Sun pours past window planters full of flowers, rippling across the handcrafted bowls and vases that line The Broken Mold?s canary-hued walls. Shelves and tables groan beneath an array of watercolors, acrylics, and oils. Artists seeking a workspace away from the narcissistic bowls of fruit that fill most homes practice their craft in The Broken Mold?s studios, and pupils of all levels build their skills by enrolling in lessons or by observing skilled studio potters. The Broken Mold sells and showcases the work of local artists with events throughout the year.
A renowned exhibitor of contemporary art, The Arts Center cultivates creative potential in adults and children through art classes and events that emphasize hands-on learning. Members receive discounts on arts classes—up to $25 off kids classes—an opportunity to exhibit their art at the annual members’ Fence Show, discounts at local businesses, and the right to sing in the gallery when nobody’s around. Patrons with a taste for food can enroll in courses on the culinary arts, and aspiring artists can transform stuttering line work into fluid brushstrokes via drawing and painting courses.
BeauKnits Yarn Shoppe outfits knitters, and crocheters with the necessary supplies to create all manner of projects. The cozy store hosts a cornucopia of yarn balls and skeins, available in brands such as Plymouth, Brown Sheep, and Berroco and in myriad colors, thicknesses, textures, and blood types. Thin and delicate lace yarns ($8–$20) help fill out a doily collection, Malabrigo sock-yarns fan across frigid feet ($18.75), and a few coils of Lamb's Pride wool yarn ($8.50) helps needle-wielders to knit a model sheep or imitation alpaca. The store's extensive supply of needles enhances crafts large and small, and its selection of patterns and books helps take the guesswork out of garnishing. The staff, eager to answer any knitting or crocheting questions, aids indecisive crafters in choosing the perfect tools for the job at hand.
A Gary's Treasures leverages the 21 years of expertise under its meticulously monogrammed belt to outfit such local organizations as high school sports teams and businesses with custom uniforms and apparel. Follow in the sartorial footsteps of the UMass and University of Rochester competition squads by carrying a monogrammed gym bag, sporting an embroidered T-shirt, hiding from the sun's pernicious glare under a tailor-stitched hat, or by placekicking a ham down grocery store aisles. A Gary's Treasures has also embroidered threads for Shenendehowa Central Schools, Albany Mechanical Services, and Vice President Joe Biden. To get an idea of the precision with which the sewing smiths at A Gary's Treasures stitch the designs of client sportswear, feel free to take a peak at their handiwork.
The design consultants at California Closets summon their space-scrutinizing skills and work one on one with clients to organize homes with helpful tips and custom-constructed storage solutions. Consultants absorb each owner's individual sense of style to maximize space and prevent messes while augmenting homes' unique handsomeness. All custom storage systems are manufactured on-site and come with a lifetime warranty. Though most closet systems go for more than $250, you can put this Groupon toward custom garage cabinetry to stash tools and jam bands in style or use it to hide stolen quill pens with solutions for the office. California Closets utilizes eco-friendly materials and methods to greenify each storage space without the hassle of watering a pantry lawn.
In 1947, Angela and Bernard DiSiena started peddling appliances and kitchen cabinets in a garage with dirt floors covered by canvas. More than six decades later, DiSiena Furniture boasts 85,000 square feet of space spanning a trio of buildings. Today, Angie's three children and their spouses still preside over daily operations.
The family brightens homes with furniture from a medley of brands, outfitting boudoirs with luxurious beds, offices with desks, and living rooms with couches and leather recliners. They also add finishing touches to home decor with lamps, mirrors, and grandfather clocks, whose cardigans and corncob pipes lend a distinguished air to any room.