Piece of My Art coaxes internal artists out for a night of lady-only drinking and revelry, furnishing painting instruments and a choice from its stockpile of hundreds of pieces of pottery. Ladies saunter into classes armed with BYOB beverages and snacks, where they will share conversation and painting tips with up to 50 women. Add a chromatic splash to holiday gifts, such as a soap dish ($15), spoon rest ($15), or a Geometrix-divided candy dish ($15), or personalize ceramic table wear and household décor, adding pithy sayings to platters ($30–$40), or bedecking a large vase ($45) with surgeon-general's warnings concerning the health effects of flies landing in a venus fly trap. After pieces are fired in a kiln, guests can take their products home to use as precariously fragile frisbees.
Haven Art provides a blend of personalized instruction and open studio time, helping students young and old hone their skills in everything from pottery and stained glass to painting and drawing. Inside its 5,000-square-foot warehouse, the company conducts business among a collection of other studios, and an open floor plan enables creativity to flow freely on waves of inspiration or imaginary lava. For extra doses of motivation, visitors can step inside Haven Art's onsite gallery, which houses handmade pottery and jewelry crafted by local artists.
The friendly staff of Postersigns.com supplies businesses and individuals with an array of printing options, each executed with a professional gloss. Customers can commemorate cocktail-napkin doodles on heavyweight matte paper ($5.50/sq. ft.), or professionally mount any masterpiece on half-inch wood ($8/sq. ft.) or transfer a work of art-to-canvas ($8/sq. ft.). Glossy vinyl banners ($5.50/sq. ft.) can help parents welcome home prodigal sons or announce evictions of middle-aged ones, and cherished photos can find immortality with either photo gloss or matte ($12.87 for 17” x 22” heavyweight white paper). Keepsake seekers can laminate any worthy achievements ($3–$5.50/sq. ft. for various lamination types), and businesses and charities can get the word out with custom car magnets ($13.20) and striking yard signs ($28 for 18” x 24”) that are easily customized to attract homebuyers. Enhance holiday gift-giving by enlisting Postersigns.com to print custom reams of wrapping paper ($5/sq. ft.) to enshroud personalized gifts, such as monogramed bathrobes or insult-slinging siblings.
Boasting the largest selection of wines and spirits on Long Island, Young's features fermented grape juice from more than 15 countries and several hard-to-find liquors, from brandies to vodkas. Its abundant supply of French and Italian wines allows vino enthusiasts to choose the pick of the litter from the countries that have protected their vineyards with Tesla coils and deflector shields since the 12th century. Detect the ripe raspberries in the graceful Bois Martin Bordeaux Rouge ($19.99). European dismissers can choose wines from Chile, South Africa, Australia, or the smooth Luna Benegas cabernet ($13.99), produced from 60-year-old vines in Argentina. Celebrate American independence from King Arthur and his ruthless red-coated horses by sipping on the spicy, vanilla-tinged 2003 chardonnay ($11.99) from Washington's Columbia Crest. Imbibers searching for a non-grapey liquid can inspect Young's stock of spirits, such as Bushmills Black Bush Irish whiskey ($36.99), a dark-chocolate and raisin-based spirit, far tastier than mixing raisins, Hershey's bars, and boiling water in a bathtub.