With a kaleidoscope of cookware, utensils, and food gadgets, Bosch Kitchen Center equips kitchen arsenals for the most daunting of alimentary ambitions. A bevy of blenders, juicers, and slicers by Waring Pro and Oxo truncates fresh ingredients into savorable portions, and professional cutting boards by Wusthof keep blades honed for chopping and fending off gangs of unwashed carrots. Meanwhile, meal gurus demonstrate a variety of gadgets and techniques that help students to save money and spend less time in the kitchen. Classes emphasize healthier eating and the benefits of preparing meals from scratch, instilling skills in making bread, forging quick meals, and crafting dishes from international recipes.
Entering one of The Framing Establishment's locations is like walking into an art gallery. Large traditional landscapes and contemporary abstracts hang on the walls, and shadow boxes housing portraits and collectibles line the shelves. Amid this modern decor, professional framers scuttle about, sizing objects and answering customers' questions. They help their patrons pick out ready-made frames and art or consult with them to determine flattering custom mouldings and mats for their photos or most impressive parking tickets. They also help customers transform their TVs into works of art by providing frames and fabrics that complement home furnishings.
The earthy hues and rough whorls of exposed wood beg fingers to trail across the rustic log furniture and home accessories crafted by carpenters at Rustic Log Furniture of Utah. A wooden bear-shaped soap dispenser($12.95) distributes soap in carefully portioned dollops ideal for assisting a cleaning robot. The naturally varied colors and shapes of timber add character to a 24-inch hat rack($80), and a moose-silhouette towel ring($16) casts minds to sweeps of boreal forest. A sturdy wooden wall shelf($80) begs to showcase books and family photographs or keep snow globes out of reach of show-off meteorologists.
Husband & Wife welcomes couples to shop for lingerie, edible treats, adult games, and other intimate products in a tasteful, classy atmosphere free of graphic images and offensive language. Those in search of enticing wearables can browse a colorful, lacy array of baby dolls and camisoles, such as this ruffled blue number ($38) and sheer black top ($38).
Certified by the American Lighting Association, Lighting Design's staff roams the showrooms at three area stores, helping customers make informed decisions as they choose lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and furniture to match the decor of their home or underground lair. The store’s owner and skilled interior designer, Jean Eyre, and her staff all exploit their trained eyes and keen aesthetic sense when helping visitors navigate the massive inventory or when performing free in-home consultations. The shop's thousands of fixtures range from wall sconces and large chandeliers to ceiling fans, and they all hail from quality brands such as Murray Feiss, Minka Lavery, Metropolitan, and Emerson.
Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.
Minky Couture's soft, fleecy blankets wrap tots and adults in a rainbow of colors that stay bright even after a trip through the washing machine. The teal satin lining of a Daisy Duke blanket ($70 for a 36"x30") warms kids' toes beneath a carpet of pink and yellow flowers, and the leopard-print Kami fitted crib sheet ($50) helps bassinets keep out the cold or camouflage their occupants during day care field trips to the Serengeti. Adults can curl up with a suspenseful section of the tax code under a Sarah Diamond blanket's subtle red damask design ($135 for a 50"x60") or prop up Marla's brown paisley pillow ($25) at the end of the living room divan. Shoppers may also opt to customize their piece with up to 10 characters of embroidery ($15), such as a child's name, a loved one's initials, or a blanket fort's street address.