Stamper's, Ink celebrates the wondrous world of design with a vast array of tools and classes for creating handmade cards, customized business stamps, and artistically altered books and binders. The store boasts a supply of more than 35,000 different rubber stamps—enough material to suit the needs of the most avid scrapbooker or send a midlevel clerk in the state agriculture department into a rapturous swoon. An arsenal of Tim Holtz craft products, glitter accents, adhesives and cardstock pairs with scissors, stencils, and jewelry to equip hobbyists for any endeavor. An ever-evolving schedule of craft classes teaches students a variety of skills, from making decorated recipe pages to adorable canvas houses.
The thousands of unpainted pottery pieces that line Walls Of Clay’s walls are each blank canvases for painters’ creative designs. Pottery in shapes like plates, heart-shaped tiles, and animal figurines wait for the studio's provided brushes and paints to bring them to life. Once decorated, the pottery pieces spend time in the studio’s kiln, where under the watchful eye of Walls Of Clay staffers, their paint jobs become permanent, like a dishwasher-safe tattoo.
In addition to a wide array of crafting supplies, Harper's Fabric & Quilt Company offers fun-filled classes that impart all manner of needlecraft fundamentals. Needle-and-thread beginners will work their way through a series of three classes before emerging triumphantly with a completed project in tow. An introductory sewing class spans 2.5 hours, during which the experienced seamstresses furnish students with the basics necessary to sew simple projects and quilts made of Microsoft stock on their own. After the introductory class, needle-wielding students can then sign up for a series of two project classes, unleashing their newfound chops on either a skirt or a tote bag. Spread out across several weeks, the classes are scheduled at various times on weekdays and weekends, allowing for plenty of between-class downtime for practice at home and so fingers can fully digest the delicious cornucopia of techniques.
Yarn Shop and More unspools a snuggly superabundance of fine yarns alongside an array of knitting and crocheting supplies, notions, books, and a lineup of technique-based classes. Embark on woolly adventures in tutorials such as Knitting 101—Knit and Purl or Knitting 102—Oops–Knitting Disaster, which teach the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, and repairing rookie mistakes with forgiving aplomb ($25 each). For hardy needle-wielders, private-session classes instill wisdom in realms such as the left-hand-focused Continental Knitting ($25) and Design Your Own Sweater ($30), where wool wearers can create their own pattern using Sweater Wizard software in place of an obsolete Rumpelstiltskin. Knitting students are required to bring their own supplies to all classes and may choose to cull them from the shop's well-stocked shelves of skeins that are arranged by color, weight, fiber, and zodiac sign.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
A nickel might not buy what it used to, but that doesn’t stop the folks at We B Nuts and Stuff from trying to recapture the charm of the golden age of candy stores. They satiate sweet teeth with an array of treats such as locally made chocolates, nuts and toffees, and dried fruit harvested from trees that were meticulously never watered. The team sells its confections individually or artfully assembled in gift baskets.