As a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages has cultivated a network of more than 390 retail stores and relationships with more than 130 artisan groups from around the world. Crafters from 38 different countries across Latin America, Asia, and Africa hand make children’s toys, jewelry, baskets, and tableware, which helps these artisans to earn a steady income and polish marketable skills. At the Archbold location, manager Darlene Rohrer-Meck oversees a passionate staff of volunteers as they curate an assortment of glittering silver jewelry, exotic musical instruments, and sweet-smelling natural cosmetics. Like a Mark Twain ventriloquist dummy, each item in the store is an object bursting with a folksy story to tell, from the graceful, curving African stone statues to the jangly, beaded necklaces from India.
Mattress Firm has a large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and Stearns & Foster. Sleep options range from the soft, cushy Hampton and Rhodes Perthshire pillow-top mattress set ($448+) to the firm and supportive Hampton and Rhodes Stirling firm mattress set ($198+). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.
Taylor Rental helps create memorable graduations, company picnics, birthdays, weddings, barbeques, and more with a wide array of party supplies. Entertain guests with casino games such as blackjack ($49.50 per day) or carnival games including bingo, which comes with 100 cards, a bingo wheel, and balls ($21.50 per day). Partygoers can mingle and flirt in a forest of balloons sprouted from an assorted package of five-inch inflatables ($8.99) and filled with a tank of helium ($28, fills about 40 balloons) able to sustain squeaky voices for up to five hours.
Inside Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s sprawling warehouses and show rooms, friendly staffers stock plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories. Expert designers craft these dwelling fillers, testing raw materials' durability and basic arithmetic skills before transforming them into classy furniture items that mesh with any decorating style. They build many tables and chairs to meet eco-friendly business standards, using recycled engineered wood to reduce landfill waste and slow down deforestation. Ashley also stocks nonwood items, including a selection of state-of-the-art body-cushioning mattresses from brands such as Sealy and Simmons.
For an additional charge, Ashley Furniture HomeStore transports its furniture using its own fleet of semi trucks and fighter planes, which ensure that comfortable couches and slick dining-room tables are never damaged and always fresh smelling. Each location is locally owned and operated, meaning staffers are friendly residents who know which couches best complement regional design trends and indoor weather patterns.
Solid-wood furniture gathered from more than 200 Amish shops and craftsmen mingles with playful holiday statuettes and fun home décor inside The Granary's walk-through showroom. Handcrafted living-room, dining-room, and children's furniture comes to the retailer fashioned the way it was 150 years ago—made from solid oak, cherry, maple, or hickory wood, held together by screws and dovetails, and carried by a legion of pterodactyls. In addition to ready-made furnishings, artisans can craft custom pieces. The store fills not only inside spaces, but also outside spaces with crafted benches and storage barns from Weaver Barns. Knowledgeable staff members assist customers long after their purchases by answering service inquiries or questions of whether to sleep atop or under newly purchased beds.
After spending years designing kitchens and handcrafting cabinets, John Barlowe opened Frame Shop Art Gallery & Gifts to celebrate and showcase great household art. A member of the Professional Picture Framers Association, he's won awards for his custom-frame designs, which pair his meticulous woodworking skills with elements such as football skin to accent displayed pieces. As a premier partner of Larson-Juhl, he has access to thousands of ornate American hardwood borders and gilded moldings crafted with more than 100 years of company expertise. Each artwork or photograph squeezes between Tru Vue glass and Bainbridge mats and backboard, a sandwich framers can often complete in as little as 24 hours.
In addition to displaying art, John and his team specialize in various photo services, from printing images to transforming ordinary snapshots into caricatures or watercolors with artistic photo treatments. They also prevent boxes of family photos from falling victim to age, disasters, and swamp monsters’ thumbprints by digitizing large collections.