Shelves stretch across the walls of The Pottery Piazza, abounding with more than 1,500 bisque mugs, plates, and figurines in need of decoration. Beside them sit stencils, brushes, bottles of paint, and more than 100 types of glaze. At the tables, clients adorn their blank bisque canvases with paint while sipping from their favorite home-brought wine. Staff members stroll up and down the store, eagerly awaiting their chance to offer advice on the best ways to design a piece, perform artistic techniques, or accidentally drop incriminating evidence into the kiln. During fairer weather, painters lay claim to the tables on the front patio, painting, snacking, and socializing alfresco style. Throughout the year, the shop hosts special events, including private parties, kids' summer camps, and BYOB ladies nights.
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.
A member of the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute, Battiston’s has been maintaining outfit appearances since 1946 with dry-cleaning and restoration services. Battiston’s clothing technicians liberate shirts ($2.70), blouses ($6.25), and pants ($8.25) of built-up dirt particles and the remnants of all-you-can-eat pancake buffets. Prepare sports jackets ($8.25) or two-piece suits ($16.50) for power plays, or win over suspicious dinner guests with a well-kept sweater ($8.25) or dress ($16). To enhance clothing’s natural creases, garment owners can opt to revive pleats. Extra attention can also be lavished upon fragile silk garments, delicate linings, and adorable babies.
Furniture Emporium stocks a wide variety of American-made home furnishings in a cozy 1801 structure on Route 44 in Canton. Visitors can browse furniture by Harden, Clayton Marcus, Four Seasons, and quality Amish wood furniture. The company's talented decorators also reupholster furniture and make custom slipcovers and window treatments.