A stack of pumpkins, a penguin, and a Barbie doll rarely share an origin story, but the pastry chefs at SugarBakers Cakes have hand-crafted all three from moist cake and frosting. They create cakes that range from classic carrot cakes to lifelike 3D confections, incorporating ingredients such as chocolate mousse, lemon curd, and coconut pecan icing. Honored by The Knot, WeddingWire, and four other establishments for their 2013 wedding cakes, the chefs can tailor their designs to suit a wedding’s unique theme or a reception venue.
Paul Mitchell–certified stylists tame coifs within Lucky Three Barber Shop's rock-themed studio, decked out with vinyl records, classic album covers, and prints of throwback cinema stars. The staff keeps up with the latest in men’s and women’s hairstyles, and won’t hesitate to perform a total hair overhaul if given the go-ahead. Aestheticians are also on hand to wax eyebrows into shape and apply makeup for special occasions. For the guys, a hot beard and head shave will leave skin as silky-smooth as a newborn saxophone.
One of the largest furniture retailers in the country, RoomStore offers furnishings for all tastes and budgets. Browse elegantly practical seating for the dining room such as a Manhattan side chair with a faux leather seat ($129.99) or a Hancock bench, a classic medieval trestle form that welcomes soul sacks with dignity ($199.99), like the moon welcomes a handsome astronaut. Bedroom pieces are sturdy beauties, such as the Montpelier nightstand ($199.99), that have matching mirrors ($75+) to boast your own beauty. A selection of kids’ furniture, accent tables, and armoires proves RoomStore's forest of furnishings has the makings to feather any nest, birdhouse, or airy loft apartment. Reliable delivery teams ensure furniture is placed and assembled in the preferred spot, be it on the roof or nestled inside a kitchen cupboard.
Gardiners Furniture offers a variety of traditional and contemporary furniture for living rooms, bedrooms, home offices, and more in its expansive storerooms. Outfit your living room with an in-vogue two-piece ottoman ($161) by Signature Design Rayanne and a Toscana rectangular cocktail table ($179) from Ashley Furniture. Or, replace unsightly metal with stately wood in your home office with an Ashley Furniture two-drawer file cabinet ($224). Other items include a traditional handsome wooden 3-drawer end table ($242) and a Heritage TV cart by Eagle Industries ($359), ideal for taunting the floating TVs of the future with what could have been.
Armed with an arsenal of equipment from brands such as Bridgepoint Systems and a variety of cleaning solutions, the expert crew of Dynasty Home Services has been ousting spots from carpets and cleaning grout for more than 10 years. With environmentally safe, hypoallergenic, and bacteria-killing options available, the techs render upholstery and tiling free of odors and soil. In addition to their cleaning treatments, they also install and repair carpeting, and back these services with a customer-satisfaction guarantee.