At Art on Fire, a large selection of unfired pottery awaits. Customers—either there for a party or a walk-in—can browse a variety of pieces, ranging from ornaments, to jars, to mugs, before selecting one to make their own. Then, they'll adorn the piece with myriad colors, adding life with painted hues. In addition to birthday parties and events for children, the studio also offers adult-appropriate events such as ladies' night, with catering available and a BYOB policy.
The scintillating scents of curry and ginger waft through Bombay Club to capture wandering noses from a comprehensive menu full of authentic Indian flavors. Vegan dishes fall in step with culinary commands to feed meatless militias with cumin-spiced potatoes and cauliflower in the aloo gobi ($14), while tempered vegetarian allies dine on the baigan bharta, puréed eggplant infused with a blend of ginger and freshly ground spices ($12). The deft chefs assuage kebab cravings with many speared specialties from the tandoor oven, such as the red-masala-marinated shrimp bihari ($19), or chicken malai enclosed in a creamy-sauce chrysalis ($16). Peruse the British Curry House menu for dishes reflecting an Anglo-Saxon influence like beef saag, distinguished by its creamy spinach and unruly devotion to Tottenham Hotspur ($18). Sides of fragrant basil-cheese naan ($6) and lentil-enhanced tamarind rice ($6) soak up stray sauce droplets and pre-clean plates for weary dishwashers.
At artéé fabrics & home, a customer’s vision for a piece of furniture can truly become a reality. Headed by 20-year industry veteran Arti Bhandari Mehta, the staff can draft, design, and build the customer’s envisioned piece and upholster it with a handpicked fabric. These fabrics—which can also be used to make custom draperies and bedding—are the main attraction at artéé, where wall-to-wall racks are draped with thousands of cottons, chenilles, velvets, mohairs, and linens. They arrange their fabrics by color so that clients can easily find fabrics that fit the color palette with which they are working. The showroom also houses yarn, pillow stuffers, and accessories to complement the rich swatches of fabric on display.
In more than 1,132 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy Albion strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
In the midst of summer in North Carolina, Christmas has already begun to blossom in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tucked between its peaks at more than 3,000 feet above flat land, there's a forest of fraser firs getting ready for their holiday post in living rooms, right after they figure out how to politely evict their squirrel tenants. The trees belong to Cedar Grove Christmas Trees, a farm where fresh, healthy trees have been the main objective for more than three decades. To that end, it also ships in plantation and wild-stand balsam firs from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Cedar Grove's tree growers only use eco-friendly, sustainable practices, such as planting cover crops in lieu of fertilizer and mowing more frequently instead of using spray herbicides. Not to mention, the tree fields are inherently helpful to the earth, since they provide habitats for critters and enough oxygen every day for 18 people, who would otherwise have to breathe water.