With more than 100 showrooms and clearance centers across the country, Cort offers a cornucopia of repurposed furniture for living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. When merchandise arrives at Cort it is cleaned, reconditioned, and repaired if necessary before being labeled with a letter grade of A–D so prospective buyers can accurately determine each item's value and condition. Stylize sleeping quarters with an Accolade chest ($589.99) or schedule games of Jenga inside a Citrine living-room set ($439.99).
Though he's lent his talents to judge culinary events and collaborate on a book, The New American Chef, Spanish-born chef Mariano Aznar is at his best when he's in the kitchen. He draws from 30 years of culinary experience and skills honed at restaurants in France, Spain, and New York City to design modern menus, each based on his love for traditional Latin cooking. Aznar transforms old recipes into new ones, as evidenced by his small plates of Spanish cheese, chicken stew, and ceviche, as well as larger dishes such as seafood paella and chimichurri-seasoned skirt steak. Liquid Kitchen's dining room also reflects his colorful heritage: deep red lights cast their glow on exposed brick walls and dark wood accents, and blue ones illuminate a bar sided by rough-cut stone.
For more than six decades, Wise Hardware has equipped DIY-ers with everything they need for painting, plumbing, and electrical projects. In addition to hardware basics such as hand tools and nails, the store outfits shoppers with everything from farm and ranch equipment to EdenPure heaters. Wise Hardware’s fix-it crew takes over where customers’ skills leave off, cutting glass and Plexiglas to size, repairing vacuum cleaners or lamps, and installing closet systems for storing apocalypse-ready Twinkie caches.
Edible Arrangements’ creative staff fashions tasty gifts from fresh fruit—such as cantaloupe, honeydew, and grapes—picked at its peak ripeness. Chocolate-dipped strawberries, keepsake teddy-bear containers, and “happy birthday” balloons may be added on request to enhance arrangements. But no additives, preservatives, or temptation-inducing serpents find their way into bouquets, ensuring a healthy snack for recipients.