Pic-N-Paint Pottery invites aspiring and amateur artists to decorate provided pottery using a variety of vibrant paints and tools in a fun, creative atmosphere. Single out your makeover victim from Pic-N-Paint's vast selection of ceramic pieces before choosing an already made design or delicately drawing your own detailed Vermeer replica. After slathering your sculpture in one of more than 60 underglazes, you can continue pointing your pigment-laden brush in any way your heart, mind, or hand's own mind fancies. If you find yourself artistically exhausted, ask one of the helpful staff members for ideas before handing your creation off for firing. After seven days, your nascent piece emerges from its kiln-fueled cocoon, transformed into an adult work of art and ready to come home, feed the kids, and attend PTA meetings.
A parade of fixtures from brands such as Kohler, Moen, and Grohe tempts kitchen and bath savants at The Somerville Showroom. An Aqueous single-hole bathroom faucet shoots a steady flow of water into waiting basins ($111.07), and a Kohler Cachet elongated toilet seat snaps off easily to be cleaned or used as an emergency Frisbee ($59.30). Alternately, a polished chrome Kohler Flipside showerhead caresses soul cases with four different flavors of spray—a traditional shower, a dense and drenching spa mist, a pulsating water massage, and a circular-patterned spray ($95.30). Homeowners can also bring along detailed plans of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, and knowledgeable staff members can advise which faucet finishes will complement countertops or pink-and-red Hello Kitty color schemes.
The renovation specialists at Elegance Cabinets help clients create their ideal kitchens. They start by providing samples–either at the showroom or inside the customer's home–that will help clients determine their desired cabinet style and configuration. After an aesthetic has been chosen, specialists inspect and measure every square inch of the existing kitchen, charting the space and noting how many units will be needed and how many secret tunnels have to be sealed. Next, they head to the drawing board where they'll draft up an installation plan. Once that's complete, the client will receive a detailed blueprint of the space along with a 3D mock-up that provides a preview of what the room will look like in the coming weeks. Finally, they'll install dream kitchens and haul away the old and busted cabinets that have now become obsolete.
Only fair-trade, shade-grown organic coffee is roasted in-house at High Grounds, where a brand-new roaster transforms beans into liquid treats using dark magic. Percolate each morning with a two-shot latte ($3.66), or buzz through the day with a regular drip coffee ($1.54). Adding to the aromatic drinks is the pungent scent of free high-speed WiFi, which permeates the air and creates the ideal atmosphere for studying or grabbing a latte before work. As a testament to its quality, High Grounds' house-roasted coffee can also be found out of house in retail outlets such as Whole Foods.
The crackle of Fireside Hearth & Home's fireplaces have filled the soundscapes of households across the country for more than 60 years. Today, their well-stocked showrooms feature a variety of advanced gas, electric, and wood-burning models from top designers such as Quadra-Fire, Heat & Glo, and Heatilator. In addition to fireplaces and accessories, they offer a number of decorative surrounds and mantels built with stone, wood, or casted material to gussy up any new or existing hearth. At attractive display areas fashioned to look like natural household settings, attentive staffers stand by to answer any questions, offer installation guidelines, or share tips on repelling pesky Santas.