SWEATING IT OUTFIT
If your New Year’s resolutions once again include getting into shape, why not make this season’s premiere in style? Slipping into this pseudo-tuxedo sweatsuit will make any exercise attempt a gala affair. With black satin stripes down each leg, an eyelet bib with rhinestone accents and a velvet bow tie, this whimsical sportswear set is the end in exercise apparel (and certain to inspire repeat performances). This year, run your tail off- in “tails”! Two-piece sweatsuit (S-M-L) $75 at Enjoy, 200 Valley View Center. Mon-Sat 10-9. 934-3153.
KITCHEN FOR KIDS
If you’re burned out thinking of new ways to keep youngsters happily occupied during these chilly months, here’s a delicious idea that’s as fun for the kids as it is educational: a cooking school for children. Supervised by teachers (and program founders) Louise Montjoy and Ellen McDowell with Meg Oates, smart cookies from 3 to 12 will learn the basics of the culinary arts from food preparation to the cooking of an entire meal. The teachers’ recipe for success includes helping children develop basic skills (cognitive, motor, language and sensory) through the process of meal preparation in a warm, enjoyable setting. One thing is certain: Both you and your kids will eat it up! The Montjoy of Cooking, 6003A Berkshire Lane. This year’s six-week sessions begin on January 9. For more information, call 361-9848.
Say goodbye to 1983 by lifting a glass – but not just any glass. Since “all’s well that ends well,” why not end this year very well by pouring your New dear’s Eve bubbly into these crystal champagne flutes? Created by award-winning Finnish designer Timo Sarpaneva, these goblets (in the “Arkipelago” pattern) will hold your spirits with a spirit quite their own. The captivating swirls and bubbles captured in the base of the glass suggest the beauty of ice sculpture – but these aren’t just for Auld Lang Syne. Truly something to celebrate year-round, these flutes deserve a hand. They’re $39 for a box of two (cordial glasses $37 for two) at The Scandinavian Shop, 5500 Greenville in Old Town. Mon-Sat 10:30-6:30 (or later by appointment). 691-9270.
Wintry weather can discourage all but the hardiest plants, but something’s always blooming inside The Plant Gallery. After a purchase totaling $25 or more (which doesn’t have to be made at one time), budding horticulturists can become members of the Plant of the Month Club. Each month for a year, gardeners can choose a small plant to add to their collection -free! Sure to stem the tide of cold-weather doldrums, this fruitful opportunity will leave those who haven’t yet joined the ivy league simply green with envy. Available at The Plant Gallery, 335 Medallion Center. Mon-Sat 9:30-7. 368-2215.
January may be a good month for bargain hunting, but your body can take a beating. If running around has made your feet tired and sore, here’s a stroke of good fortune: a foot massager, made by Star Case of movable wooden beads. It looks like an abacus, and you’ll be able to count the ways it alleviates discomfort. What’s the rub? By moving your feet against the massager, the tiny spheres will knead overworked feet, providing quick relief that will allow you, once more, to put your best foot forward. It’s $10 at Woolf Bros., 515 NorthPark Center. Mon-Fri 10-9, Sat 10-6. 369-8811.