The Harris Garden Center evolved from the Harris Seed Company, a Rochester gardening authority since 1879, and it continues to uphold a high horticultural standard through a wide variety of annuals, vegetables, and supplies. The store showcases more than 10 themed Christmas trees, including traditional, Adirondack, and sports-centric saplings. Confuse tree bark by hanging a bulldog ornament ($2.75) from its limbs or let a sports-figure ornament ($6.99) display impossible athletic ability as it stays suspended in the air. Other ornamental options include ballet slippers ($3.99), wine bottles ($4.99–$12.99), and an acutely shrunken school bus ($5.49).
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
With 45 years of wicker-weaving experience, Ridge Rattan decorates homes and apartments with its own original pieces and other furnishings from well-known brands. Living up to their legacy as rattan workers and antique-basketball-hoop designers, the talented craftsmen fill floor space with handsome cane work in pieces such as a 20"x17" rattan bench ($250) or a 24-inch rattan glass-top end table ($175). Enhance a drab bedroom or den with elegant items from notable labels, such as armoires from American Drew and Lane Venture or sofa sets from Norwalk and Braxton Culler. Ridge Rattan also cradles bodies with seats made in-house, such as Mackey chairs ($300) and custom stools ($197), both personalized with the shopper's choice of finish, fabric, and hidden booby traps.
For more than 45 years, Unclaimed Freight's family of owners has stocked their expansive showroom with household furniture and mattresses from trusted brands. They can peddle designer merchandise at discount prices thanks to the fact that they purchase closeouts, canceled orders, discontinued products, and armoires that were mistakenly declared haunted. Mattresses from Therapedic and Spring Air slide into sturdy bed frames, while upholstered and leather couches in a variety of styles pair with occasional tables from Ashley or Harden.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from Coaster, Forbidden City, Harden, Sealy, Old Town Imports, and other top brands help customers capture the furniture species of their choice sans long waiting periods. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid-hardwood Leonardo bed ($347–$516) backed by a strong, modern headboard the color of morning espresso but the flavor of tufted upholstery. Taking home a Davenport nightstand ($125) means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills.
Mattress Mattress of WNY Inc. promotes sweet dreams with a gallery of quality sleeping surfaces. Mattresses from top brands such as Sealy and Stearns & Foster come outfitted with features such as an extra-firm feel, Posturepedic pillow-tops, and pre-inserted peas to determine the legitimacy of a supposed princess.