A smorgasbord of handcrafted ingenuity, Haus Fortuna provides an eclectic assortment of inimitable products from local and international artisans. Strap on a dual-pocketed cargo apron, constructed from yam-dried herringbone twill ($33.99), before arming hygienic hands with one of Cucina's multifragranced cleaning products ($11.99–$44.99), perfect for degunking kitchen counters, dishes, and food-strewn pets.
Scribbles and Giggles started in founder Lisa Russell's garage in 1986 as a way to teach local children how to create art. Over time the business grew, and it now hosts classes in a three-building campus with a garden and play area. Classes help kids create 3D sculptures, illustrations, and paintings.
Alex Leader’s namesake glass-blowing outfit aims to equip curious artists with the tools and guidance to craft their own handmade glass art pieces. Alex relies on thousand-year-old techniques and skills learned during his two decades of experience to assist students as they create their own blown vases, ornaments, and bowls. Prior to starting on a masterpiece, students can glean inspiration inside the master craftsman’s showroom, where he displays his own collection of artisanal bowls and lighting fixtures.
Two literature-loving founders tuck thousands of new and used titles into heavy wooden shelves at Readers' Books. Browse new copies of contemporary fiction titles such as Philip Roth's Nemesis ($26 in hardcover) and The Glass Castle ($15 in paperback) by Jeannette Walls. Other specialties include poetry, food and wine books, and children's literature, an ideal match for eccentric child gourmands who speak only in rhyme. Most new books sell at list price, with a selection of titles at discounts of up to 40% off regular prices. Used volumes that average about half their list prices eagerly wag bindings in the hopes of attracting a loving new owner. While stock varies daily, customers may uncover gently used word art such as Lucky ($6) by Alice Sebold and On Gold Mountain ($8) by Lisa See, both in paperback.
At Cheveux Salon, a team of highly trained stylists rents chairs and trades inspiration while clipping, coloring, and styling locks. The team includes owner Sharna Haver, a stylist with over 20 years of experience, as well as graduates of academies such as Vidal Sassoon, Redken Exchange, Paul Mitchell, and Unite. They stock their stations with favorite products, including sprays, shampoos, gels, and clown-wig glue by Redken, Agadir Argan Oil, and Wella Professional.
Beneath the high ceilings of Cast Away & Folk's modern craft shop, towering shelves overflow with bundles of color-coordinated yarn and fabric. Cobblers' tool shelves, iron baby bathtubs, and even a dingy retired from its maritime duties catch the runoff, creating a homey space peppered with vibrant colors for a distinctly bohemian feel.
At the center of this eclectic and cleanly designed space, customers can recline and survey how-to books or familiarize themselves with the supplies for one of Cast Away & Folk's staff-taught classes. Though the calendar implies a steady buzz of activity, the shop's proprietor doesn't stop there.