The staff of teachers and artists at Weirdgirl Creations helps customers up-level their creativity every day. Prices begin at $3 and range to over $400, but the massive selection of more than 200 pieces of pottery ensures that a fitting selection is available for any budding Pablo Picasso or Dan Quayle. There are no special skills or equipment required to decorate a bowl, plate, or any other ceramic that catches the eye, so walk-ins are welcome. Lead-free, non-staining glazes are available in a wide spectrum of colors and a variety of varietals, including sparkle, high-gloss, and high-fire look-crystal glaze.
After doing battle with law school and the Rhode Island State Bar Exam, Jacqueline Vaughn needed to relax. She sought out a yoga studio, something that used to do the trick for her back home in New Jersey. Rather than the quick destresser she expected, she found a community and a home in a little 700-square-foot space with other yogis. Then, in 2013, her yoga studio moved. She was torn, for it wasn't just the practice and the people that were important to her, but the space itself. She sat wondering about the fate of the studio one night, admiring the stars, when inspiration suddenly struck. She grabbed some paints and began to recreate the starry sky she saw before her. As her vision took shape, a plan formed in her mind. She would transform her old yoga school into a community art space. Bristol Art Studio was born.
These days, Jacqueline and a team of instructors host classes in painting, drawing, sculpture, sewing, and creative writing. They gear the curriculum to artists of all ages and ability levels. Kids can explore self-expression and technique in structured lessons. Adults can bring a bottle of wine to enjoy as they unlock their creativity with a brush or get their hands dirty in a bit of clay by sculpting an impromptu wine glass. Whichever class a student takes, they will find a safe haven as Jacqueline once did in her yoga studio.
Operated by the Carlones since 1954, Carlone's Florist pledges to deliver fresh flowers arranged with attention to detail and unwavering dedication to customer service. Choose from a selection of preconceived floral notions, or design your own based on the flowers that harmonize best with a favorite painting or mannequin. An all-white vase of snap dragons, mums, and caspia ($49.99) accentuates a summer tan while breakfasts will become botanic royalty with a centerpiece of delphinium, alstroemeria, and hydrangeas ($49.99).
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 Clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, organics and naturals, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2013 alone, the company donated more than $4 million to charitable organizations.
The furniture and antique experts at Jarred's Homegoods unearth a wealth of gently used bedroom furniture, dining-room digs, and jewelry to fill the store’s expansive showroom floor. Patrons can sift through cherished pieces claimed from estate sales, including furniture crafted from old barn wood or antique brass bed frames, and an array of designer jewelry rewards wrists and décolletage with sunburn-deflecting sparkle. Treasure hunters can peruse the showroom and dig up work crafted by famous designers, carpenters, and brands such as Ethan Allen, Liz Claiborne, and Givenchy.