After spending years as a salesman for top mattress lines, Steve Shore needed a new mattress himself. Rather than opt for a steep employee discount on one of the mattresses he sold, the enterprising Mr. Shore collected various natural materials and had them assembled into a mattress that met his exacting specifications: a comfy sleep cushion made with no potentially toxic components. The result was such an improvement over the big-name mattresses he sold that Mr. Shore and his son eventually decided to produce a line of organic mattresses based on the prototype, on which Mr. Shore slept soundly for more than a decade.
Now, the Shore men sell their mattresses under the Eco-Cloud name in The Natural Mattress Store. Made from high-quality steel coils topped with natural latex, Eco-Cloud mattresses resist accumulating allergens and nightmare blueprints and retain their shape and support for years. Organic wool and cotton covers help keep sleepers cool and snug in bed by deflecting body heat and wicking away moisture. Each Eco-Cloud mattress comes with a 12-year, nonprorated warranty. In addition to the Eco-Cloud line, The Natural Mattress Store carries more than 20 organic mattresses, as well as eco-friendly, solid wood bedroom furniture from Pacific Rim Woodworking, Bedworks of Maine, and Vermont Furniture Designs.
After ten hours of slow-cooking, the barbecue ribs at Joe’s American Bar & Grill land on tables tender and ready to fall of the bone. Served with fresh-made coleslaw, these ribs are the centerpiece of a menu overflowing with upscale comfort food. Chefs cut potatoes by hand to accompany bacon cheeseburgers topped with aged cheddar and bread-and-butter pickles made in-house rather than flown in by a talking stork. Grilled pizzas are made fresh to order and never frozen, and hefty sandwiches and hand-cut steaks stack plates with sustenance. On the weekends, brunch dishes come out of hibernation to sate guests with made-to-order omelets and specialties such as eggs benedict and prime-rib hash. Diners enjoy the fresh air on the outdoor patio or cluster around the bar to keep track of sports scores or find out who really got married on Days of Our Lives.
Picaboo's straightforward website makes it easy to emblazon cherished photographs upon the pages of a variety of customizable mementos. The program's 240 predesigned page layouts and thousands of themes allow customers to embellish images, while labeling them with quips and captions. Custom photo books chronicle milestones, vacations, and more. Their confluence of archival photo paper and professionally bound covers make them worthy of any customer's coffee table space. Customizable cards and calendars showcase a customer's chosen photographs and designs. Vibrant pictures materialize onto canvases and panels, or assemble into cheerful collage posters. The company's chipper support squad mans computers and phones seven days a week specifically to answer questions, address concerns, and exchange talking dog jokes.
A prismatic array of glaze bottles and sparkling glass pieces form kaleidoscopic patterns for guests to splash across create-your-own pottery and fused-glass masterpieces. Visitors select from stencils, stamps, and samples or select still frames from their dreams to decorate ceramic mugs, figurines, and fused-glass dishes. Staff members set up and clean workspaces, as well as package kits for home pottery-painting parties. This means artists can focus solely on siphoning their imagination into their project. The studio regularly hosts parties and meetings, to which guests are welcome to bring snacks, wine, or milk shakes made of ground-up poems.
The Teak Patio designs and imports its own line of outdoor furniture using high-quality woods and a closely monitored construction process. Fashioned from high-quality timber free of knots and uneven coloring, all Teak Patio timber is thoroughly dried in a kiln oven to reduce cracking and warping and then machine-cut to ensure precision. The Teak Patio then fashions its durable teak pieces using precise mortise-and-tenon joinery techniques, sanding each wood surface three times to increase its aerodynamics. Bedeck backyards with a five-position reclining chair ($359.20) or gather around a 60-inch outdoor dinner table ($1,276) to discuss whether mayonnaise or mustard makes a better adhesive when constructing a 60-inch sandwich.
Owned by lifelong rug enthusiast Amir Amidi, Medallion Rug Gallery has been furnishing quality floor coverings since 1978. Like a flying carpet mausoleum, every possible surface in the Medallion showrooms are covered in vibrant, intricately woven rugs. With imports stacked from all over the world, overwhelmed rug purchasers can seek succor from a knowledgeable staff member who will help you narrow down your desired color scheme, design, and price. Once a tentative decision has been reached, prospective buyers are encouraged to take the rug home for a risk-free trial run to make sure its presence doesn't spook your skittish furniture. Rugs start at $150 for some clearance items and can reach to thousands of dollars for venerable, antique pieces.