Start by selecting any plate, bowl, flowerpot, mug, jug, or unexpected pottery discovery from a variety of contemporary and functional finely crafted artifacts. The Pottery Patch's colorful design books and friendly staff can help if you need inspiration or artistic guidance. After you make a sketch, you'll pick out paint colors (The Pottery Patch has more than 50 pigments). Then carefully direct your brush in tune with your dreams and wishes, letting your creative juices flow wildly onto the dinnerware of your choosing and spill onto the floor that is thoughtfully provided. There are no studio fees at The Pottery Patch, and pottery ranges from $7 to $75, depending on size and type. Once you're finished, The Pottery Patch glazes and fires your piece in a kiln; it'll be ready for pick-up in about a week, just like a slow-baking cake or a reverse movie rental.
• For $25, you get a 300-level rear seat on the north end of the stadium (the end furthest from the stage) (a $25 value before fees, or up to a $40.95 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees). • For $35, you get a 300-level seat on the east or west side of the stadium (a $35 value before fees, or up to a $51.20 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees).
The all-female staff at Milagros, who proudly believe in “long, hot baths” and high-quality ingredients, routinely handcraft half-pound bars of Sister Agnes soap from glycerin, a natural humectant that deftly draws moisture and magnets to the skin. Their selection of soaps evokes innumerable essences, from the intoxicating musk of a wine cellar to the homespun nostalgia of the linen closet. The friendly instructors happily impart their squeaky-clean art to budding soapsmiths, teaching them to create with a variety of shapes, colors, and scents during 90-minute classes.
The Blue Moon Trading Company compiles one-of-a-kind vintage and consignment furniture. Each individually priced chair, table, and cowhide-covered stool adds detail to homes, building personality-infused rooms out of repurposed items just as a lonely boy builds friends out of repurposed mason jars. Speckle a dining room with medium-size poured candles ($19 each or $35 for two) or stun dinner guests with one of Blue Moon’s studio-crafted salvaged heart-of-pine dining tables ($1,295). Dens displaying the regal alabaster caned chair ($45) beside the vintage 1950s watercolor of boats on turquoise water ($65) create a welcome room if Poseidon stops by while road-tripping. The store's regular shop-and-sip events allow shoppers to enjoy sips of champagne alongside eye-filling spreads of wares.
By amassing a collection of furniture pieces from manufacturing companies such as Whitewood Industries, Archbold Furniture, and Whittier Wood, Barewood Outlet helps its clients find long-lasting, all-wood furniture that will be a staple of their families' abodes for generations. Barewood splits its inventory between finished-wood pieces, which stand at the ready to brighten rooms, and unfinished pieces, which customers can then have hand-finished to their specifications or take home as a do-it-yourself project. The outlet stocks all the tools, stains, and instructions necessary for these projects in order to help clients feel the rush of creating something themselves without experiencing the same old hassle of housing and feeding a Frankenstein monster.