Imparting crafty knowledge since 1968, the imagination mavens at Beverly’s supply and enhance hands-on projects with a surplus of glueable provisions and a cornucopia of fabrics. Jazz up dreary household items such as old throw pillows or Junior's collection of rare autographed baseballs with Kona solid cottons by the yard ($5.99). Quilters can stitch together decorative coverings for monster trucks with cotton quilting fabric ($9.99/yd.) and a wide selection of remnant fleece ($6.97/yd.). Serious stitchers can also revivify old windows or gussy up the neighborhood ghost with decorator tapestries by the yard ($9.97).
For Fresh Ideas owner Derik Bakker, flowers are more than just petals and stems. “They stir something,” he explains. “It’s not a ream of paper or a T-shirt. It’s something far more personal.” That stirring is why, three times a week, Bakker’s team pilots a refrigerated truck more than 100 miles to pluck the freshest farm-grown coastal buds. Directly sourcing flowers allows Fresh Ideas to keep prices down and also increases its flexibility when filling orders. Bakker can provide hundreds of flowers in bulk to clients 50 miles away while still handcrafting small floral arrangements for locals.
The unique nature of Bakker’s business also allows for a more personal interaction with clients. Unlike larger companies that are forced to interrelate with impersonal 1-800 numbers, Fresh Ideas staffs floral specialists who go over colors with clients, offering suggestions. They can even special order out-of-season flowers from as far away as South America or the secret NASA greenhouses on the moon.
This attentiveness has made the company a popular arrangement source for area restaurants and markets, and anyone who sets foot on the grounds can see that Bakker's passion runs deep. He and his 17-year-old daughter––coincidentally named Sarah Rose––have spent the last year planting seeds by hand in their own onsite sunflower garden. He tells those who ask that they grew the blooms "the old-fashioned way"—the same way he's grown his business.
Bouquets bursting with Ecuadorian roses and purple azaleas tug at olfactory heartstrings as Flower Studio owner and expert designer Jorge Ortega nips, clips, and arranges flowers to spruce up homes or celebrate special occasions. The studio’s gift shop delights planners and brides-to-be with its stock of cakes, bouquets, and professional snapshots courtesy of an in-house photographer. Hand-selected bunches of daisies and chrysanthemums send hearts aflutter on holidays and anniversaries, and colorful arrangements of man-eating flytraps commemorate Boss Appreciation Day. Plush white furniture lines the studio’s interior, where a complimentary dessert bar pacifies taste buds jealous of their fellow sensory receptors.
For more than half a century, the glass technicians at Don?s Mobile Glass have repaired and replaced windows for homes, cars, and businesses. Founder Don Monaco started the company when he replaced the back glass on a 1959 Chevy two-door hardtop?the first undertaking of an enterprise that now replaces more than 13,000 windshields each year. The business has also expanded into the residential and commercial window sectors, thanks to a reputation for prompt service and doing the job right the first time.
Melinda Stevens founded Van Gogh and Vino in order to combine her two passions: painting and teaching. She leads upbeat painting sessions at some of the area's best restaurants to create a relaxing, yet upscale atmosphere for participants to unwind and explore their creative sides. Whether attending as a group or making new friends, students can enjoy the laidback lessons as well as food and drink from that night's host restaurant.
Seven indoor lanes rated for pistols
Transparent Lexan dividers
High-powered lighting for each lane
Modern exhaust system
At a Glance
Barnwood Arms strives to create a hub for the local community of hunters and firearms enthusiasts. In addition to its indoor shooting range, the facility includes a retail section with firearms, accessories, and staff members eager to offer their professional insight. The cozy, lodge-like space?complete with stuffed and mounted trophies?features displays of handguns and rifles, and a separate room contains a varied selection of gun safes.