One of the oldest independently owned mattress discounters in the mid-Atlantic, Home Mattress Center cushions customers’ restful slumbers with first-rate sleeping surfaces from Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, and Serta Perfect Sleep. Hunt and capture z’s atop a Sealy Posturepedic Slipstream king set ($1,399), count a herd of numerically ordered clone sheep from a Simmons Beautyrest Sondra Plush elite twin set ($1,499), enjoy the slumber that only dreams of Rutherford B. Hayes can provide with a Simmons Beautyrest Aliyah classic queen set ($999), or opt for a firmer bed with the Sealy Posturepedic Diamond Hill firm queen set ($1,299). Home Mattress Center's well-trained, noncommissioned sleep doctors guide customers through the process of selecting an ideal bedroom fixture by asking questions, determining sleep preferences, and administering inkblot tests if necessary.
Though many things have changed on Main Street in Newark, Grassroots Handcrafts has remained an institution. The store, which sells a wide range of specialty gifts, such as bath and body products, candles, women’s apparel, kids’ novelty toys, and home decor, has been in business since 1975. It’s still operated by Marilyn Dickey, who gets help from her two daughters, Kristin and Joanna. Delaware Today gave a shout-out to the store, calling its wares “funky, fun, and unusual.”
For more than 25 years, the family who owns and operates Bob's Affordable Carpets has supplied shoppers with flooring for every room in the home. They offer carpets in many patterns and colors, including eco-friendly options with fibers crafted from renewable sources. Shoppers can also peruse gleaming hardwoods, ceramic tiles, and durable vinyl or laminate products. Afterward, the company’s specialists ensure that flooring is properly installed.
Sprawling over six acres, Willey Farms sustains healthy hearts and sates empty stomachs with a bevy of fresh produce and natural foods. Stroll through the market's nursery yard to pick up an 18-inch Otto Luyken cherry laurel shrub ($21.99), great for accenting barren gardens or lackluster car dashboards, or a pot of Knock Out roses ($22.99 for a 3 gal. pot).
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on location.
Recently selected as upstate Delaware’s place for Best Home Accessories by Delaware Today magazine, Everything but the Kitchen Sink kits out kitchens, living rooms, and caves with more than 80,000 essential items. Two floors and 15,000 square feet contain enough china, cutlery, and culinary gadgets to feed a massive herd of gourmet-hungry guinea pigs. Impress friends with a pair of Reed & Barton Weston candlesticks ($95/pair), or keep beverages at a ferociously cool temperature with the 8-inch alligator ice scoop from Arthur Court ($25). Fill kitchens with cookware by brands such as Cuisinart, Le Creuset, and Emile Henry or cutlery such as the Kyocera 3-inch paring knife ($25). Le Jacquard table linens seduce diners, and the OXO can opener ($16.50) simultaneously unlocks tuna cans and the hearts of persnickety felines.