Bejeweled with gem-like skewered grapes, the Delicious Fruit Design bouquet pops with a starburst of chocolate-drenched and undrenched strawberries rocketing past honeydew slices. Skillfully shaped cantaloupe daisies sport glistening pineapple petals, communicating love to significant others or appreciation to favorite limbo dancers. Alternatively, woo eyes and tongues with chocolate-drenched apple wedges, handsomely arranged in a gift-ready box. A dozen ripe strawberries hand-dipped in semisweet chocolate peek out of their package, tempting onlookers with finger-staining juiciness. Whether drizzled in chocolate or served au naturel, each bite remains free of preservatives and lower-back tattoos.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
Utilizing 17 years of plant-rearing expertise, Farmhouse Flowers & Plants thrills discerning nostrils with an olfactory smorgasbord of locally grown blossoms, perennials, bedding plants, and herbs. Peruse one of the farm's four booths at area farmers' markets, and encounter year-round and seasonal offerings dazzling enough to brighten the day of the Harlem Globetrotters' perpetually doomed opponents. Seventy-five varieties of plants clamor for your green thumb's attention, from zinnias ($0.75/stem) to sunflowers ($1.50 each) and lilies ($4/stem). A mid-May peony harvest ($4 each) peppers chlorophyll-based arrangements with the kaleidoscopic buds, and potted rosemary ($3.75/4" pot) and basil ($2.75/3" pot) add a professional touch to home cooking without the hair-flattening effects of a chef's toque.
Amicus Green Building Center brings an eco-friendly approach to the building process with its inventory of green and sustainable materials. Each product in the store undergoes extensive review to determine its potential energy savings, environmental integrity, and ability to intimidate smog that shows up unannounced to dinner parties. New initiates into the world of healthy eco-living may wish to start with a safety test kit ($10.95 each) to discover just how much asbestos, lead dust, or radon lurks in the shadowy recesses of their home. Said shadows can be banished with the efficient lighting of compact fluorescent light bulbs ($5.19 each for small bulbs), which offer long life and warm light quality, or light-emitting diodes ($60.40 each for recessed bulbs) that pack an average 40,000 hours, or approximately 80,000 equally illuminating episodes of Frasier, of light.
The window dressers at Home Blinds of America dress up houses' eyes by installing blinds, shutters, and shades customized to match window size and room décor. Homeowners peruse the online inventory of window dressings in myriad forms, including premium wood blinds that filter sunlight in five shades of white or stains ranging from the warm brown of sugar maple to deep mahogany ($58.88+ for a 24”x64” set). At a lower price point, attractive faux-wood blinds ($35.48+ for a 24”x64” set) imitate timber better than a baby sheep imitates a loofah. Woven bamboo shades rise and fall in autumnal hues of red and gold ($52.13+ for a 24”x64” set), and solar shades outfit windows with environmentally friendly, GreenGuard-certified fabrics that let in varying amounts of light while filtering out heat or UV rays ($87.50+ for a 24”x64” set). Meanwhile, honeycomb shades ($59.64 for a 24”x64” set) insulate from heat and cold while also collecting enough honey to sweeten pancakes each morning.
Antique, collectible, and pristine new furniture stands proudly around the Consignment Furniture Gallery’s 10,000-square-foot showroom, a vast repository of pieces classic and modern, foreign and domestic. Therapedic and Eclipse mattresses welcome prospective sleepers, who sink into comfy surfaces as soft as the feathery beard of an elderly pelican. Decorative accessories such as a yellow ceramic vase ($38.50) brighten up bare rooms with colorful splashes. Adorn walls and still houseguests with artwork such as a framed architecture print ($95), or ornament bedrooms with a vintage painted blue chest ($250). A pair of large green swirl ceramic lamps ($325) cast soft lighting across living rooms, producing an aura of vintage style that impresses visitors and mystifies housepets.