An orb of mauve and pale pink roses bursts from a thin glass vase. Hoops of lily grass and skinny stalks of equisetum frame fuchsia orchids. Such are the inventive components of Boggan's Florist’s eye-catching and diverse collection of flowers, which can suit any occasion. The shop’s floral experts are happy to guide customers through the vast selection, helping them hone in on their ideal arrangement.
In addition to exotic and classic blooms, the shop also stocks gifts and treats, from a dozen Belgian chocolate-covered strawberries to stuffed bears that play birthday songs or reminders to feed the fish. Additionally, the florists use their keen eyes to arrange gift baskets filled with gourmet food, fresh fruits, or spa products.
The staffers at Yarniverse understand that it often takes more than yarn and needles to see a knitting project through to the end. With this in mind, they man a round table inside the two-story shop where they help clients master tricky patterns, inspire them to try new techniques, and fuel knitting sprees with friendly conversation until each wooly endeavor is complete. Before starting new projects, clients stock up on yarns and knitting tools or refresh their skills in a class that covers how to make socks, dog sweaters, or vintage scarves.
The enthusiastic staff of Bridal Bargainistas beckons brides-to-be and their entourages to call dibs on a wonderland of wedding necessities. Sip adult libations and snack on whimsical hors d'oeuvres while perusing aisles of new and gently used wedding dresses, maid-of-honor gowns, and ceremony and reception decor. Personable personnel, including veteran wedding planners and former brides, lend their nuptial know-how to the betrothed, helping select appropriate furnishings for a particular event space or suggesting a dress that will hold up in an intimate underwater ceremony.
Robert Irwin sells items from a huge range of jewelry designers, including INOX, Argento, and Zable. Accoutrements abound for all parts of the accessorizable body, from anklet (Argento, $15) to earlobe (Sterling Reputation, $81). Stand out with a distinctive touch of Murano glass beadwork (starting at $29.99 per charm or bead), or steel your image with one of INOX's distinctive tungsten carbide ($70.50) or starred steel ($13.50) rings for a look that screams sentient automaton. In-store merchandise may vary from online selections, so don't hesitate to snap up what you want, either on-site or virtually.
Fourth-generation goldsmith Wolf-Peter Schwarz designs and oversees the production of Charlotte Ehinger-Schwarz’s lauded, interchangeable jewelry, which is distributed to and sold at ateliers around the world, including a location in Memphis. Gemstones and pearls detach from one piece of jewelry thanks to a squeeze from a pair of jewelling tweezers, then snap on to another piece like a drill bit burrowing straight for the beholder’s heart. The online catalog details the extensive 2011 collection, letting eyes envision circles of stainless steel ($40) and bruyère wood ($65), which brings out the dimensions of silver-set amber ($110+) and amethyst ($150+). Sets can then swap jewelry pieces crafted from silver, gold, platinum, and Swedish steel, such as a sterling-silver ring ($370).