Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
Rachel Williams majored in Psychology, but her current clients don't sit on couches. They sit on benches—outdoors, amid fall foliage—or they perch on stone stoops, or frolic through open fields. That's because Rachel transferred her superb people skills from the study of psychology to the study of photography, putting in years of training at several studios in Texas and Oklahoma. Along the way, she learned what doesn't work, namely uniform poses, poor understandings of natural lighting, and trendy color tones that may not stand the test of time and its this understanding that garnered her the Master of Photography title from the Professional Photographers of America. That's why Rachel and her team devote themselves to quality on every front, from their portraits' careful composition to their use of professional lighting and their meticulous retouching of every portrait. This commitment manifests itself in all of Rachel's portraits, as her lens follows families, and newborns through childhood and on to high-school graduation.
The team at Lazy Day-Z Gifts helps shoppers to spruce up their outfits and homes with affordable accessories, not to mention spruce up their friendships with impressive gifts. Glitzy costume jewelry adds flair to Lazy Day-Z’s array of graphic tees, and candles and wine glasses add glittering flourishes to attention-seeking dinner tables. Babies and shrunken humans can enshroud themselves in thermal heat with knitted baby booties and onesies, perfect for combating drafty nurseries and exceedingly strong crib-side air conditioners. Cards and envelopes allow present-presenters to attach commentary and hand-drawn self portraits to their gifted bestowments, and complimentary gift-wrap is available for all naked presents.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
JoAnn Cardwell and Amanda Stone first collaborated on a trunk show in 2005. Their western-inspired clothing, shoes, and jewelry garnered a lot of attention and nudged the duo to start their own boutique. After seven tumultuous years, the ladies still focus on the basics: stocking quirky and fun clothing by brands such as Big Star denim, Kensie, and Level 99 denim. They also pepper their show room with fashion and fine jewelry, handbags, and an extensive collection of cowboy boots, which are ideal for wearing to rodeos or substituting for an American passport on transatlantic flights.
Located within the Art Play Center Tulsa Stained Glass has been transforming glass into colorful window treatments for more than 35 years. Brandishing this finely-honed craft, they restore slices of history by repairing antique church windows as well as mending household pieces. In addition to forging custom designs for customers' abodes, Tulsa's glassworkers impart knowledge on a new generation with classes where budding artists learn to build door panels, fashion kaleidoscopes, and add cheery color to prison visiting-room windows.