The tigers, lions, and jaguars at Henry Doorly Zoo may not realize it, but the professionals at Lumbermen’s Hearth & Home expertly laid the brick walls that surround their cat complex. Constructing brick and stone exteriors for exotic animals is just one of the ambitious projects Lumbermen’s has tackled since 1932, when they opened their doors with the mission of serving local lumberyards. After eight decades of hard work, the fourth-generation family-owned operation gradually expanded the scope and size of their business, which now houses four sprawling showrooms. These spaces showcase myriad options for customizing their customers’ decks and outdoor landscapes, such as grills from brands including Napoleon, patio furniture, and fire pits. Lumbermen’s also makes interiors cozy, tricking out living rooms with fireplaces and stoves capable of burning fraudulent tax documents rolled into logs.
7 Day Furniture helps shoppers outfit their living rooms, offices, and dining spaces in new and cleanly kept consignment pieces via its expansive showrooms. Among home accessories, table lamps ($24.99+) can help curb a house’s fear of the dark, and stately room dividers ($59.99+) help create neat boundaries for feuding roommates. Home havers can also opt to keep their headwear and coats from cluttering bustling walkways with the help of a hall tree ($19.99+). Shroud floors in lively rugs ($49+), or pick up one of the stores’ vibrant futons or klik klaks ($89.99+) to make sure visiting houseguests and finicky poltergeists have a comfortable place to snooze. Collections of dining-room, living-room, and bedroom pieces help keep all interior spaces fashionably filled in.
Five beginner knitting classes at The Yarn Shop will take fledgling yarn spinners over all the knitting basics—knitting and purling, increasing and decreasing, ribbing, and more—as they complete their first scarf. The cost of all materials is covered, including a light or bright wool yarn and size-eight bamboo, circular needles. Additional supplies are available for purchase; the shop carries a full line of knitting and crocheting supplies and enough yarn to fill the scalps of a race of giant Raggedy Ann’s. Help is always available for projects, which many people bring to the shop to work on as they socialize and weave the names of disloyal latch hookers onto their tea cozies. Enjoy a dessert and specialty coffee or tea from The Yarn Shop's Pink Sheep Cafe. See the website for class schedules and pricing.
Sunlight glints off the multihued dinner plates and stained glass lamps inside ArtGlass Unlimited, a local glassware emporium that’s made inimitable glass pieces since 1982. On top of these creations, the onsite artists build commissioned glasswork for local businesses and opera singers looking to gauge their high notes. They also helm classes in glass art, guiding students through creating their own masterpieces, from stained glass windows to pendants, beads, and kiln-fired jewelry.
The staffers at It’s All Roses create one-of-a-kind arrangements of wooden roses that fool nature by standing the test of time. They specialize in weddings and funerals, for which they deliver at no cost to any church or funeral home. In addition to beautifying homes, the team gives back to the community by donating proceeds to charitable causes such as the American Cancer Society.
Finishing Touches abounds with stationery, candles, artwork, and seasonal décor ideal for home decorating or gift giving. Shoppers can furnish dinner parties with a set of handmade Beatriz Ball metal serving pieces to spruce up a batch of hors d'oeuvres or turn a breakfast of Fruit Loops into a classy brunch ($40+). A collection of Archipelago Botanicals body washes, lotions, and candles ($20–$50) envelops both bodies and abodes in favorable fragrances. Finishing Touches' stationery collection includes Caspari paper goods, which make suitable gifts and an ideal medium for friends to write thank-you notes in gratitude for their new Caspari paper goods ($3–$20).