Experienced art instructors at Vino2VanGogh guide fledgling students through three-hour painting productions within the inviting walls of a cavernous, trendy studio. The studio supplies artistic equipment, gourmet cheese trays, wine openers, ice buckets, and glasses, though students should bring their own wine and Fun Dip snacks. Students follow seasoned painters as they walk through step-by-step painting processes, and a Bose sound system serenades them with the dulcet melodies of Pandora radio. The studio recommends arriving to classes 20 minutes early to mingle with fellow classmates or to warm up creative muscles with rigorous lunges.
The Ukraine, 1914. Sam Braslau, the son of a miller, has saved enough money to immigrate to America. When he arrives, he peddles clothing from a horse-drawn buggy to earn the money to send for his brothers. In 1925, the brothers open the first Braslau’s—a dry-goods store. In 1927, the brothers expand their scope, adding furniture to their inventory. With this decision, they ensure that their name would stay on the lips of design-minded homeowners for the rest of their lives and beyond.
Today, Braslau's Fine Home Furnishings has evolved into a 70,000-square-foot furniture showroom, where Blake Breslau continues to hone his family’s accumulated knowledge and experience in the furniture industry. Inside, customers browse desks, chairs, sofas, and dinettes from brands such as Ashley Furniture, Broyhill, Klaussner Home Furnishings, and LaCrosse. In the sleep center, mattresses from Sealy, Simmons, and Tempur-Pedic promise the perfect night’s sleep, or the perfect testing ground for amateur trampoline routines.
Like many happy tales, Diamond Candles’ story begins with two people madly in love with each other. David, having used all of his savings to purchase a diamond ring for his wife Brenda on their anniversary, was in the grocery store on the hunt for a gift bag in which to stow it. Having no luck, he scooped up a candle as an additional present and headed out of the store. As Dave walked back to his car, a strange idea popped into his head: what if there was a way to hide the ring inside the candle, so it would be revealed by the slow melting of the wax? In 2010, Dave and Brenda founded Diamond Candles to finally make Dave's daydream a reality. From the beginning, the duo has built their business on earth-friendly practices: they make their wax with soybeans grown by local farmers, and handcraft each candle using cotton wicks. Nestled within each glowing pillar, a ring worth anywhere between $10 and $5,000 waits to surprise the gift recipient with its eye-catching glimmer and ability to summon flocks of friendly magpies. Besides the hidden bangles, each candle also fills rooms with a strong scent in aromas such as honeysuckle or Fresh Snow.
Posted 2 miles away from the historic Lexington Battle Green, the staff at Armstrong Flag Company take pride in the stars and stripes. The company specializes in American flags, made in the United States with domestic materials, and also has a vast selection of flags for countries all over the globe. Novelty flags unfurl and run up flagpoles to pay homage to sports teams and political views. Sports memorabilia, such as kitchenware, decorations, tailgating gear, and game-worn mascot collars, rounds out the selection for die-hard NFL, MLB, and NCAA fans.