Community-minded curator Jan Constas stocks The Gift Box's red and white cottage-style storefront with locally crafted goods. The floral Bella Taylor-designed Blue Tropic eyeglass case ($10.95) keep spectacles conveniently stored, and a bevy of handbags ($29.95+) carts necessities more stylishly than a bedazzled wheelbarrow. Decorate delicate joints with Viva Bead bracelets and necklaces ($12.99+) or the Tribal stretch cuff, a 2-inch-wide wrist embellishment fashioned from gold, copper, and silver beads engraved with tribal patterns ($19.95). Chic shoppers can cloak necks in ethereal shrouds with the Snake scarf ($16.95), a lengthy purple and white shawl emblazoned with serpentine scales, tailed by fringe as delicate as the summer breeze on a snowflake's face.
Boasting more than 5,000 bolts of quilting fabric and a diverse collection of yarn, books, and patterns, Mission Rose keeps creative hands occupied. Grab an arsenal of yarn ($4.50–$14.95) for a knit sweater, a yard of batik fabric ($9.50) for a jazzy quilt, a spool of thread ($2.80) for a repair project, or bamboo knitting needles for threatening the mailman. Check the newsletter on Mission Rose's website for updates on products, classes, and quilting-club hazing ideas.
Veteran fitness instructor and eminently certified Zumba coach Kat Bombard understands that sometimes, exercise is only as effective as it is entertaining. That’s why she and Dancing Kats’ tight-knit team of instructors lead pupils through Zumba’s core-boosting aerobic dance moves, which gain extra excitement thanks to the workout system’s signature infectious Latin rhythms and beats. In addition to sweating away excess calories and maintaining healthy hearts with Zumba dancing, students also build targeted muscle groups with body tone classes or work midsections into rippling washboards with express abs courses.
Patchwork Plus lures creative and professional sewers alike with the enchanting siren song of 5,000 square feet of printed and solid fabrics, yarn, thread, patterns, and resources. Visitors can utilize the store's bright natural lighting to assure color accuracy when picking out a yard or two of batik fabric designed by Edyta Sitar to bring Indonesian inspiration to home projects ($9.99/yard), or when checking out Noro’s Kureyon yarn, a hand-dyed 100% wool yarn perfect for knitting projects large, small, and pet-Halloween-costume sized ($9.25/skein). Floriani threads dazzle in a variety of bright colors, making stunning accents for embroidered linens and clothing ($5.95/spool). Oriental, floral, and child-friendly printed fabrics and a wide selection of books and patterns equip seam samurais with a stockpile of creative ammunition.
For years, Jacqui Hauser and Brian Kaiser had been making jewelry to sell at farmers’ markets and trade shows. Then in 2009, after finding some success on the crafting circuit, the pair opened The Studio for Art and Craft as a space where novices could create their own art. In fewer than three years, the studio has broadened its creative horizons by adding several crafting experiences for burgeoning and established artists to explore. At the pottery wheel, guests shape smooth, cool clay into a custom ceramic design, and drawing and painting stations offer up their paints and inks for colorful self-portraits. With chain mail and silver and bronze clay crafts, patrons can cobble together their own accessories rather than pilfering them from statues in the park. Classes and parties delve into the nuances of assembling baubles and lagniappes, while giving friends and family a chance to bond over their creative endeavors.