Furnish 123 serves single-price platters of furniture and home accents in an assortment of colors, textures, and designs. House outfitters can use Furnish 123's Create Your Own Space online service to visualize how a plush sofa ($399) or pillow ($19–$24) might look in a living room or inside a private jet. Three-piece table sets ($199 each) spotlight clean lines and the classic dark-wood finish of the Ripley collection or the modern Palmetto collection. Cubit ottomans ($99) stow small items beneath cushy footholds, and barstools ($79) keep suds-sipping guests from sprawling out on the grand piano.
Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.
Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
When Max Schneiderman began his family’s business, it was a grocery store first and foremost. Then Schneiderman’s began to carry a few furniture items and slowly these grew to overshadow the cans of soup and produce until the furnishings finally swallowed the foodstuffs whole.
Now, Schneiderman's Furniture has spread from the Iron Range to spots throughout the Twin Cities. The showrooms stock local and foreign furniture from more than 100 manufacturers. Many items in stock can be customized in color and texture to match a homeowner's current obsession with plastic flamingos.
McQuoid’s Inn is, as its motto says, a “place for all seasons.” Cabins and condos—some of which can accommodate up to 12 guests—are equipped with outdoor fire pits for the warmer months and indoor fireplaces for the cold ones. Year-round activities include fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter; expert guides are on hand to take you to the best spots. Depending on the season, canoe and snowmobile rentals are also available.