and artists can bring in their glitter and macaroni masterpieces to be immortalized by custom framers who ply their trade on site.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Us Weekly reports on the most glamorous aspects of celebrity culture and Hollywood lifestyles, enticing readers with exclusive photos and insight into the lives of stars. The weekly magazine dishes the latest gossip, from hookups and breakups to celebs? wise and foolish fashion choices. Readers can also glean tips on beauty and style.