Within a spacious showroom brimming with stylish-yet-functional furniture, La-Z-Boy’s knowledgeable staffers and design experts work tirelessly to help shoppers select accoutrement suited to their individual tastes. To do so, they harness the in-store Screen Test system, which allows patrons to envision the store's signature recliners and sofas in a full spectrum of fabrics and colors. A fleet of harmonizing furnishings—including tables and ottomans—make any room a home’s most popular one, guaranteeing it a date to the basement’s prom.
In the antique business since 1967, Duane Hill uses his experienced, discerning eye and his contacts from the world over to fill his 6,000-square-foot barn with well-cared-for antique home goods, art, and collectibles. He sorts through weekly shipments to augment the large furniture section, stocked with diverse styles such as mission oak, art deco, Victorian, and French furnishings. A visit to the store is rather like a treasure hunt—visitors browse thousands of items, including mirrors, china dishes, chairs, and rugs, and pause to gape at the near-mint condition of a centuries-old item or to scoop up a picture frame or vase that suits their style. The shop also carries rare Alaskan artifacts, including mammoth tusks, carvings, and art made from soapstone, baleen, ivory, and snowballs. A member of the International Society of Appraisers, Duane also does appraisals of customers' items, and his staff can expertly restore furniture to give old items new life.
Metro Cooks' recently expanded suppliery houses an array of professional-quality cookware, great for equipping home mess halls and surprising food fanatics. A selection of cooks' tools from a number of top brands, including Chef N, Zyliss, Salter, and Rosle, makes peeling carrots quicker and grating cheese easier on the fingernails ($7.25+) and scores of professional-grade steel knives from Wusthof, Henkels, and others improve slicing precision ($7.49+). The plugged-in paddles and blades of Krupps and Cuisinart appliances chop veggies and mix dough to the pliable consistency necessary for bread sculptures of Martha Stewart ($35.99+). Add zest to favorite dishes with tasty truffle oil, fig jam, barbecue-spice rubs, and specialty salts ($4.99+) or benefit from the baking prowess of All-Clad, Le Creuset, and Emile Henry cookware ($23.99+).
Like the centaur of the beauty world, Marie’s Beauty Salon and Supply seamlessly combines two creatures into one attractive whole. Entering the warmly lit studio lined with woodgrain and potted plants, guests may feel as though they’ve found the secret meeting place of their favorite beauty products—shelves are full of shampoos, conditioners, nail polishes, and skin creams by brands such as Kevin Murphy, Redken, Paul Mitchell, Moroccanoil, and Nioxin. But past the aisles lies a secret. Attached to the beauty supplier, a full-fledged salon rife with golden walls, zebra-print couches, and a flat-screen TV houses talented stylists and aestheticians who boost well-being and beauty with spa treatments and artful hairstyling. Each boasts a well-honed knowledge of every product in the next room, helping them silkify tresses and laminate lackluster nails while educating clients about what formulas will suit them best. The technicians can also smooth skin with high-tech services such as noninvasive MicroCurrent therapy, which treats fine lines and firms and improves the face's muscle tone, or Hydralessence facials, which hydrate skin dried out from trying to snuggle with heat lamps.
?Clich?? and ?mundane? are not words one would use to describe The Look?s cache of chic clothing, lingerie, and adult products. The 7,000-square-foot boutique houses rack upon rack of fashionable streetwear alongside sensual bras, panties, and costumes. It also stocks hard-to-find adult accessories such as massage oils, lotions, and incense designed to enhance romance. Garments? tags reveal upscale brands such as Obey, Lucky-13, Dreamgirl, and Seven 'til Midnight.
Inside its colorful storefront, Metro Music & Book Store stocks an extensive collection of previously-read fiction and nonfiction, nestled alongside rows of folk, rock, pop, hip-hop, and blues albums. Many of Metro Music’s publications sell for at least half off the cover price ($8 on average), so even relatively new releases are within the reach of frugally minded book worms. In the music collection, color-coded sections allow for easy genre-based browsing for the most mind-melting cuts and the grooviest subliminal messages (CDs start at $8.98). To give a newfound book a quick scan, customers can hang out at the in-store Café Felix, a laid-back spot to sip on daily roasted coffee, snack on crêpes, and read a best-selling novel about a talking vacuum cleaner that becomes UN Secretary-General.