Originally, Chic Home was a luxury floral shop, specializing in bouquets that never wilted. Nowadays, though, their custom silk flowers are just one of the stylish decorative touches displayed in the 4,000-square-foot shop. The rotating vignette show rooms, for example, capture styles ranging from rustic French countryside to pure Prince whimsy, and their team of design experts makes house calls to help clients capture the same milieus?or totally different ones?at home. For smaller projects, such as repainting a room, the team also hosts DIY classes, and sells paint a la carte, in hues ranging from Fireworks Red to Imperceptible Infrared.
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.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.