Northwestern Cutlery's knife-sharpening tools have refined kitchen knives' razor-sharp edges for more than 50 years. Though the shop started as a knife sharpener for local packing houses and delis, it now also offers professional and amateur chefs hard-to-find cooking gadgets from brands such as Le Creuset and OXO.
These plant- and mineral-based Green Planet Paints contain no lead or noxious volatile organic compounds but are just as durable and vibrant as the typical can of paint. Choose from colors such as Neptune (bright blue), Juniper (forest green), Grenadine (dark red), Nutmeg (light brown) and Autumn (crunchy leaf with a touch of compost).
Free delivery. Five-year guarantee with each product. Handcrafted pieces inspired by a distinguished roster of designers such as Eileen Gray and Arne Jacobsen. These are just a few of the perks of shopping at Infurn, a European furniture emporium that vends décor at 50-75% off retail prices. Determined to exceed each customer’s expectations, Infurn stocks its virtual shelves with appealingly modern items such as two-tier Monte Carlo sofas and Romeo Moon suspension lights, ensuring its customers a one-of-a-kind backdrop in their homes or well-appointed treehouses.
Sam's Club works with a worldwide network of suppliers to find in-demand products and premium food items, and then purchases them in large quantities to cut down on costs. The result is an average 33% savings over traditional retail prices. To date, the club counts more than 47 million amongst its ranks, spread across more than 600 club locations.
Sam's Club members often find something surprising in club—with values on anything from holiday decor to diamond earrings. The festive savings carry through all departments, as a trip through a typical Sam's Club reveals home decor, Energy Star–qualified TVs and computers, and pet supplies. In other aisles, associates hand out samples of food from name brands and the club's proprietary grocery lines. In-club pharmacies and optical centers fill discounted medications and fit members with eyewear.
Perhaps most surprising about Sam's Club is that, despite the ever-growing number of clubs, the company stays tied to its local communities. In 2012 alone, Sam's Club donated $106.4 million to various causes, such as helping small business owners secure loans. The clubs also host free health screenings and the occasional special event, such as weight-loss seminars and business boot camps. But the company also tackles some of the global issues on its members' minds. As of 2010, Sam's Club began offsetting 20% of its energy use from wind power—only a small step towards its ultimate goal of harnessing 100% renewable energy, just like an extension cord plugged back into itself.
The encapsulation experts at The Frame Shop at Michael Cleary preserve prize artwork and cherished memorabilia behind chic moulding and light-loathing, museum-quality glass. Since every project contains unique demands, dimensions, and quantities of dormant cicadas, prices can vary, though frame experts work with clients to accommodate both their design plans and budget constraints. Sustainability-focused products by Larson-Juhl lock away keepsakes with vintage and contemporary moulding styles ($21.75–$275/ft.). An 8"x10" photo might gain depth and character with a 2-inch border of precision matting ($18+) cut with Wizard International technology that can trim oval, circular, or specialized v-grooves for personalized designs. In its 25-year history, The Frame Shop has won commissions from the Smithsonian, White House, and State Department, and has used its expertise on projects as diverse as shadow-boxing a piece of the Berlin Wall, mounting game-worn autographed jerseys, and reconstituting the self-destructed fragments of a spy college diploma.
Furnishings from distributors and manufacturers across the United States converge inside Far Below Retail's showrooms, allowing clients a glimpse of sofas, mattresses, and tables that can be safely delivered to homes. The artisans at Chicago-native Coaster Furniture fashion sofas and love seats that, in many cases, can grace doorsteps, patios, or underground bunkers on purchase dates. Other items require a brief shipment period, such as AC Pacific's line of plush mattresses and pillows from Rancho Cucamonga, California.