With 3,400 square feet devoted to the fine art of mud molding, Springfield Pottery hosts the works of well-known clayshapers from across the country. Stop in and peruse a selection of tumblers ($18–$28) and pick up spoons to show babies how to fling caviar with gusto ($5–$42). Purchase a pottery mug from Justin Rothshank ($39) or stock up on wooden bowls from Brad McCullum and outfit miniature dollhouses with makeshift hot tubs ($60–$90).
Veteran shutterbug Cara Dee Stucke honed her artistic eye in 27 years in the portrait-photography field and today attends annual workshops and seminars to stay abreast of modern techniques. Along with fellow photographer Mark Gilmore, Cara Dee snaps elegant, contemporary shots of weddings, families, and high-school seniors using high-tech equipment such as 21.5-megapixel sensor cameras and light-bending hand claps. Before each photo session, the creative team can proffer wardrobe and makeup consultations, taking time to heed customers' requests for the overall vibe of the shoot.
On-location sessions voyage into the tranquil confines of nature for a romantic ambiance, and shoots in the CaraDee Photography studio allow for edgy, urban-theme photos with self-provided props. Images make their way onto prints of all sizes, emblazoned on top-quality metallic or lustrous papers, custom-created books, and videos replete with music.
A staunch adherent to the do-it-yourself philosophy, Queen City Emporium is a haven for local artisans and independent designers looking to hawk their handmade, one-of-a-kind wares. Curators tend to an ever-changing, frequently updated menagerie of vintage-inspired apparel, distinctive jewelry, and trendy accessories. Items such as Sparkle Candy's vintage Bingo bobby pins ($6) brighten lonely locks with authentic materials and careful craftsmanship, and organic cotton tea towels from Slide Sideways ($18) add a touch of homespun class to tea parties both real and imaginary. Queen City Emporium keeps the DIY spirit alive at the sink as well, with toiletries and soaps like the haupia hand soap from Passion Moon Potions ($4) giving tired mitts the cool relief of coconut cream without the shocked stares and ant bites usually associated with a handful of dessert.
We have everything for the home recreation room: pool tables, shuffleboard, ping pong tables, foosball tables, air hockey, darts dartboards, and parts and supplies for these. We also carry home decor, artwork and furniture such as poker tables, pub tables, bars, and bar stools.
A full-service printing shop, Greek Corner bedazzles bare shirts, hats, uniforms, and other wearables with custom-designed logos, courtesy of its in-house art department. Whether you need a single bespoke baseball cap commemorating the ingestion of an unusually large sandwich or 400 tackle-twill embroidered team jerseys for the college cheese-rolling championships, Greek Corner will determine the right price and turnaround time to make it happen. Fraternities and sororities, meanwhile, can monogram their house loyalties in vinyl lettering onto a broad range of shirts, formal loincloths, and a variety of American Apparel and Gildan activewear.
Before he took over Springfield Leather Company, Kevin Hopkins was a struggling musician in need of a guitar strap. After fashioning one out of scraps from a nearby leather store, he realized his true talent and went on to manage Tandy leather stores throughout the midwest. When Tandy shuttered the business in 1999, Hopkins bought the Springfield outpost, rechristening it Springfield Leather Company. Inside the sprawling space, a staff of jewelry and leather experts arm customers with a vast assortment of leather goods and jewelry-making supplies.