In business for more than 30 years, Kem's multihued shop brims with a rainbow hodgepodge of thrilling goods, from linens to clever gifts. A variety of fragrance delivery systems includes room sprays, oils, candles, and diffusers (from $20), bringing a pleasant aroma to homes or subterranean mole kingdoms. Peruse products from brands including Lampe Berger, Aromatique Home Fragrance, and Crabtree and Evelyn (gift sets starting at $30).
Tobacco Leaf Boutique’s style mavens stuff the 2,300-square-foot showroom with an ever-rotating array of quality threads for female forms seeking fashion singularity. A limited selection of each style lessens the risk of two people wearing the same astronaut suit to space-station-opening galas. Exclusive dresses ($60+) and tops ($50+) from Johnny Was or Cartise drape feminine shoulders in both dressy folds and casually winking pleats. Otherwise, jump into a pair of jeans ($60–$175) from rivet artists Dish Jeans or Velvet Heart and dazzle friends with your unusual method for putting on pants. Necklaces, bracelets, and other jewelry ($15–$150) add a glint of flickering gold to Tobacco Leaf’s chocolate crown molding, punctuated by occasional bursts of green-leafed foliage sprouting from untended display shoes.
Lewis Picture Framing’s experienced frame architects construct frames and cut mats to assemble customized frames in-shop. Choose from more than 2,000 frame samples to artfully encase family portraits, paintings, and antique Garbage Pail Kids. Custom framing includes molding, mats, glass, backing, and assembly (an average $150 value) and emergency framing is available for last-minute gifts. Lewis Picture Framing’s quality frames take the art of hanging art beyond such jejune measures as tacky industrial-strength sticky tack, staple-tape taple staping, and hiring long-armed men to hold your art against the wall.
Coulter Gardens & Nursery's big red barn, full of everything necessary to grow gardens and tend lawns, rests on a sprawling five acres. Knowledgeable staffers acquaint guests with an arsenal of planting paraphernalia such as 12-pound sacks of Ferti-lome A-vert lawn food ($29.95), enough to satisfy the cravings of 2,000 square feet of greens while defending helpless lawns from predatory weed wolves for up to six months. Live plants like Hardy Boy annual flowers ($1.99 for a four-pack) and 3- to 4-year-old fruit trees ($36.95) spring from pots, and a variety of grass, flower, and vegetable seeds wait for soil. Those looking to trick out backyards can peruse Coulter's orderly stacks of nestling terra-cotta pots and strings of fluttering wind chimes, or apply their Groupon toward a larger purchase, such as a Backyard Adventures tree house or jungle gym to really indulge horticultural mid-life crises.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.
In the last 10 years, Picture It On Canvas's founder and CEO Bob McKeon has applied more than three decades of software-sales-management experience to create six Internet-based companies. With Picture It On Canvas now his primary focus, McKeon strives to appease all clients with approachable customer service and a no-questions-asked return policy. Picture It On Canvas takes customer-uploaded photographs and prints them on archival-quality material such as canvas, metal, and hand-chiseled slate, forging a durable keepsake for customers to hang on their walls or dangle from the grills of their automobiles. Buyers can also blend several images into a collage or divide one photograph into four color schemes with a kaleidoscopic piece of pop art.