Looking to channel your inner artist? These three must-visit specialty art stores not only stock a unique selection, they also offer exciting hands-on classes.
Lotus Design Group, Stuart
This waterfront studio, operated by Rick Eggert, is home to fine-crafted modern room accents. Visitors can shop the dynamic gallery for the perfect conversation piece and participate in a variety of glassblowing classes.
At Lotus Design Group (772-214-2103), visitors can watch the glass-making process live during most business hours. Marvel as Eggert transforms liquid glass in front of a 2,400-degree furnace into contoured masterpieces.
McMow Art Glass, Lake Worth
Browse for unique stained-glass gifts and supplies in McMow’s (561-585-9011) vibrant retail store. A leader in the industry, the locale provides classes where students can make items such as stained-glass night-lights, fused glass garden stakes and holiday displays.
Iris Moon’s Boca Beads, Boca Raton
Whether you’re hunting for rare gemstones or a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece, Iris Moon’s Boca Beads (561-477-8760) is your source for everything beads. The boutique teaches classes at different experience levels, and all are welcome to Thursday beading nights—a store tradition—for food, fun and, of course, beading.
New Kid on the Block
Who: Janelle Lang, a 25-year executive with Gap Inc., inspired by international travel, her experiences in Rwanda and new knowledge from her master’s program
What: Shoppe 561, Lang’s approach to retail, features handcrafted items made exclusively by Florida artists. The store sells quality, hard-to-find jewelry, baby gifts and toys, gourmet food, home furnishings, personalized products and more. Art classes will also be available.
When: Shoppe 561 opens its doors November 1.
Where: 319 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach
Why: “Unlocking creativity, building community, supporting worthy causes, believing no matter what there is always hope—that’s Shoppe 561,” Lang says. A portion of proceeds from Shoppe 561 will go toward South Florida organizations dedicated to ending human trafficking, a cause Lang is passionate about.