Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
Inspired and informed by her time spent in Rio de Janeiro, owner Carolyn Maloney takes care in selecting stylish jewelry, decorative home accessories, fun hooks and knobs, vibrant lighting fixtures and candle holders, and beautiful textiles that will elegantly samba through your home and bossa nova in your wardrobe. Give a room a warm glow with a vintage cowgirl candle ($18), or let your collarbones glow with a glam six-strand necklace ($24). For an addition to your home that will never forget to brush its teeth, pick up a shabby chic bird vanity mirror, made with special glass that adapts to whatever room it inhabits ($32).
Formerly Knock-on-Wood, Hunter Home Furnishings has provided furniture and accessories for any room for more than 32 years. Customers can wander around the 13,000-square-foot showroom and select from an impressive array of dining sets, sofas, beds, and presidential crypts. A stately drop leaf table from Simply Amish provides ample surface to rest a Crystal Pepsi (many four-piece dining sets start at $299), while sturdy and comfortable beds from the likes of Crownmark, Aspen, and Modus provide a soft surface to put Crystal Pepsis to bed (mattress-pad protectors start at $89). Solid-wood dining chairs ($59 and up), bonded-leather square storage ottomans ($79 and up) and barstools ($79 and up) also grace the massive showroom with their charm and good looks. Experienced delivery professionals can be hired to hoist furniture overhead like participants in a traditional wedding procession parading the ceremonial wedding mop through town.