Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.
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.
Brian Wood and his family have been working with antiques and collectibles in Syracuse for three generations. These days, he oversees an impressive gallery of esteemed artwork and creates beautiful custom frames worthy of any artwork, photo, or certificate. The 2,500-square-foot gallery is home to original artworks and prints from nature-focused artists, abstract portraitists, and impressionists.
The Amish Store deals in handcrafted wood furniture and accessories built in the United States by Amish communities of Indiana and Ohio for every room, nook, and cranny of the home. Add dimension to dwellings with an extensive selection of stock and made-to-order items, such as large wooden mixing bowls ($72.13) and multistriped cutting boards ($89.38). Keepsakes stay safe in a musical jewellery box ($94.08), and treasured reads and vintage LPs find a rent-controlled home on rustic hickory bookshelves ($555.02+ for three-shelf units). The heirloom-worthy Laurel Victorian bed ($1,109.27/queen) comfortably frames dreams about being framed in traditional spindling and a single bow design. Every piece can be customized with a variety of woods and stains, including hickory, cherry, maple, and quarter-sawn white oak, and furnishings can be fitted with fabrics and leathers (prices vary with fabric, leather, stain and wood options).