When owners Nancy Kanter and Julie Byrne founded Clay Café more than 14 years ago, they wanted to establish a cozy, unpretentious environment where families could spend quality time pottery-painting and embarking on other art projects. Describing what they envisioned to the Columbus Dispatch, Byrne stated, “We kind of wanted a grandma kitchen—something homey.” At Clay Café, visitors might forget they’re not relaxing in their own homes amid the studio’s popular mismatched chairs, flower tablecloths, and resident father yelling at a sports game on TV. The hospitable owners invite guests of all ages to let their artist instincts run wild during open-ended potter-painting sessions, and they host an array of special events including baby showers and birthday parties.
Mattress Mart's slumber experts stock their stores with locally made and major-brand sleep surfaces—such as Serta and Englander—in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Customers can rest their backs on the firm billows of a Posture Cushion twin set or support larger-scale lumbar regions with a soft, flippable Crazy Quilt king-size set. Mattress Mart also curates the Pure Rest line, which boasts a stamp of approval from the Ohio State Chiropractic Association for its top-notch support second only to sleeping on a pile of loving aunts.
Eurolife Furniture peddles an eye-catching blend of the finest modern, European-style furnishings and accessories to aestheticize any chamber. Outfit a living space with a funky Utility Side Table ($129) or a comfy cushioned armchair ($159). A white nightstand ($99) for your bedroom can comfortably protect headgear from anti-dentite bogeymen, and the Arden table ($150) can impart a dining area with upscale café pizzazz. Contemporary kids will love the drop stool ($159), a carved-out orange orb that lodges progressive posteriors. Office items run the gamut from knee chairs ($149) to wall cabinets ($179), and you can endow any nook with flair or cover up wormholes with a number of accessories.
Furniture Land's savvy design team stays on the lookout for new trends in interiors, stocking the store’s two show rooms with classic and contemporary collections from designers including Ashley and Coaster. The store also offers custom upholstering for shoppers who can’t find what they’re looking for among the show rooms’ selection of leather sofas, microfiber love seats, bedroom sets, and more. Expedited delivery is free to homes and walk-in terrariums located within 8 miles.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
A consignment store filled with gently used furniture and décor, Experienced Possessions outfits homes with pieces that add utility and style. Visitors can shuffle about the store in search of hidden gems, inspecting the plush fabrics of sofa upholstery and the rich finishes of wooden tables. New stock arrives daily, making guests feel as up-to-date as the crystal ball on which all newscasts are based. In a typical visit, furniture-seekers may discover treasures such as a Scandinavian maple bookshelf ($49 for a 30"x36"x11" piece) or a Henredon sofa table ($75 for a 54”x16”x27” piece) fit to support a beautiful vase or a beloved book of knock-knock jokes. Customers can enlist the store’s helpful staff to find a wooden dining chair with a cane bottom ($55). With more than 20 years of furniture-peddling experience, the store can help shoppers to wrangle accoutrements suitable for a new home, living-room makeover, or indoor rodeo.