Creative Fire Art & Pottery Studio has a roomy workspace where adults and kids can learn the craft of clay. The facility hosts day and evening classes. There’s also open studio time, where students can come and go as they please to finish building a piece or see if their clay pigeon has morphed into a real pigeon. In party packages, you and a group of friends can get a room to yourselves to work with clay under the advisement of an instructor. It’s also worth it to stop in Creative Fire Art & Pottery Studio’s gallery, which feature a number of original pottery pieces.
Since opening in the early 1990s, Manhattan Textiles has dazzled guests with its large assortment of reasonably priced, designer-inspired fabrics. Fueled by a passion for fine textiles, owner Judy and her two daughters traveled the globe in search of distinctive fabrics worthy of display inside their expansive show room. In addition to fabrics, they hand select trims, create custom bedding, and hand loom rugs from a variety of yarns, dyes, patterns, and magic-carpet blueprints.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Named the best furniture store in Milwaukee by WISN.com and CityVoter, the third-generation owned Bachman Furniture has outfitted homes with a sundry selection of fine furnishings since 1920. With more than 200 manufacturers to choose from, room refurbishers will stumble upon ideal accoutrements to accommodate their tastes and budgets. Place perfectly mixed Manhattans onto new cocktail tables (starting at $199), liven up living rooms with colorful sofas (starting at $599) and trendy end tables (starting at $149), or furnish royal sleeping chambers with a queen-sized bed (starting at $469). Bachman also carries a number of furniture items sporting environmentally friendly components, such as soy-based foam, recycled steel, and vegetable-dyed leathers and fabrics. Purchase a piece of furniture, and Bachman's team of room reorganizers will offer complimentary interior design services to help develop room layouts, coordinate colors, and remove moose head-shaped eyesores from homes.
When a baby room takes the place of a man cave, once-cherished leather couches and entertainment centers often wind up curbside, waiting for their ride to the landfill. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore saves furniture from an untimely demise and stocks new and used building materials, using the proceeds to help to create affordable homes for the city's low-income families. Manufacturers, businesses, contractors, and individuals regularly stop in to donate a variety of items ranging from caulk to file cabinets to paintbrushes. The mostly volunteer staff at ReStore spent 2010 keeping more than 730,000 pounds of usable supplies out of landfills and trash mountains.