Inside Gleam & Glimmer Stained Glass Studio, every surface sparkles with the colorful creations of its owners, from mirrors and lampshades to jewelry and candleholders. The staffers hoard neither their skills nor the stock, sharing both in instructional classes that teach students to work with glass. Their charges study creating stained-glass patterns, fusing dichroic glass, and creating three-dimensional objects such as jewelry boxes.
Paints, papers, canvas, specialty pens, brushes, screen-printing supplies, and easels are all readily available within Hyatt's friendly confines with help from over 40 qualified employees. Custom framing and drawing supplies can be found, along with gifts for your favorite art-lover or beloved statue come to life. Pick up a Magnetic Poetry Kit: The Artist to ease the pain of refrigerator confessionals ($8.70), or delight the doodler-of-kittens kid in your life with the Foster Art Kit K15 Drawing Animals lesson ($18.95). Quality art supplies abound within this historic company, which means you have no excuse to keep associating with those one-dimensional stick figure friends.
A kaleidoscopic array of beads fills cubbyholes, jars, and drawers that line the walls at The Bead Gallery. Experienced staff members greet guests and guide them through a labyrinth of jewelry-making supplies available in a variety of colors and textures, such as Czech seed beads, vintage lucite beads, and pearls with inferiority complexes. In addition to helping visitors locate necessary provisions, they eagerly offer step-by-step advice for any DIY beading projects. Novice crafters can also join classes to learn techniques such as knotting pearls, crafting double-wrapped bracelets, and hand-making Swarovski crystal bead earrings. The Bead Gallery even hosts beading parties, which enable both kids and adults to soak up the expertise of a skilled staff member before creating glittering baubles to take home.
Thanks to vast selections of singular gifts, both Jo-An's and Suzie's Hallmark Shops have achieved Gold Crown store status, making them ideal destinations for card- and trinket-seekers. Each store's vast collection of greeting cards, keepsakes, and gifts helps guests celebrate both special occasions and everyday memory-making opportunities. Customers can spice up parties, baby showers, and holidays with keepsake ornaments and vibrant gift-wrapping accoutrement. Additionally, their selections of recordable storybooks and plush toys help parents commemorate their children's milestones with lasting gifts that both parent and child will value for years.
With an enormous inventory of instruments, a dependable technician, and friendly instructors, The Guitar Factory is the kind of store that performers come to count on over the course of their musical evolution. Here, musicians can browse from simple-starter electric guitars from Ibanez to high-end acoustics from Martin. Keyboards, percussion, amps, basses, and other gear are also available. When wear and tear strikes, the shop’s in-house repairman, Charles J. Quagliana, can nurse instruments back to functionality. Charles has honed his handiwork by working for superstars such as Mary J. Blige, Prince, The Beach Boys, and the Mos Eisley Cantina band.
In the studio’s 10 air-conditioned lesson rooms, a team of teachers with more than 30 years’ experience teach guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, and other instruments. Joe Shanahan, who teaches bass, guitar, vocal, keyboards, and drums, was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame with his band, Only Humen, and guitarist/singer/teacher Tommy Z has performed for the U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Instructors tailor each lesson to student’s individual needs; with a current student pool ranging from ages 4 to 70, instructors are comfortable working with a wide range of skill sets.