Lauded for its inimitable art scene set against a stunning desert-dotted backdrop, Santa Fe might be the the ideal place to hold an art fair. Peppered with works from some of its 240 city galleries and pieces from international exhibitors, Art Santa Fe—now in its 13th year—expands on the city's proud tradition to showcase some of its most striking opuses alongside works by exhibitors from such far-flung locales as Madison, Wisconsin and Osaka, Japan. Visitors mingle with artists and art dealers while perusing gallery exhibits and art installations, all of which leads to a greater appreciation of the perfectly parallel yellow lines painted masterfully on many of America's highways. All tickets include admission to demonstrations of hanji papermaking by a Korean expert and monotype printing by a graphic artist.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Fresh Cup Frozen Yogurt does its part to keep Austin weird. A mural by a local artist graces a light yellow wall, and the fro-yo itself bursts with creative flavors. The constantly rotating selection includes tart yogurts such as green apple, mango, and green tea as well as sweet options such as dulce de leche, cinnamon bun, and red velvet cake. Once each customer has loaded up a cup, they add the tasty weight of more than 50 fruit, candy, and other toppings to their frosty concoction. Though that might sound decadent, the treats are health-friendly. Non-fat, sugar-free, and dairy-free options abound, and all yogurts include live and active cultures to contribute to healthy digestive and immune systems.
Recently featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Vanessa Williams founded The Flawless Group to free up time for busy folks through luxury-concierge and mobile-spa services. As a concierge, Vanessa can take care of day-to-day errands including arranging travel plans, picking up the dry cleaning, and chauffeuring clients around town in a luxury car or adult-size stroller. As a licensed aesthetician, her spa services can take the edge off of workaday stress with massage therapy, meditation, and facials. Whether an individual, corporate entity, or educational institution, each of Vanessa's clients saves time and might become superhuman.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
Not Made in China’s instructional pottery studio schools prospective potters in the basics of ceramic creation. Patrons can grab a friend, lover, or beloved dental hygienist for a 2- to 2.5-hour group class and unleash their creative potential by crafting one-of-a-kind home décor or custom serve-ware, or memorialize an up-and-coming claymation starlet. The studio proffers all of the necessary supplies for artisans to mold vases, bowls, and figurines by hand or atop a potter’s wheel to the rhythm of a heartfelt pop ballad. Upon completion of the class, each student's best piece is glazed and fired in the studio’s kiln, and ready for pickup about two weeks later. Attendees should plan to wear old clothes and shoes they don’t mind getting dirty.