Kaleidoscopic ribbons of fabric, including cotton, canvas, silk, and satin, unspool across Colchester Mill Fabrics’ expansive aisles, enveloping crafters in vivid designs from the industry’s most revered manufacturers. Hundreds of quilting books and patterns incite celebratory bellkicks beneath more than 5,000 bolts of cotton fabrics that dazzle retinas with soul-warming batik, oriental, and novelty prints from the wonder weavers at Hoffman, Timeless Treasures, and Moda ($8.98 - $11.98/yd.). Decorative fabrics (starting at $4.98/yd.), including tapestries and canvas coveralls from Barrow and Robert Allen, reanimate one-note living spaces, and cushion foam and upholstery fabrics soothe threadbare seats ravaged by sandpaper skirts and pantsless porcupines. Cozy crafters find knitting tackle lines and crochet hooks lining aisles alongside felt, stencils, and beads and complementing oblong tubes of yarn, and brilliant bundles of faux flowers wait to be gathered into a festive holiday centerpiece or a chic everyday bouquet.
Frame Corner helps its clients deck their halls with photographs and artwork using premium framing materials selected to match each individual project and the surrounding décor. The store’s on-staff certified picture framer, artistic design consultant, and needlework expert form a three-headed framing machine that can help you preserve your most precious memories for millennia. Thousands of molding options (including wood, colored aluminum, and 22-karat gold-leafed materials that can also be used as currency), hundreds of museum-quality matting choices, and millions of seconds of framing experience make every project a one-of-a-kind work of art. Whether you’re framing your dog’s photograph or your dog’s diploma from dog college, prices for each job vary significantly according to the materials and presentation method used; most custom projects run between $200 and $300.
For 18 years, foodies at For the Kitchen have stocked their shelves with premium pots, pans, cutlery, and kitchen accessories. Striving to stock items "customers will only have to buy once," shopkeepers source brands known for durability and high performance. All-Clad, Berndes, and Scanpan pots and pans quickly heat up meats, veggies, and frozen archeological artifacts atop the stove, and French-made Staub dutch ovens equipped with self-basting lids leave slow-cooked items tender and brimming with flavor. In addition to the big-ticket items, smaller kitchen accessories such as Microplane graters, cookie cutters, and vegetable peelers ease everyday cooking. Regardless of the size of the item they grab, shoppers can count on free gift-wrapping to make a present extra special or a utensil holder extra colorful.
Founded in 1975, Real Art Ways is one of the United States' leading innovative contemporary-arts organizations. The cinema at Real Art Ways screens first-run and classic independent films seven nights a week for the viewing pleasure of card-carrying art haus-ers and visually starved celluloid fanatics alike ($9 for non-members, $5 for members). Leave the distracting 4G smart-toaster at home to put all the focus on Life 2.0, a thought-provoking film about human interaction in the digital age. Vintage hits like the horrifying Japanese 1977 flick House and the slightly less-horrifying 1955 Guys and Dolls share silver-screen space with surprising ease. Visit the calendar for a full list of show times.
At This an That, patrons peruse 1,500 square feet of assorted books, furniture, home décor, handmade items, and sundry knickknacks. Shoppers can update charm bracelets with Pandora-style trinkets ($2) or pick up a new handmade bracelet ($5) to gift to a friend's bare wrist. Shoppers can make a sound real-estate investment with a handmade birdhouse ($18) or incite young imaginations with assorted toys ($1–$75), including miniature cars and fire trucks, ideal for keeping the flames of 8-ounce soy candles ($8.50+) at bay.
Since 1994, the family owners of Dream Catchers have stocked mattresses from the likes of Serta and Gold Bond alongside furnishings for every room of the home. For customers who don't own a large-enough wheelbarrow, Dream Catchers can deliver its wares directly to their doorsteps.