Expressions Art Glass is currently celebrating its 20th year of bringing colorful glassware into the homes of discerning art-lovers. Led by an experienced instructor, a fused-glass-plate class allows amateur artisans to create their own fragile masterpiece, ideal for displaying on the fireplace mantle or the dashboard of a spare helicopter. Using glass, a mold, and kiln firings, students learn to shape glass with mosaic cutters and prepare their plate for the sintering flames of the kiln. All classes are taught to small groups and Expressions Art Glass will provide all materials and tools, preventing the need for students to harvest their own sand and tote along their own fire. Plates will be ready for pick-up after one week's time.
Civano Nursery presents visitors with multifarious flora, most of which were grown by expert horticulturists at a 70-acre farm in nearby Sahuarita. Pockets of climate-appropriate posies ($1.99+) or lush shrubs revitalize drab lawns and woo standoffish bees and butterflies. Gardeners who expect dirt to earn its keep can rubberneck through orchards of shade and fruit trees before plotting future salads over potted herbs and veggies. Clutches of hearty cacti, like their barbed-wire kin, can add a layer of security around lot perimeters and inspire spiky arm tattoos. Civano's attentive gardening gurus also dazzle acoustic nerves with jingling wind chimes and burbling water fountains ($89.99+), tuck adopted plants into glossy red planters ($9.99+), and ply budding botanists with sage advice. Tagalong kids and brown-thumbed companions can pass the time at an on-site petting zoo or practice putting green.
Tucson Stained Glass sprawls its diverse selection of glass-related supplies, tools, and workstations across 5,000 square feet of space. The shop's diverse selection of classes showcases the artistic versatility of glass, appealing to an assortment of interests with sessions in glass casting, fused mosaics, wire wrapping, and more. Amid its uninhibited creativity, Tucson Stained Glass also keeps shelves upon shelves stocked with materials, such as glass for cabinet doors and skylights.
Family-owned Florian Flowers arranges aromatic gift baskets full of fresh, multicolored flora for every occasion. Romantic gestures can be made in-store, online, or out-of-body, with options including the Upsy Daisy basket, a yellow-themed bouquet of fully bloomed flowers gracefully rising from a ribbon-tied base ($22.95). Apologize for leaving footprints on a friend’s ceiling with regally packaged roses in a glass cube ($25.95). The blooming cupcake ($7.99) bestows birthday wishes from a novel pastry-shaped petal arrangement, complete with ascending candle, and the Daisy Daydreams basket ($22.99) presents proud new parents with a cornucopia of colors exploding from a white bamboo basket. Accent arrangements with add-ons such as Mylar balloons ($4.95) for celebration, boxes of Fran's Chocolates ($7.80) for sweet teeth, and stuffed animals ($13) for children preparing for careers in taxidermy. Florian’s professional bloom slingers ship baskets and bouquets for a variety of occasions, from love and romance to corporate gifts, ensuring timely delivery of perfectly preserved flowered arrangements.