In contrast to the limited inventories at conventional boutiques, Curve Appeal offers consignment options for full-figured women, who can choose from high-end, comfortable clothing from renowned labels. Items from Lane Bryant, Worthington, and Avenue are available in a range of sizes and styles and are suitable for any formal or informal occasion. Brand-new lingerie and dresses adorn racks and shelves next to consignment tops, blouses, shirts, and jewelry, making for eye-catching new ensembles that fit and flatter.
An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.
A parade of fixtures from brands such as Kohler, Moen, and Grohe tempts kitchen and bath savants at The Somerville Showroom. An Aqueous single-hole bathroom faucet shoots a steady flow of water into waiting basins ($111.07), and a Kohler Cachet elongated toilet seat snaps off easily to be cleaned or used as an emergency Frisbee ($59.30). Alternately, a polished chrome Kohler Flipside showerhead caresses soul cases with four different flavors of spray—a traditional shower, a dense and drenching spa mist, a pulsating water massage, and a circular-patterned spray ($95.30). Homeowners can also bring along detailed plans of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, and knowledgeable staff members can advise which faucet finishes will complement countertops or pink-and-red Hello Kitty color schemes.
Pic-N-Paint Pottery invites aspiring and amateur artists to decorate provided pottery using a variety of vibrant paints and tools in a fun, creative atmosphere. Single out your makeover victim from Pic-N-Paint's vast selection of ceramic pieces before choosing an already made design or delicately drawing your own detailed Vermeer replica. After slathering your sculpture in one of more than 60 underglazes, you can continue pointing your pigment-laden brush in any way your heart, mind, or hand's own mind fancies. If you find yourself artistically exhausted, ask one of the helpful staff members for ideas before handing your creation off for firing. After seven days, your nascent piece emerges from its kiln-fueled cocoon, transformed into an adult work of art and ready to come home, feed the kids, and attend PTA meetings.
Praised in a bevy of national publications including Wired and O, The Oprah Magazine, M-Edge Accessories' covers, lights, and stands enhance e-reader versatility, protection, and panache. A beach-bound Amazon Kindle shields itself from sand and surf in a Leisure Jacket ($34.99), and the Incline Jacket ($49.99) enrobes Apple’s iPad in supple microfiber leather, an extra perk for fingers still rejoicing in freedom from paper cuts. The adjustable e-Luminator Touch Booklight ($19.99) attaches neatly into all M-Edge Accessories jackets, and brightens e-pages on medium intensity for more than 20 hours on a single AAA battery. With custom MyEdge jackets ($40–$50) for iPad, Kindle, and Nook, customers can create their own tech tunics. DIY-ers can upload images and add text, patterns, and colors to craft a one-of-a-kind wrapper declaring "Litterasy iz kewl," or customers can simply select designs from the style library. Each custom casing swaddles screens in a microsuede interior, and the Scotchgard-treated canvas covers prevent damage from liquid, dirt, and debris.