If a subject is art-related, chances are you can learn about it at Around the Corner Art Center. With a slate of teachers who specialize in working with specific age groups and art mediums, students can learn how to sketch or sew, hone their brush strokes, and construct mixed-media pieces. With all these disciplines under one roof, there is a class for everyone from children to college art students to adults. The staff's love of art even extends to the birthday parties they host, with artistic themes that may include recreating a famous painting or learning how to draw cartoons, anime, and manga.
One of the state's oldest on-site photo stores, Custom Photo and Framing offers a wealth of services for taking, preserving, and transferring treasured images. On-site experts develop film and turn digital files into prints, which can reside in custom-made frames or scurry in the nude as the wind whips against their bare pixels. Aside from printing and framing, technicians also transfer images to keepsakes, including mousepads, holiday ornaments, and dog bowls. Instructors teach aspiring shutterbugs the fundamentals of composition, color, and lighting through the digital travel-photography class, and sure-handed computers retouch and restore archived photographs. Video-to-DVD conversion and photo-digitalization services bring memories into the modern age via shiny, compact time capsules.
Along one wall of A Time To Kiln's studio, row upon row of blank ceramic bisques await aspiring artists. Forms range in size, shape, and functionality—from dinner plates to figurines—but all are open to the interpretation of the painter. After selecting a piece, visitors head to the lineup of colorful glazes and paints to pick a color scheme or overenthusiastically smell each one before taking a seat at one of the tables and setting out to create a masterpiece. In addition to paint-your-own pottery, the studio also offers glass fusing, as well as mosaic projects to create two-dimensional art.
For more than 88 years, the lamplighters at Capitol Lighting have illuminated homes with attractive fixtures in styles ranging from French country to Art Deco. More than 500,000 products, including bright lamps and bulbs from Corbett Lighting, Schonbek, Hudson Valley, and Savoy House, await their opportunity to banish darkness and beautify home spaces ranging from dining room ceilings to outdoor paths. Beyond bulbs in all shapes and sizes, Capitol also carries a vast selection of home accessories, such as hallway mirrors that give residents a final chance to ensure their antennas are hidden before leaving the house.
White Lotus Home bedecks abodes with a variety of natural and organic furnishings and accessories handmade in the United States. Each organic mattress—available in standard and custom sizes—buoys patrons atop 8–10 layers of U.S.-grown cotton, with most mattresses lasting 5–15 years, depending on how often they are used as settings for moon-landing reenactments. The cotton and wool mattress wraps its core of organically grown, harvested, and processed cotton with New Zealand virgin lamb's wool ($254 for a zabuton; $2,133 for a king-size mattress), which serves to repel dust mites while helping to regulate the body temperatures of its dozing owners. The gentle weave of a pure organic cotton blanket ($82 for a throw) banishes shivers, and handmade sets of organic cotton sateen sheets ($111 for a crib, $349 for a king) grace mattresses with a gentle embrace. Accessorize new linen ensembles without sewing diamonds into pillowcases by enlisting natural furniture such as solid-wood nightstands ($393 for the Pac Rim Classic).
Roberts Florals owners Mark Froehlich and Doug Otrimski each have more than 30 years of experience in floral design. Inside their bloom-filled shop, they craft bouquets that reflect each client's personal tastes. Patrons can also browse their selection of fragrant candles, gourmet chocolate, and other gifts.