The human memory begins to record events around age 3, a phenomenon discovered in 1898 by a man who has since been forgotten. Keep beloved memories intact with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get a one-day scrapbooking retreat at Phoenix Scrapbook Cottage (a $60 value).
Six-foot tables fill the quiet rooms of the 95-year-old cottage with workspace for cobblers of memories to serenely unleash their creativity with minimal distraction on weekends from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Comfortable rolling chairs cradle busily working artists, and full-spectrum lights illuminate tiny details and self-healing cutting mats. Electricity flows steadily from sockets at each station as laptops hold digital hands with the long arm of the wireless network. A fully outfitted tool center corrals a computer with more than 1,000 fonts, a wide-format printer and scanner, and a bevy of stamp sets perfect for personalizing dozing friends' faces.
Located in the eclectic residential mishmash of the East Evergreen Historic District, Scrapbook Cottage showcases pale-green walls and warm hardwood floors that shelter a quiet, calm organization within. A fully equipped kitchen and a self-serve snack bar allow up to 14 guests to prepare their own meals, satisfy munchies, or fulfill their secret wish to melt M&Ms over popcorn.