Take a peek into Chef's Stop's culinary cache to find an abundance of gourmet gadgets, gizmos, and goodies that better equip your kitchen for impromptu feasts in the king's honor. Chef-quality cookware and bakeware line the aisles in heavy-duty sparkle, casting illumination on top countertop performers from Cuisinart and Waring. Perk up your at-home percolation style with a new Capresso four-cup espresso machine ($59), or sharpen your sense of savvy by using this Groupon toward a classic eight-piece set of high-end knives from Wusthof ($349.99). Using super-sharp cutting tools not only makes food prep easier and safer, it may also cause even your most frigid iceberg lettuce to warm up and stop withholding its gestures of affection.
Launched 5 years ago, Mattress Source has grown from a plucky family-run enterprise to a regional institution, soothing aching backs and brightening up dream times with masterfully engineered mattresses of all makes and types. Models from brands such as Simmons, Corsicana, Restonic, and Spring Air enrich the third of your life spent asleep and the eighth of your life spent practicing trust falls with thick, long-lasting constructions designed to support and relax the body. The inventory promotes deep sleep and good health through a range of mattress types, from the strong, nonsagging innerspring design to the pillowy comfort of sheets of memory foam and latex.
At Pottery Hollow, kids and adults alike find inspiration to create ceramic works of art from a fanciful story about a potter in need of an apprentice to help him and his fairy friends adorn ceramic mugs, platters, and knickknacks with colorful paint. Guests enter the potter's enchanted hollow?complete with twisted tree trunks and brightly colored chairs?to work on the unpainted pieces stored deep beneath the forest. While guests create their masterpieces, staffers keep them supplied with paints and brushes and take finished pieces to be baked in the kiln.
In addition to walk-in sessions, Pottery Hollow's three locations host parties and events such as mommy-and-me sessions, bridal showers, and corporate events. And on Friday nights until 9 p.m., ladies can create beautiful works of art while sipping on their favorite BYOB drinks. Staffers also craft custom pieces in one to two weeks, which can be given as gifts, kept as future heirlooms, or offered as sacrifices to the home-decor gods.
Kohler City Hardware helps homeowners to repair, sharpen, renew, and stock their home with a plethora of essential supplies. In the spirit of winter, guests can swing through the shop to pick up bags of de-icing salt ($6.99) or toboggan sleds ($12.99). Skilled service people stand at the ready, performing all manner of tasks, from replicating keys ($1.79) to refilling propane tanks ($12.99/20 lb. tank) to estimating how many rocket scientists customers should hire to screw in a single light bulb.
For the experts at Fireside Hearth & Home at Arnold Stove & Fireplace, playing with fire is just part of the job. The professional heat-handlers pair customers' gas and wood-burning stoves to warm homes and easily dispose of excess wicker men. Their array of barbecue grills, including Napoleon stainless-steel models and Big Green Egg contraptions available in multiple sizes, stand ready to delight hamburger flippers. The experts also supply gas-burning logs, install new indoor and outdoor fireplaces, and ensure safety by sending CSIA-certified technicians to sweep chimneys clear of bird nests, fallen bricks, or Dick Van Dyke.