Tucked away within Madtosh Crafts lies a treasure trove of crafting supplies. Even though the shop specializes in needle art and quilting, its bounty spans the spectrum of the crafting arts, ranging from designer patterns and books about knitting, crocheting, hand spinning, and embroidery to fabrics for sewing, appliqué, and sashiko. Fabrics from Anthology and Free Spirit and yarns from Knit Collage and The Fibre Company arm DIYers for the shop's workshops and events. These hands-on sessions include Knit in Public, which encourages artists to work on individual projects among friends, and the Color Theory workshop, a class that helps students choose ideal hues for their artwork or forged mood rings.
Functioning as both a school and a gallery, SiNaCa Studios not only showcases the work of glass artists, but introduces the centuries-old art form to students of all ages. Founded by local artisans, the non-profit works with the community to add a new facet to a burgeoning art scene, teaming up with other non-profits and teaching classes—including youth programs—at various facilities. Interested parties can enroll in a variety of glass classes. These include glass-blowing and kiln forming, the most achievement-minded uses of hot air since Neil Armstrong lied about having lunar citizenship.
During A Piece of Work’s interactive classes, amateur artists receive the supplies they’ll need before relaxing at an easel with a bottle of wine. Background music fills the air and eclectic paintings splash color across the walls in the studio. A local artist demonstrates how to paint a copy of a masterpiece while the class of students follows along, unleashing their creativity and filling canvases with elegant reproductions of works such as impressionist paintings by Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. Kids' camps introduce young artists to the famous works of their forebears and impart crucial techniques, while paint-your-pet nights help students re-identify with man’s best friend.
Frustrated in her quest to secure toxin-free wares for her baby’s nursery, Liz Johnston began to closely research the origins of products that claimed to be green or natural. Her discoveries inspired her to found The Greener Good, which compiles only eco-friendly, chemical-free goods for abodes and bodies. Johnston researches all of her suppliers’ claims, and her scrutiny has earned her praise from the Star-Telegram. She’ll happily relay her products’ origin stories to curious customers, leaving them feeling confident in the quality of their purchases and in their purchases' ability to be licked without repercussions.
Browsing the spacious showrooms at Heritage Furniture Galleries’ two locations truly ignites the imagination to start thinking about what your living room or bedroom could look like. Throughout the space, sofas, sectionals, bedroom sets, and tables crafted by brands such as Coaster, Ashley, and Broyhill sit in cozy arrangements. Shoppers can mentally place a new couch in their family room and choose which beanie-baby portraits to display on nesting coffee tables. The helpful staff can come up with decorating ideas and suggest pieces to suit any aesthetic, whether contemporary or traditional, masculine or feminine.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.