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.
Board-certified opticians Gregory and Karyn Michaels zero in on clients' needs to match pupils with prescription lenses snapped into fashionable frames. Adorn foreheads with the D&G marquee ($265+) and then decipher marriage proposals on stock ticker marquees thanks to accompanying single-vision polycarbonate lenses ($130+). Meanwhile, the men's Ray Bans ($210+) deflect uncool police flashlights with single-vision polarized sunglass lenses ($165+). Michaels Eyecare's shelves also glow with a variety of designer brand names such as Revolution, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, and Versus. After visitors choose a frame, provide their lens prescription, and divulge their staring contest records, Gregory and Karyn will cut lenses specific to the client's vision issues and ensure that the frame finely complements and fits the face. Though not included in this Groupon, eye examinations are available at Michaels Eyecare.
The team at Gem Design Jewelers, Inc. works with customers to design custom jewelry pieces, which it then crafts onsite. The jewelers can incorporate their clients' old gold or gemstones into a brand new, personalized design. The jewelry experts also make repairs, including fixing broken clasps and replacing missing gemstones.
Since 1951, the award-winning landscapers at Lincoln Park Nursery have assisted homeowners with landscape designs for garden and backyard projects, incorporating eye-catching elements such as outdoor goldfish ponds and fountains. With the skills of Edward Scissorhands and the added ability to shake customers’ hands safely, knowledgeable staff members offer input to help customers beautify front yards, garden paths, and secret gardens. The nursery’s two locations maintain a large, constantly updated stock of ornamentals, vines, fruiting trees, and wall stones and pavers.
A-1 Expert Tailoring’s resident tailors employ 18 years of experience and expert needle-wielding skills to help fashionistas achieve comfortably stylish wardrobes. The expert garmentsmiths can turn off-the-rack pants into professionally tailored leg sleeves fit for a king, queen, or chili-cookoff champion with a standard hem ($10), cuff ($15), or waist adjustment ($20). Freshly bedecked clientele can expect to draw envious eyes as they pass by in a sharp-looking suit or jacket, which A-1 can take in for a custom fit ($25), outfit with custom-tailored sleeves ($20), or dip in gold and buff to a blinding sheen to signal to orbiting cosmonauts.
The cooking school's team of cooking instructors and chefs work diligently to instill a love of cooking in students of all ages. Inside the Kids’ Kitchen, children ages 3 to 6, assisted by their parents and helped along by friendly instructors, prepare healthy, kid-friendly fare. As they work through recipes, the Future Chefs class participants also learn kitchen essentials such as measuring skills, pot and pan protocol, and how to operate small appliances. During adult classes, adult students roll up their sleeves and dive into multipart recipes, from a Provençal-style zucchini and greens torte to sweet-potato casserole. Adult students can choose from hands-on and demonstration-style classes, and the cooking school's chefs and instructors keep household menus fresh by leading new classes every three months. In addition to taking traditional cooking classes, grown-up students can also improve their eating habits with healthy lifestyle classes. Taught by registered dietitians, the classes cover food's impact on current health issues, and prepare students to make the good dietary decisions that will stay with them for the rest of their long, wellness-filled lives.