An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s wondrous warehouse. Pick up a Matrix accent chair ($249) in a bevy of academic hues, such as scarlet, black, and chocolate brown, then use it to accent your next book club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. A Cubit ottoman with a flip top ($99) comes paired for two potential sets of weary feet. Augment somnolence and fill the skeletal squares of empty bed frames with mattress sets from household brands such as Sealy and Tempur-Pedic.
Dish It Out exists as an outlet for crafty crafters to conceive elegant pottery, glass, and jewelry pieces without having to transform their tidy homes into Chianti-spattered art studios. Potential projects include pottery painting (pieces range from $1.50–$50), where spectrum-wielders can colorfully adorn a plate, figurine, or makeshift spittoon to their aesthetic preference. Afterward, Dish It Out will glaze and fire the piece, which the eager artiste can pick up within a week. Create alluring necklaces at Dish It Out's bead bar (pricing varies per bead), a stunning stockpile of sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, and real gemstones. Budding Bogeys and Bacalls can immortalize their handprints in a clay slab (starting at one hand for $25), and history buffs can use glass fusion ($16–$60) to fashion a plate commemorating George Washington's famous crossing of the Ganges.
The scent of freshly popped popcorn fills the air as customers carrying complimentary paper bags of the buttery kernels meander through aisles of birding supplies, gardening tools, home décor, and eclectic gifts from around the globe. Eighty employees advise customers on home projects and purchases such as gas and charcoal grills from brands including Big Green Egg and Weber. Before new grills fire up hamburger patties or outstanding parking tickets, the kitchen department's wall of gadgets, serving ware, and party supplies completes any checklist of barbecue necessities. The home-repair and project areas include a Benjamin Moore station with custom paint-blending services to mix up sample colors to find the perfect hue. Outdoors, the garden area encloses a hand-selected assortment of leafy green plants in a natural, garden-like setting alongside birdbaths and fountains. The birding department carries more than 100 different feeders and specialty seed blends to attract tiny hummingbirds or tiny bee-riding knights.
BINDERS Art Supplies and Frames has been helping starving artists since 1488, when it was known as BINDERS Pizza and Art Supplies. It's where a young Michelangelo pointed at a paintbrush, and with a mouthful of gorgeous mozzarella and a thick Italian accent asked, "What'sa that?" It's where Rembrandt learned to create without frustration and enjoy stewed tomatoes. It's where Monet bought a field easel and a chili dog.
Shower Me With Love douses parents with a deluge of useful wares to take care of baby's sleeping, feeding, clothing, and bathing needs. Swaddle your writhing bundle of joy in a body-binding miracle blanket ($35) before nestling the tyke into a My Brest Friend nursing pillow ($39.99) for chow time. Décor items, including lamps and wall art, foster humans' sense of feng shui, as does the comfortable array of cradle and Cribs-worthy bedding options. The bath department provides parents with the all the latest necessities to tend to their offsprings' toilette, while the gear section mobilizes babies with carriers, car seats, and strollers. Clothing from Daily Tea and Trumpette keeps wee ones outfitted.