Slumber expert Roger Wardell staffs each of his Sleep Doctor Mattress Stores with knowledgeable employees who help to match shoppers with surfaces that complement their dozing styles. A full-size basic firm mattress by American Pedic ($219) supports stomach sleepers with memory foam, and Serta's twin-size Dura Pillowsoft ($499) cuddles tired muscles with inner springs and a 6-foot spoon.
Underneath a canopy of natural greenery sits The Weed Lady's rustic gift shop and greenhouse. A stone foundation forms the roots for the charming, cottage-like gift shop, which is filled with a plethora of home-decor items, including glassware, garden ornaments, and candles. Behind the gift shop, an onsite greenhouse nurtures verdant plantsincluding unusual perennials, such as lady's mantle and Dark Dancer white cloverthat bloom under natural light spilling in through pellucid windows. The nursery's potted succulents and hard-to-find herbs extend their leafy limbs toward visitors looking to add a touch of greenery to their desks, windowsills, and drab bomb shelters.
At Mattress Closeout Center, the staff uses negotiation skills to continuously replenish a diverse inventory of brand-name mattresses—many of them culled from factory overstocks, liquidations, last-year models, and overruns. While grazing through one of the brand-name liquidation center's four locations, guests can sip a cup of complimentary Starbucks coffee or bottle of Coca Cola and research consumer reviews and retail prices on the store's iPad. Mattress Closeout Center also provides exact lists of inventory and pricing online, with a comparison of the store's discount prices beside the normal retail prices. The store's well-established rapport is also backed by myriad testimonials from satisfied sleepers and bounce-happy trampoline enthusiasts.
Jeff Warmuth and the talented artisans at Canterbury Stained Glass draw on their nearly 40 years of experience crafting commissioned artwork to fill their showroom and teach others the art of glass manipulation. More than 40 educational programs—divided into short workshops and longer, weeks-long pursuits—focus on beginner, intermediate, and expert glass techniques of all sorts. Students can assemble glass jewelry, fuse patterned glass into bowls, or use their glass-blowing skills to build a see-through glass dome around endangered penguins. A fully stocked shop sells books, glass cutters, and other useful tools for finishing glassmaking and fusing projects.
Since its 1971 establishment, Harbor Floors and Interiors has revitalized floors with an extensive repertoire of installation and finishing services. Industry experts stand by to assist customers choose appropriate hardwood, tile, cork, and carpeting selections from top manufacturers based on interior household color schemes and their tendency to wear tap shoes. The company can also gussy up hardwood with quality Dura Seal coating in an extensive daylong screening process. Talented teams perform installation services in a timely and punctual manner without leaving a mess or disturbing teddy bears napping on the couch.
The sunny yellow clapboards of a 135-year-old farmhouse announce the bright wares of the Village Lamp Shop, a family enterprise that has sold and repaired lighting elements since the days of the oil lamp. The Beuthien family sparked their business in the dawn of the 20th century, lighting candles and lamps for the observation of religious rituals. Now in its third generation, the lampsmiths specialize in filling homes with mid-century, retro, and antique fixtures restored to their original brilliance, as well as custom fabrication of everything from base to wavelength. Their handiness manifests in a line of cylinder lamps made on-site with '50s-inspired prints. The family's appreciation for kitsch and wry sense of humor comes to light through the store's mascot, Lou, a stereotypical 1950's partier who displays his spirit by crowning himself in a lampshade and singing Buddy Holly tunes off-key.