Brimming with colorful bolts of fabric, carefully looped skeins of yarn, and rows of sewing provisions, Save A Thon Stores have been supplying New Yorkers with quality crafting necessities since 1973. With fabrics ranging from basic denim to upscale jacquard upholstery cloth from around the world, the shop showcases a range of patterned designs that can be crafted into cozy quilts or a signal to a passing ship that it would have looked better in plaid. Coils of lace ribbons and tubs of colorful beads add a decorative finishing touch to projects, which can be undertaken at home or under the tutelage of the shop's expert crafters during regular sewing classes, while upholstery classes teach students upholstery basics. The teachers are also experts in the Wilton method of cake decorating and can help students artfully embellish cakes and cupcakes with fondant, tiny decorations, and tiny brides and grooms on a dessert destination wedding.
FruitFlowers’ unique edible bouquets delight eyes and stomachs in equal measure, arranging bright, daisy-shaped pineapple slices with cantaloupe centers and skewers of chocolate-dipped strawberries into reusable baskets and vases. Founders Susan Ellman and Ellen Davis began arranging slices of fresh fruit into floral shapes in 1984, working from their home kitchens. Since then, their artistic take on the fruit basket has become a popular way of both snacking and decorating, and their business has spread across the nation, much like the shadow cast by Godzilla as he crosses the ocean.
For more than 20 years, Eye Care Optical’s staffers have been greeting Ridgewood-area customers with smiles that may initially be a bit blurry but soon become 20/20 sharp. Amid the store’s warm orange walls, shelves display eyeglass and sunglass frames from designer brands including Jaguar, Ray-Ban, and Prada. Dr. Gosset, the store’s onsite optician, examines eyes carefully before writing a prescription for glasses or contact lenses, after which skilled technicians take over, creating traditional eyewear in roughly one hour and three-eyed cosmic glasses in about 90 minutes.
Nicla DiCosmo has an eye for recreating the boho-chic lifestyle and vintage looks from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and her partner, Michel Bezoza, thrives on inspiration from tattoo culture and the rock ‘n’ roll scene. Together, the two founders of Gypsy Warrior curate a boutique collection with New York edge that stays abreast of the latest styles and includes brand-new pieces and vintage treasures. Nicla draws on her experience at Ford Models as she scouts vintage dresses and blouses, and Michel spots new trends before they go viral. The result is a dynamic blend of chiffon and floral frocks, leather jackets, and accessories gussied up with metal studs, fringe, and feathers.
Giavan, Inc. was started as a small husband-and-wife operation back in 1973 by Bill and Harriet Albanese. Designing and assembling the jewelry themselves, the two distributed the pieces to independent retailers across New Jersey. Soon, business was booming, and today Giavan distributes its sparkly jewelry and accessories to bridal stores and boutiques across the United States and Canada. Collections center on bridal tiaras, evening bags, and beautiful hand-beaded necklaces.
Couture Craft Studios' owner, Jaime, has what she calls a ?deep-rooted love of all things DIY." She founded the studio as a way of working on her own craft projects and helping others complete theirs. Each day of the week, Couture offers classes and workshops with revolving themes, teaching participants how to create everything from party decorations to patriotic tutus. Afterschool programs and summer camps impart crafting skills to the 12-and-under set.