Edible Arrangements' fresh-fruit bouquets merge the beauty of a floral display with Mother Nature's most delicious candy. At more than 1,000 stores across the globe, fruit florists carve pineapples into flower forms, hand dip bananas into semisweet and white chocolate, and swathe Albion strawberries—sweeter and darker than regular strawberries—in coats of coconut and almonds. Then, they arrange the morsels into eye-catching displays to fill mugs and vases or line decorative gift boxes. Patrons can find an arrangement for nearly any occasion, whether they want to honor Mother's Day, sweeten an anniversary, or send condolences after the death of a friend's pet rock. Customers can shop online and opt for delivery or pick up finished displays at a storefront location.
Silly Goose lavishes wee ones with stylish new vestments and toys in its colorful new Gateway Commons storefront. Bite-sized garments from brands such as cachcach and Jack and Lily are available in sizes starting from newborn up to size 14 for girls and 7 for boys. Jazz up a peasant dress from Raleigh-based Cheeky Banana ($39.99) with a pair of hot-pink Heelarious baby heels ($35.99), or snap sailors-to-be into jon jons by Glorimont ($54.99). A friendly staff helps parents outfit their budding runway stars, and the shop offers a play area for children to frolic or gossip about front-row sightings during Infant Fashion Week.
Bob Meyer, who has spent many a tour alongside bands such as Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Phish, and The Allman Brothers, helms Give To Live Guitar Studios, which provides music lessons with a focus on community outreach. He and his staff of experienced, enthusiastic instructors welcome students for lessons in stringed instruments such as guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, or bass as well as drums, vocals, and keyboards. They teach in all styles, from Bach to rock and roll, and help their students move from basics to live performance, hosting benefit concerts for local charities.
?Routine is the enemy??a statement Scott and Laura Garrison proclaim with the seriousness of a war declaration. They believe that exercise all too often makes a shift from ritual to routine, losing all spontaneity and excitement, as well as inspiring many people to quit before they can reap the benefits of their hard work. At CrossFit Confortare, the duo work to diminish the number of quitters by leading a boredom-crushing, ever-changing workout of the day, as well as by fostering a community where students challenge one another in friendly competition and hold themselves accountable to their own goals. They structure their workouts around functional movements people use in their everyday lives, such as squatting to pick up loose change or performing knee lifts to punt their outgoing mail across town to the post office each morning. Workouts range from fundamental exercises, such as pushups and jump rope sets, to intense spurts of Olympic lifts and rope climbing. To supplement their physical instruction, the Garrisons also provide guidance on eating a nutritionally balanced diet.
Professional artists M. Theresa Brown and Stephen Filarsky channel more than 20 years of experience at the easel to guide students during two-hour art workshops, parties, and afterschool kids’ programs. Workshops elucidate the process of re-creating stunning artworks that depict abstract felines, rustic tobacco barns, and fractals grazing in wintry landscapes. The instructors supply all of the materials and techniques needed to craft masterworks, and encourage participants to hang their take-home paintings in high-traffic hallways. Adult students supply their own beverages at select BYOB classes, and young aesthetes expand their horizons in kids’ classes that encompass drawing, painting, sculpting, and telekinetic printing.