The Art Experience, a full-service art supply store, wields their aesthetic expertise to professionally custom frame whatever clients wish to make wall-ready. Capable of handling large-size frames such as 40"x50", the staff collaborates with quality glass ($15+), hundreds of mat boards ($14+), and multifarious metal and wood molding options ($7+/foot) to showcase décor-to-be of any shape or size at its cutest angle. The volume of in-house materials ensures that newly sandwiched and bordered pieces return to their owners as quickly as possible. With a custom-framed piece, blank walls can finally cover their nudity stylishly with sleek, snappily bordered diplomas, cereal boxes, and ATM receipt collages.
MicroSeal Boston cleans and maintains fancy floor coverings with its gentle, nontoxic, and biodegradable treatments. Customers can get the pickup and delivery service for an additional $25 charge and evict dirt, dander, and cooties from Oriental rugs ($3/sq. ft). These fiber fresheners employ a seven-step process, washing rugs with Old World cleaning techniques in a full-immersion Turkish bathtub. To kick off degriming sessions, cleaners will thoroughly inspect and dust floor toupees to remove dry soil and sand before testing the rug's color. After a languid swim in the cleansing waters of the Turkish bath, fibers emerge cleaner and odor free. Then, a thorough wringing and air-drying in a climate-controlled room followed by a post-treatment vacuum ensures rugs are returned with the same color, shape, and structural integrity as before. Once cleanings are complete, a fabric protection treatment ($2/sq. ft. for rugs; $250 for sofas) with MicroSeal Boston's nontoxic, biodegradable, and nonallergenic formula can guard fibers against future stains and sun damage. The process is also permanent and offers 100 percent sunfade protection.
The staff of teachers and artists at Weirdgirl Creations helps customers up-level their creativity every day. Prices begin at $3 and range to over $400, but the massive selection of more than 200 pieces of pottery ensures that a fitting selection is available for any budding Pablo Picasso or Dan Quayle. There are no special skills or equipment required to decorate a bowl, plate, or any other ceramic that catches the eye, so walk-ins are welcome. Lead-free, non-staining glazes are available in a wide spectrum of colors and a variety of varietals, including sparkle, high-gloss, and high-fire look-crystal glaze.
It began with an experiment in a basement. While that sounds like the start of a ghost story, it is actually how Harbor Candle Company was conceived. Tired of damaging their home with soot from store-bought scented candles, the company’s founders retired to their basement to pour their own. Over the course of a year, they developed their signature product, a candle made from clean-burning, non-toxic soy wax.
Word spread, and soon the basement enterprise morphed into a shop stocked with scented candles, still poured by hand. The aromas of apples, maple, and bamboo fill the shop, and the soy formula burns longer than paraffin and much longer than lists of secret names for your teddy bear. Made from NatureWax by Elevance and ensconced in domestically manufactured glass containers, each candle is entirely made in the USA.
Green Matters not only supplies customers with the right tools for growing organic and hydroponic plants, but also the knowledge on how to produce large harvests. After selecting a variety of home-gardening aids—such as indoor lighting, nutrients, water-filtration systems, and organic products—customers are encouraged to ask the staff about how to use the products or whether their Venus flytrap will ever gain sentience.
The furniture and antique experts at Jarred's Homegoods unearth a wealth of gently used bedroom furniture, dining-room digs, and jewelry to fill the store’s expansive showroom floor. Patrons can sift through cherished pieces claimed from estate sales, including furniture crafted from old barn wood or antique brass bed frames, and an array of designer jewelry rewards wrists and décolletage with sunburn-deflecting sparkle. Treasure hunters can peruse the showroom and dig up work crafted by famous designers, carpenters, and brands such as Ethan Allen, Liz Claiborne, and Givenchy.