An exclusive on-premises winemaking shop, Jacobs Wine Kits pairs its clients with the right supplies to craft their own wine in a matter of weeks. Expert winemaker Gerhard leads students through the process, which begins with sprinkling yeast on their choice of grape juice. Depending on its quality level, the wine takes four to six weeks to ferment and produce a finished product. When they return after this period, students spend about 45 minutes bottling their wine and applying corks, labels, and shrink caps. The results range from a refreshing Niagara Mist peach chardonnay to a bold Cheeky Monkey Australia syrah with notes of plums, blackberries, and currants.
Initially, beading for Marja Veldhoen was just a hobby. The then-graphic designer started sliding down the slippery crafting slope more than a decade ago after discovering Cindy Jenkins' book How to Make Glass Beads. Soon, she was hooked. Marja shares her zeal for unusual looking beads and jewellery that springs from nature's influence with students through courses teaching the art of inventing handmade wearables from semi-precious stones, pearls, and glass. Her Bead blog keeps crafters abreast of events and promotions, which can include trunk shows, tax-free offers, and workshops on installing chic beaded garage doors.
Founded in 1971, "Alternatives Journal," uses pinpoint journalism to focus on educating the public about local and global environmental news. Its coverage has touched upon subjects ranging from sustainable living tips to political news to profiles of environmentalists and their innovations. The publication also keeps readers abreast of upcoming events, books, and documentaries, allowing like-minded environmentalists to share opinions, green practices, and any new species they find in their backyards.
At PDR Picture Frames & Gallery, framing treasured pictures and memorabilia is a family affair. Ross Pritchard and his kin size up clients' heirlooms and refrigerator doors, charting their exact dimensions to fashion decorative frames that display and protect. He and his staff utilize museum-grade conservation materials for added safekeeping. Not only a framesmith, Ross is also an accomplished artist whose paintings and pottery sit alongside other works in the location's gallery.
Braun’s is Bicycles stocks its three stores with a plethora of bikes and bike-related gear, supplying cyclists with new chains, mountain bikes, and high-quality helmets. But the establishment isn’t just focused on selling merchandise. The 88-year-old business regularly sponsors local charities in the community, from family-friendly carnivals to bike rides to raise funds for neighbors in need.
The friendly fabric wranglers at Express Tailor treat garments and household textiles to efficient waterless washes. Suits ($16.50) and dresses ($15–$35) are refreshed for another day at the office, and separates such as pants ($7.50), shirts ($6), and blouses ($7.50) are refreshed for another day of playing hooky from the office. Winter coats slough off their cold-weather grime before summer hibernation ($20–$30). Express Tailor also beautifies home-décor items and linens from duvets ($35–$50) to tablecloths ($10–$20), preventing the jealous furnishings from brawling with other closet dwellers.