Forty years of fermenting wisdom cement The Purple Foot as Milwaukee's premier emporium for the personal vintner. The introductory kit contains nearly all the equipment—a two-gallon plastic primary fermenter with lid, a one-gallon glass secondary fermenter, an air lock, a straining bag, and more—necessary to brew your own adult fruit juice. Stew three gallons of wine from your choice of fruit (not included); try combining strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, grapes, or jazzleroot with the provided ingredients according to the provided instructions, and let guests of your next dinner party delight at your new craft, at the hyper-local vintage, and at the unusual colors that emerge when it's mixed with resin.
The Kitchen Gallery features around 2,000 products in its diverse and expansive store. All manner of kitchen utensils and accessories are available from TKG to aid chefs throughout all stages of food preparation and consumption. Practice your speedy onion dices with a Kershaw Shun Wasabi Santoku knife ($34.95) on a brand-new bamboo Hana grooved cutting board ($12.99), both ideal for menacingly polishing in a front-porch rocking chair. Mix and mash to your heart's content with a Duralex Lys nine-piece nesting-bowl set ($25). Use the 11" barbecue wok/stir-fry non-stick pan ($9.50) for Asian-infused meals or as a highly ineffective canoe paddle. Finish your fabulous feast with a chocolate-dipped delicacy made with a 12-piece Fest chocolate-fondue set ($28), along with some after-dinner caffeine from a Chambord 32 oz. French press ($39.95).
The Orchid Bug helps spruce up terraces and gardens with a robust inventory of orchids, green plants, and growing supplies. Stationed at the front of the shop, a large window sends sunlight splashing across thriving displays of flora. Visitors snaking around those displays can indulge their budding curiosity by quizzing owner Denise Kirchmayer, or by participating in one of the store's classes. For a general overview of orchids and their culture, Orchids 101 fertilizes the minds of new and seasoned collectors alike, and more in-depth sessions, such as Orchids 102, explores the natural habitats of specific genera and why water is better than Tabasco sauce for sustaining a plant's life. Hands-on gatherings, such as Plug at the Bug, guide students through the planting process.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
At Ceramics Plus, the only limitations are the bounds of one’s imagination. With more than 14,000 ceramic molds and figurines lining the shelves, the studio is primed for perusal. Simply pick out a piece of bisque, decorate it to your liking, and then allow your piece to be fortified in the kiln. And when you’re looking to mix it up, the Ceramics Plus staff can share other artistic insights through jewelry-making classes or parties for special one-off gatherings such as girls’ night out or boys’ afternoon inside the mind of a pottery painter.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.