By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys—which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas—contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. They staff female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.
Sun pours past window planters full of flowers, rippling across the handcrafted bowls and vases that line The Broken Mold?s canary-hued walls. Shelves and tables groan beneath an array of watercolors, acrylics, and oils. Artists seeking a workspace away from the narcissistic bowls of fruit that fill most homes practice their craft in The Broken Mold?s studios, and pupils of all levels build their skills by enrolling in lessons or by observing skilled studio potters. The Broken Mold sells and showcases the work of local artists with events throughout the year.
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Owners Patrick Pezzati and Chandra Hancock opened their first Turn It Up! store in 1995 and now oversee four Western Massachusetts locations of the Valley Advocate reader-approved music emporium. Physical media of all shapes and sizes lines store shelves, including rare and out-of-print CDs, vinyl, DVDs, cassettes, and VHS tapes, and customers can trade in their own collections in exchange for cash or a fully functioning kinescope. Music lovers can also peruse a collection of posters and accessories to assist in public displays of band devotion. Select locations host in-store performances by area musicians, providing more appealing background music than store poltergeists’ attempts at doo-wop harmonies.
Most popular offering: Original oil paintings
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Enjoy a hot beverage or snack while looking at the artwork.
The instructors at Falcetti Music are all accomplished musicians who share a passion for music. No matter the student's interest, whether it's classical, heavy metal, or anything in between, they work with students to cultivate talents and musical goals during lessons for guitar, drums, voice, piano, violin, saxophone, and bass guitar. The comprehensive lessons provide technical guidance and feedback to aspiring musicians in any style. When students are ready, the school presents them with opportunities to perform and compete in music festivals throughout New England.
A small staff of local artists lead two-hour painting workshops, where they give participants of all skill levels step-by-step instruction in blending backgrounds and building up foregrounds for a range of subjects. They teach attendees how to paint in the style of Van Gogh and Monet, emulating the artists' iconic masterpieces and high-school notebook doodles. The expression experts also impart the know-how to depict whimsical subjects such as an Adirondack sunset, swaying spring tulips, and a lady's cocked hat. Participants paint at communal tables in front of tall windows, which let in ample natural light. Though the studio hosts regular workshops, staffers also hold open-studio time daily and organize painting parties for a range of events, such as birthday celebrations, small-business gatherings, and discoveries of new colors. Studio staff keeps artists fueled with shared appetizer plates, as well as beer, wine, and non-alcoholic pours from an in-studio bar.