Most people don't get business calls from Walt Disney World. But, two decades ago, Glass Addicts owner Denise Hurley received just that—along with a request to design and build Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa's carousel horse. In the years since, orders have continued to pour in from Kohl's, The Mirage hotel, and other businesses and collectors seeking Hurley's Tiffany-style stained-glass and art-glass designs. Hurley also builds masterpieces on a smaller scale, restoring and repairing customers’ already existing pieces and building custom panes for homes and offices. Intent on sharing her talent with others, Hurley teaches classes on formats ranging from mosaic picture frames to stepping stones to dentists' mirrors overlaid with your favorite Metallica album covers. No previous experience is necessary, as classes accommodate beginners and master artists alike. Sessions take place in spacious, well-lit rooms filled with materials, and students and customers can study from books inspired by Hurley's designs or observe the installment skills of her professional staff.
Feel Golf Co.'s putting pros pressure cast clubs from specially formulated metals, forging responsive swing sticks suitable for players of all handicaps. The accent stripe on each Lee Miller Signature QPQ wedge ($129.99) is color-coded according to the club's loft so that players can quickly pick the right stick to smack a ball out the rough or fend off a bear attack on the ninth hole. Browse the rest of the well-balanced wedges, or pick up a ceramic putter to bump balls with less backspin. Alternately, slide a full-release grip ($35.99–$39.99) onto an existing stick to shift a handhold from palm to fingers, boosting driver swing speed up to 8 miles per hour and inspiring jealous glares from Learjets.
Maid for Quality Cleaning's professional home cleaning frees house dwellers from the burden of maintaining a dirt-free domicile. During the cleaning session, which lasts up to three hours, expert interior washers tend to the kitchen, bathroom, living room, hallway, staircase, and bedrooms, authoritatively scrubbing the toilet, polishing wood surfaces, and purging carpets of their crumbs. Maid for Quality Cleaning runs background and drug checks on all employees, also ensuring that they're fully insured and have demonstrated their ability to perform expert three-point turns with the vacuum cleaner. In addition, the company uses green cleaning products, treating homes and the environment with the tenderness usually reserved for newborn babies and retired sumo wrestlers.
Staring at a blank piece of paper can be intimidating, but browsing the blank, pre-made pottery at Hot Pots draws hibernating creativity from its den, enticing the brain with shape, size, and bisque meat. Pieces, such as plates, mugs, banks, and more, range in price between $3 and $40, with most less than $20. Grab a blank plate and paint a meal upon it, stencil a cup with springtime flowers, or bestow an anthropomorphic teapot with lips to give it the gift of speech. No matter what you slather lovingly in paint, the friendly staff at Hot Pots will have your masterpiece glazed, fired, and cooling on the windowsill in around seven to 10 days.
Steeping each of its locations in colonial Boston-style interior design, Boston Coffeehouse serves a modern slew of specialty drinks, deli-fresh fare, and all-day breakfast items. For starters, munch on mango salsa salad, a leafy medley of mango salsa, dried cranberries, almonds, onions, and cucumbers slathered with mandarin ginger dressing ($5.89). Tender rotisserie chicken—served with baby arugula greens, red onions, and sun-dried tomato mayo on a pretzel bun—mollycoddles midday masticators ($6.50), and a french toast breakfast panini eases groggy taste buds awake after a long night or an afternoon nap with fresh egg, cheese, and ham sandwiched between slices of french toast ($3.50). Pair your choice of various Danish pastries, muffins, or croissants ($1.75) with a 12-ounce espresso ($1) or a specialty drink such as the Yankeedoodle, a mocha-based coffee concoction that features caramel, hazelnut, and macaroni feathers ($2.75/12-ounce), or the Nutty Irish Lady, which starts with espresso and expands into a whipped cream-topped comfort drink with flavors of cherry, Irish crème, and hazelnut ($2.75/12-ounce).
As dusk descends on the Central Florida Zoo grounds, live DJs lure magicians, stilt walkers, and fire dancers out of the shadows of the HorrorscapeS Macabre Carnival to imbue the evening with an ethereal aura. Guests can discover future trends in vampire-novel sales at the fortuneteller booth, and ward off the undead at the zombie shooting gallery. The evening also veers toward risqué realms, with burlesque performers and a Sexy Costume Fashion Show that melds sexy with spooky. Attendees flaunt chill-inducing ensembles at the costume contest, and carnival fare tunnels toward bellies with the help of beer and other spirits. Additionally, guests can tote home a HorrorscapeS Relish the Fear DVD that intersperses shots of fog-laced graveyards with even more terrifying shots of Mr. Freeze's air-conditioning bill.