Behind the windows of the Sipping n’ Painting Highland studio lies an intimate workshop where soft hanging lanterns spotlight guests laughing, chatting, and sipping wine as they paint canvases. Seasoned instructors stroll across the rustic hardwood floors, offering step-by-step guidance and tips to painters as they complete vivid reproductions of majestic mountains, beautiful flowers, or plucky sausage vendors. Each night, classes focus on a different featured painting, though participants who feel comfortable doing so are encouraged to work on their own original pieces. The instructors keep classes lively and fun, encouraging socializing and providing each guest with a complimentary glass of beer or wine and light snacks.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.
Victoriana Antique & Fine Jewelry stocks shelves with handpicked relics and vintage accessories ranging from authentic Victorian pieces to modernist baubles from the 1950s. Proprietors scour jewelry shows and contact international buyers to scare up authentic, top-quality pieces instead of candy necklaces covered in dust to appear and taste older. Century-old cases shelter a variety of outfit enhancers, including simple sterling-silver earrings ($20) and engraved oval lockets ($145) from the 1890s. Add antediluvian-flair to straight-laced garments with a piece of costume jewelry, such as a buckle-styled art-nouveau brooch ($85) or an aqua brooch ($145) with dangling turquoise teardrops wiped from the eyes of proud papa unicorns at their colt's graduation. Customers can also apply their Groupon toward more expensive in-store merchandise ranging from onyx brooch and ring pairs to 1930s white-gold rings.
The dozens of plush mattresses that fill InnoMax’s vast show room call to customers like song-less sirens, enticing patrons onto their comfortable coils and springs with the promise of restful slumber. These dream-inducers support the lumbar with a range of fillings, including beds plumped by air, liquid, memory cells, and natural latex, which conforms to bodies and proves more hygienic and durable than a bed made of collapsed pizza boxes. Knowledgeable sales associates take stock of customers’ sleep styles to offer mattress suggestions or guide customers through InnoMax’s host of accessories including bed frames, sheets and comforters, and hardwood furniture.