While spas often list eyelash extensions as part of their service menu, Extensions by Lindy focuses solely on lash enhancements to deliver comfortable, natural-looking results. During eyelash-extension sessions, a beauty professional adheres synthetic lashes individually to the original set using glue from Blink Lash Care that lasts up to six weeks, as long as clients will last in staring contests with their bolstered eye confidence. If properly cared for, the low-maintenance lashes eliminate the need for mascara.
In addition to applying eyelash extensions, the skilled staff uses its experience to train students during an in-depth certification course. Over the span of eight hours, professionals share tips on how to quickly apply synthetic lashes with precision. Fully immersed in the world of lashes, Extensions by Lindy even sells some lash implements on its website, including crystal-coat sealant and mascara wands that empower wizards to make anything beautiful but still itself.
Artist Marge Rosebrook creates spun-glass replicas of Latter-day Saints temples from around the globe, channeling 30 years of glass-working experience to perfect the crystalline sculptures. Drops and swoops of glass become recognizable versions of each temple, whether the originals are located in Albuquerque or in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The angel Moroni atop each can be coated in 18-karat gold upon request, and the various sculptures come in four sizes, including small temples that make excellent Christmas ornaments or wedding-cake toppers. Glass domes can encapsulate the temple and connect to walnut or mirrored bases to protect temples from dust and keep them sparkling.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece 7-10 days later.
In power since the 1970s, McCoard's family-owned garden center provides photosynthesis enthusiasts with locally grown plants and garden accessories straight from the grower. Visitors can weave their way under the hanging basket line and choose a flower basket from more than 900 blossomy possibilities ($26.99), accent their garden with ornamental grasses ($4.99), stock up on tasty vegetables ($1.89), or augment spice racks with an array of herbs ($2.99).
The DIY doyens at Jones Paint & Glass stock the store with an impressive array of wall hues and wood finishes to quench thirsty brushes and spruce up surfaces. Home-improvement projects, such as painting a bedroom or covering up graffiti left by a rebellious house cat, move forward with ease when homeowners wield a bucket of Ralph Lauren paint (around $45/gal.). Hawked in the New World since 1754, Devoe Regency paint (around $40/gallon) proffers a spectrum of interior and exterior tones, and Sikkens wood finish (around $43–$65/gal.) makes doors, baseboards, or peg legs gleam with a glossy, high-quality sheen.
The Soap Factory invites adults and kids to explore their senses through the creation of custom bath and beauty products. Visitors construct their very own soaps and body scrubs, concocting scents that appeal to them from a range of organic ingredients, essential oils, and other mix-ins. Of course, there's something to be said for variety, so The Soap Factory offers patrons a Soap of the Month Club to join. Members enjoy a delivery of two scrubs, two bars of soap, body lotion, and a little chocolate treat each month.