Voted the best stop for chocoholics by Ohio magazine, the Dayton-based Esther Price infuses its old-fashioned chocolate concoctions with dairy-fresh cream and butter—pairing rich cocoa with several fruity and savory flavors. Sample an array of aromas with the 18-ounce light and dark assorted chocolates ($12.30), with each box containing a sampling of Esther Price's most popular pieces—coconut cream, peanut butter cream, caramel pecans, cherries, almond toppers, and more. Other options include the chocolate-coated pretzels ($9.75), which come dipped in light or white chocolate, and the 8-ounce sweetheart mints ($7.55), which offer a decadent way to freshen one's breath before a hoverboat driving test. For those who prefer their sweets minus the sucrose, the confectionary also offers plenty of sugar-free options. Tentative tasters can use the Esther Price candy key to determine what flavors are contained within each morsel before tasting.
World of Beads' beading whizzes instruct small classes of beginner bauble makers in beading and wire technique. Assemble a group of friends, neighbors, or estranged high school counselors for an Introduction to Beaded Jewelry class, where students delve into the topics of color theory and design before selecting worthy spheres and appropriate cording to create two in-class projects. Beading pupils construct a strung bracelet and dip earlobes into the refreshing world of earring creation, then take their sparkling treasures home to stow in a favorite jewelry box or cryogenic chamber. During the Wrapped Up In Wire, instructors illuminate the art of wrapping wire and headpins to help students craft earrings and necklaces. After classes end, stick around for a free in-store jewelry demo or entertain eyes with World of Beads' colossal collection of gems and Swarovski crystals.
This independent running specialty store equips feet for their hard knock lives with gear from brands such as Adidas, Merrell, and New Balance. Casual wearers can peruse the lifestyle section for Chaco and Teva brand shoes, while running enthusiasts armor up for the tracks with broadsword-proof headbands or Nike, Asics and Saucony shoes. The Running Spot's experienced staff members combines their knowledge and custom shoe-fitting technology for a double whammy of expertise in finding the best fit and type of shoe for their customers.
Over her years of training—some under award-winning Chicago plastic surgeon Dr. Steven H. Dayan—aesthetician Julie Kline has learned the power a simple skin treatment can do for a person's complexion. At her intimate studio within A Tamara Berry Studio, she calls on enzymes from natural sources to jump-start purification and renewal processes, and she anoints faces with more advanced chemical peels to obliterate the signs of aging. Some of her treatments don't require a single touch: when adjusted to a precise color, her range of light therapies can kill blemish-causing bacteria, boost the production of wrinkle-banishing collagen, or spotlight a talented freckle with Broadway aspirations. Microcurrent facials use painless low-level lasers to firm and tone facial muscles. Julie uses the skincare tools she's assembled to customize her treatments to each client's individual skin issues, whether they involve acne, sun damage, aging, or another aesthetic problem.
Woodcraft and its dedicated staff have fulfillled woodworking needs since 1928 and now house an inventory of more than 20,000 woodworking tools backed by a 90-day guarantee. Whittlers with an eye for detail can carve delicate self-portraits into the undersides of neighbor's benches with the eight-piece detail-carving tool set ($23.50), outfitted with 5-inch handles for extra control. CAD-generated project plans such as the Curley maple rocking-chair plan ($19.95) prepare furniture makers with the necessary instruction to populate front porches with gently swaying accouterments. Dull blades get whipped into woodcutting shape with the Sharp-n-Easy two-step knife sharpener's ($4.99) coarse ceramic rods, which keep fingers and prehensile tails safe with a non-slip grip. Keep windpipes clear with a toxic-dust respirator ($39.99), which blocks 99.97% of toxic dusts such as lead and asbestos.