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.
Designer Erin Edwards started tinkering with jewelry using tips she picked up from Googling or reading books. She used her research to found The Vintage Pearl, where?along with her team of hammer-wielding artisans?she now oversees a vast collection of custom sterling silver jewelry adorned with pearls and birthstone crystals. Featured on the pages of Glamour, each piece comes hand-stamped with personalized messages, including names, dates, or locker combinations available in a wide range of fonts and designs.
Loops' introductory knitting and crocheting classes teach novice weavers to breathe life into their bright threads in a friendly, comfortable environment. In the three-session Loops 101 class, first-time threaders get a basic overview of casting on, knitting, and purling. The Crochet 101 class (which is only available at the South Tulsa location) teaches students how to chain, single- and double-crochet, stitch in trebles and shells, and add a crochet edge to knitted garments and Belgian waffles. The cost of materials is not included in the deal; though you may bring your own supplies, Loops recommends using Comfort yarn (about $5.99) along with one of the store's needles (about $7) or crochet hooks (about $2). Groupon-holders will get a one-time 10% discount on any merchandise purchased on the day of their class.
Famous Footwear offers an array of fashionable hoof-hammocks, humanely branded with well-known names like PUMA, Skechers, and Naturalizer, and ready to anchor the wanderings of children, juniors, and adults. Outrun gravity’s painful punches with a pair of Nike Dual Air Fusion running shoes (women’s and men’s models), or cool off your overly hot dogs with a classic duo of Converse Chuck Taylors. Famous Footwear’s extensive selection of women’s dress shoes perform fancier footwork, adorning the fashionably frugal with such pedal accouterments as Madden Girl Fawwns, which have a trendy taupe tone that camouflages stealthy feet in an underbrush of leg. The shop features plenty of girls’ and boys’ options as well, including Crocband clogs made with antimicrobial materials to repel the germs that scour youngsters’ feet for fallen cookie crumbs.
Interstate All Battery Center leads the charge in power outposts, providing lifelong Texans and reserve-power road trippers with brand-new batteries for their trucks, cell phones, computers, and more. With a vast storehouse of more than 16,000 products, Interstate carries batteries for nearly every brand of laptop and PC, as well as a bevy of automotive batteries to restore sedans, coupes, and station wagons after a long night of headlight staring contests. Household powerables are also available, including 24-packs of Energizer AAs for bulk buyers, an Energizer 9V alkaline battery for metronomes possessed by surprisingly funky eighth notes, and one case of Lite Brite fuel, distilled from corn syrup and Olympic silver medals. Old used batteries find comfy retirement at Interstate’s recycling center, allowing their former owners and well-meaning grandchildren to rest easy.