Winds of Change carries a number of designer fashion brands, including the Bohemian bliss of Free People, the pin-up inspirations of Betsy Johnson, and the sophisticated stylings of Eva Franco. Although your Groupon can only be used in-store, look on their site to get an idea of what they offer. Use your Groupon toward a pair of 80%20 Ruby knee boots ($89) or a ruffled Ella Moss top ($89). Top off your favorite dress with a boyfriend sports jacket ($98) and a vintage red bird ring ($69). Create an ensemble that will leave butlers impressed by the apparel piled up in your armoire, right next to your fashion rifle.
The bead emporium hosts coveted classes for jewelry-crafting pilgrims, ranging from the basic techniques of Beading 101 to the Level 27 magical Loremaster powers of advanced metalsmithing. Basic classes range in price from $32 to $42, while more-advanced classes range from $38 (soldering and forming lentil charms) to $135 (bezel setting and intro to silversmithing). If you have any of your $50 Groupon credit left after registering for a class, spend it on the materials necessary for the class (except the etching pendants or dichroic classes), or use it toward bringing a friend along or taking a second class. The store's quaint, whitewashed façade conceals a dragon's den of beads, gemstones, and jewelry-crafting supplies, some of which, like dragons, spew fire. Beads are arranged in an organized and beautiful manner on a variety of tabletops and in glass display cases, simplifying the hunt-and-gather process for nomadic artisans. The bead collection comes from countries around the world, and 90% of the semi-precious beads are handpicked and gem-graded A+ by sparkling schoolmarms.
Fancy frocks flourish at Lizzy & Jane, where the masterworks of young, independent clothing designers shine brightly against repurposed industrial fixtures. Customers can leisurely stroll the boutique's shiny concrete stage, perusing petticoats and caressing creative clothing.
Tempt summer breezes and mask barbecue-sauce stains in a black ruffle tank dress ($74) or tie-dye leggings ($79) by L.A.M.B. This season, shoppers can count on finding denim from William Rast, festival-ready rompers by Young Fabulous & Broke ($132), and sheer blouses by Diesel. Guys can scoop up Diesel tees, toddland jackets ($51 for a lightweight coaches jacket), and Hugo Boss shorts ($121). Accessories, such as Cheap Monday's envelope necklace ($29) or Alternative Apparel's emerald Pima scarf ($20), make affordable ensemble upgrades for transitioning from day job at the Pop Tart factory to nightly bourbon-and-ballroom dance parties.
• For $10, you get $20 toward instrument repairs. • For $12, you get one music lesson (a $25 value). The musicians at Warren Henry Music, helmed by titular owner and former guitar manufacturer, combine their love and knowledge of instruments to refurbish musical machinery with a slew of services and teach the art of note producing. After a free evaluation and estimate, skilled hands restring ($15 plus the price of strings), adjust and align guitars ($35–$45), patch cracks, or upgrade hardware, rehabilitating rock-star accessories smashed onstage or trampled in savage-beast-soothing incidents gone awry.