Family-owned for five generations and 116 years, Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply stocks residential and commercial kitchens with approximately 18,000 items, including a wide variety of food equipment. Patrons can paint egg-glaze masterpieces with a 1-inch boar-bristle pastry brush ($2.82) or don a chef’s hat ($8.99) to collect free sticky buns from passersby who mistake them for the Pillsbury Doughboy. Alternatively, customers can dunk dough in a 12-cup S/S deep fryer ($77.99) or dip delicacies in chocolate melted with a electric multi fondue set ($71.99) to craft homemade sweets. Hops and yeast from a True Brew Irish stout ingredient kit ($43.89) ferment into 5 gallons of full-bodied ale (equipment not included). Smith Housewares and Restaurant Supply also hosts a substantial array of industrial service equipment for restaurants or wistful home kitchens dreaming of the big time.
Since its founding by William Bright Sr. and William Dunk Sr. in 1927, Dunk & Bright Furniture has grown from a modest storefront to a 100,000-square-foot showroom. The store's staff—accredited by the Interior Design Society and American Society of Interior Designers—leads visitors through a maze of bedroom and living room sets, mattresses, and other pieces by brands such as Ashley, Harden, and aspenhome. A separate 1,000,000-cubic-foot warehouse stores the bulk of the shop's inventory, which also includes wall-to-wall carpeting, area rugs, shutters and blinds, and enchanted mirrors. Dunk & Bright delivers purchases free of charge within 200 miles of Syracuse.
In central New York, the artisans at Brennan Stained Glass Studio work with extreme heat and traditional techniques to craft elaborate stained-glass windows and art pieces. In addition to producing the stained-glass dome atop Alexandria Bay's Boldt Castle, the team has designed and installed windows for thousands of churches, temples, schools, hospitals, restaurants, and office buildings. The team also instructs students in the art of stained glass with its own unique approach. Lessons include basic instruction in the copper-foil method to create window panels and sun catchers. Students may also learn how to design their own custom fused-glass plates so they can stop arguing over dish ownership with their dogs.
Rochester Linoleum & Carpet One's flooring professionals partner with more than 900 companies to gather a diverse selection of carpet, hardwood, porcelain tile, natural stone, luxury vinyl, and laminate-flooring materials. Carefully organized shelves help customers quickly browse samples from brands such as Tigress? and American Expressions, and a multilevel warranty system categorizes products according to expected lifetime and level of protection. Expert ground softeners also aim to minimize airborne irritants, such as dust, mold, and dust-covered trapeze artists, by installing new carpeting with signature Healthier Living techniques.
The Harris Garden Center evolved from the Harris Seed Company, a Rochester gardening authority since 1879, and it continues to uphold a high horticultural standard through a wide variety of annuals, vegetables, and supplies. The store showcases more than 10 themed Christmas trees, including traditional, Adirondack, and sports-centric saplings. Confuse tree bark by hanging a bulldog ornament ($2.75) from its limbs or let a sports-figure ornament ($6.99) display impossible athletic ability as it stays suspended in the air. Other ornamental options include ballet slippers ($3.99), wine bottles ($4.99–$12.99), and an acutely shrunken school bus ($5.49).
California Closets' certified designers specialize in making space for all your worldly possessions with home, office, and garage storage organizers. After a free consultation with one of the expert order keepers, you'll have a good idea of where to stash your collection of lawnmower blades, as well what it will cost to do it elegantly. Though most of California Closets' closet systems go for more than $250, you can put this Groupon toward custom cabinetry in your garage, extra shoe space in your mudroom, and other areas, that, with California Closets' lifetime warranty, will withstand any amount of vehicular and familial wear and tear. Accessories such as drawer and shelf dividers help claustrophobic rooms breathe easier by separating purple rain boots from boots filled with Prince’s "Purple Rain."