More Than Words is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. We are also a fabulous used book store and we proudly brew Starbucks coffee!
Would-be jewelrymakers cut their teeth on skills and take-home projects from Bead Art Resources' curriculum of classes with supplies from a vast selection of wires, silk, charms, turquoise, and semiprecious stringables. The basic techniques course answers questions that tend to trip up beginners, such as which clasp is best for a project and who keeps tying everybody's shoelaces together. Brass or copper wires twist, shape, and twirl into eye pins or earring bases ready to ensnare colorful gems during wirework sessions. Students can master advanced techniques used to make ornate wire-mesh necklaces on two separate visits or learn to escape medieval towers after a single stint in a silk-knotting class. Finished pieces travel home with students, proudly worn about the neck or diligently restraining bonded fairy creatures.
Life's A Bead's jewelery artisans align disparate baubles to forge unique pieces of wearable glam using a variety of techniques. The class calendar indicates the required level of expertise and necessary supplies for each session, including a list of beads available for purchase from the store's inventory and the locations of telephone poles from which to cut wire. Jewelry-forging duos can acquire skills in a variety of bead-entwining techniques, such as wirework, stitched jewelry, crocheted bracelets, and epoxy sculpting with a material called Crystal Clay. While this Groupon does not cover the cost of materials, customers receive 20% off materials purchased for class projects. The value of this Groupon can also be applied toward classes where materials are included; customers will receive $15 off the cost of each class.
Bead & Pearl's myriad jewelry-crafting classes illuminate the art of creating your own adornments as students learn a range of skills from basic stringing techniques to crocheting and wire stamping. The classes welcome even stone-cold beginners, and since classes are project based, instructors narrate every necessary step of the process as students create their pieces. This practice ensures that students don't have to come to class with prior knowledge from art camp or a past life as a ball of yarn that rejected a family career in kitten baiting to pursue its crafting dreams. Using the store's colorful inventory of beads, crystals, and gold and silver findings, classes give students the opportunity to create traditional bead jewelry as well as opulent rings and jewelry knitted from silk and leather. Customers can also purchase individual materials for at-home crafting or enlist the expertise of the staff to design jewelry or repair damaged pieces by heavyweights such as Chanel and Ralph Lauren.
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Aakara Medspa's educated aestheticians rejuvenate weary skin with a plethora of soothing, effective procedures, all under the direction of a medical physician. The photofacial treatment restores tattered countenances by utilizing intense pulsed light (IPL) technology and the body's natural cellular processes. Targeting specific facial lesions, the IPL system saturates epidermal tissue with a low wave of light, heating dark pigmentation and arming skin cells with an arsenal of microscopic light swords. The cellular skirmish raises dermal temperatures, zapping lesion tissue and causing the natural healing process within the skin to react to the affected tissue, making it scab and fall off or get absorbed by the body.