More than 400 pieces of pottery line Color Me Mine's shelves. The pieces are blank, and they're dreaming of the day an imaginative mind comes along to color them. Mugs, plates, bowls, and figurines will all be hoping it's their turn when you set foot inside the studio. Pick the lucky piece, check out the selection of paints, stamps, stencils, and former Picasso muses, and then get straight to it. Staff members will be available in case you need tips on color selection and technique. After finishing the masterpiece, it's glazed and fired; four or five days later, you can take it home.
Color Me Mine's pottery ventures into party territory, too. A private room accommodates up to 25 painters and features a screen, projector, and laptop for presentations. The staff can also bring the party, complete with all supplies, to the customer's location. In addition, they lead classes for kids and grownups alike.
It?s Organic!?s home-delivery service carts customizable boxes of organic fruits and vegetables from local farms to homesteads, ensuring a steady supply of wholesome, chemical-free produce. Each week, produce curators arrange different boxes of fresh-picked, seasonal varietals harvested by still-life artists; contents remain a surprise until three days before shipment. Clients can tweak their selection on the website to suit their palates and maintain the balance of fruit hats and add shipments of all-natural white or brown eggs to their weekly order. Additionally, It?s Organic! hosts an online store of ? la carte items such as pastas, coffees, and rice.
A burbling waterfall wall and live palm fronds welcome clients to the earth-toned oasis of Elk Grove Massage29. Before beginning any session, the spa’s licensed therapists consult with clients to determine the best massage for their needs; it could be Swedish strokes to slake general stress or hot stones to melt away tension and determine which extremities are really just frozen burritos. The therapists also specialize in hot-pack massage, which uses grain-filled pouches that are heated to 170–180 degrees in order to release tension and increase flexibility.
Each of the products in Ella Blue Beauty's personal skincare and cosmetics line is artfully wrapped in packaging that offers a modern take on the classic pictures of ?50s-era women. This playful yet timeless approach is also echoed in the spa menu, which ranges from soothing massages and eye-enhancing lash extensions to no-chip mani-pedis and tanning services that leave the skin glowing brighter than a plate of freshly baked pennies.
NewSongs School of Music expands instrument IQs with a medley of musical instruction courses for adults and kids age 5 and older, covering everything from the drums to the flute to vocals. Exchange air guitars for solid strings in the four-week Intro to Guitar course ($85), which pairs no more than six students age 9–12 with an experienced-eared instructor, or facilitate a toddler jam band with the one-hour Morning Music for Little Musicians ($15 for one drop-in class), during which tiny superstars develop rhythm, pitch, and industry connections. A musical theater course ($18 for one drop-in class) invites students to practice acting and Broadway-style song, and a week of Talent Camp, held in half- and full-day ($24/day or $108/week) sessions, lets participants experience camp camaraderie without the threat of bunk-bed bogeymen. NewSongs School of Music holds classes at a variety of days and times to accommodate tight schedules, and it employs a bevy of experienced, professional instructors.
Knitique satisfies the educational and material needs of needle-wielders with shelves of yarns, books, and patterns as well as a rotating selection of instructional classes. Stock up on knitting supplies and lavish fibers, such as Be Sweet Bambino Taffy yarn ($12.10/ball), ideal for making a soft cap for a pintsize family member, or threads from the colorful Classic Elite’s Waterlily ($12.10/ball), perfect for easily-spotted scarfs. Cordial clerks lead customers through the store's library of recently released knitting books, such as Wendy Knits Lace ($22.99) and My Grandmother’s Knitting ($22.50), that provide patterns, tips, and guides for at-home projects.