We are a full-service bead store offering beads from around the world, locally made artisan glass beads, and quality findings. We have classes in bead jewelry making, silversmithing, and flamework glass. Our boutique includes locally made and fairtrade jewelry and accessories, clothing, and original art.
Your Gold Sold buys precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum direct from the public. The business directly supports the Howard Academy for the Metal Arts, to which it is affiliated. We pay some of the highest prices for metals in the US, and pride ourselves on our fair and scrupulous business practices.
Shockey Jewelers encompasses much more than the decades that have passed since its founding in 1933. It encompasses three generations, contemporary custom designs, and antique treasures from Elgin and beyond. Indeed, owner and GIA Graduate Gemologist Peter Shockey not only stocks pocket watches from Elgin Watch Co.?which crafted timepieces from 1867 to 1953?but he travels the world finding gems and heirlooms to feature in his store, making it a go-to spot for adding sparkle to an evening ensemble or a really fancy pair of overalls.
Yet Shockey's shop goes well beyond even earrings and necklaces. Its service center is where jewelry goes to get repaired, and its aficionados are who people see to learn about the four C's of diamond selection?carat weight, clarity, color, and cut?as well as pearls, rubies, and emeralds.
Claudia's Closet swathes men, women, and teens in upscale, name-brand resale apparel with an emphasis on accouterments for special occasions. Shoes, suits, dresses, and purses wink enticingly from their racks, flaunting labels such as Marc Jacobs, Ann Taylor, and Dooney & Bourke. Pull on a pair of pants ($6–$26) and a T-shirt ($5–$25) or replace woolen long johns with a Betsy Johnson summer dress and gales of sunny laughter ($22). A purse from Coach ($35) awaits the perfect formal dress to sweep it away through chic boardwalks and avenues ($30–$75). Meanwhile, men look dapper in a Ralph Lauren shirt ($9), dapperer in a Nautica suit with pants and a coat ($35), and dapperest in Batman's breastplate.
A 7,100-square-foot sculpture garden is only the tip of the iceberg at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. In fact, the garden is also the tip of the museum?it?s on the facility?s roof. Designed by Cesar Pelli, the sprawling building encompasses an eclectic array of modern works, including a 5,000-item permanent collection that incorporates pieces ranging from Frida Kahlo?s works to John Coplans? black-and-white self portrait, which shows only his feet.
A rotating lineup of temporary exhibits complements the permanent core, and a regular event schedule features films, talks, and performance by masters of their craft. Visitors can browse art books and craft jewelry in the museum store, where all purchases support artists and designers.
At Catalyst, multi-triathlon veterans and those who are formulating a workout regimen for the first time can equip themselves with stylish-yet-durable shoes, apparel, and accessories. A carefully selected inventory of popular brands, such as The North Face, Adidas, New Balance, Timex, and Pearl Izumi, outfit men and women looking to pump up their athletic performance or personal appearance. A Barefoot Hybrid Eco mat helps yogis practice poses in comfort ($30), and an Alo Yoga Refresh tank top ($36) wicks sweat off each stretcher’s skin as quickly as a dog licking up spilled hot-dog juice. An avid outdoorsman can stave off the shivers on a cool night with a lightweight Mountain Hardware Onata jacket ($100), and joggers can pound the pavement in fashionable Saucony Progrid Ride running shoes ($95) while sporting a Sweaty Bands headband ($15), which will allow them to focus straight ahead rather than on a pursuing hive of bees.