At Color Me Mine, experts in clay decoration put paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young, guiding them through the process of creation. Pairs of painters peruse the studio's more than 400 ceramics including plates, bowls, and figurines resembling animals or Vincent van Gogh's easel. Each budding Pollock then selects one item and slathers an unlimited supply of paint on their chosen pieces, flexing creative muscles with provided materials and various painting techniques, such as stamping, sponging, and splattering. When each work of art is completed, staff members glaze and fire the masterpieces, and customers can pick up their creations five to seven days later. Music and natural-wood furniture foster a relaxing environment in Color Me Mine's studio, which is peppered with finished pieces created by past customers and sentient pottery wheels.
The all-female staff at Milagros, who proudly believe in “long, hot baths” and high-quality ingredients, routinely handcraft half-pound bars of Sister Agnes soap from glycerin, a natural humectant that deftly draws moisture and magnets to the skin. Their selection of soaps evokes innumerable essences, from the intoxicating musk of a wine cellar to the homespun nostalgia of the linen closet. The friendly instructors happily impart their squeaky-clean art to budding soapsmiths, teaching them to create with a variety of shapes, colors, and scents during 90-minute classes.
Famous Tate, open since 1954, stocks and displays more than 60 refrigerators, 60 washers and dryers, 85 major cooking products, 35 dishwashers, and 40 different sleep sets . But even with all of this merchandise, staffers recognize that the store might not have exactly what a client is looking for, which is why a team of merchandisers is on hand to special order items.
The shop also features a section of clearance appliances that have cosmetic defects such as scratches and unremovable “Mondale for President” stickers. Some of these appliances are even luxury display items that need to be sold to make room for incoming models, allowing customers to find the perfect bed, refrigerator, or oven that fits their budget. When clients find what they need, a service department helps them navigate extended-warranty purchases, financing, and delivery options.
By amassing a collection of furniture pieces from manufacturing companies such as Whitewood Industries, Archbold Furniture, and Whittier Wood, Barewood Outlet helps its clients find long-lasting, all-wood furniture that will be a staple of their families' abodes for generations. Barewood splits its inventory between finished-wood pieces, which stand at the ready to brighten rooms, and unfinished pieces, which customers can then have hand-finished to their specifications or take home as a do-it-yourself project. The outlet stocks all the tools, stains, and instructions necessary for these projects in order to help clients feel the rush of creating something themselves without experiencing the same old hassle of housing and feeding a Frankenstein monster.
The Blue Moon Trading Company compiles one-of-a-kind vintage and consignment furniture. Each individually priced chair, table, and cowhide-covered stool adds detail to homes, building personality-infused rooms out of repurposed items just as a lonely boy builds friends out of repurposed mason jars. Speckle a dining room with medium-size poured candles ($19 each or $35 for two) or stun dinner guests with one of Blue Moon’s studio-crafted salvaged heart-of-pine dining tables ($1,295). Dens displaying the regal alabaster caned chair ($45) beside the vintage 1950s watercolor of boats on turquoise water ($65) create a welcome room if Poseidon stops by while road-tripping. The store's regular shop-and-sip events allow shoppers to enjoy sips of champagne alongside eye-filling spreads of wares.