Mattress Mart's slumber experts stock their stores with major-brand sleep surfaces?such as Serta, iComfort, and Simmons Beauty Rest?in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Customers can rest their backs on the firm billows of a Factory Select twin set or support larger-scale lumbar regions with a soft, flippable Newport Flush set.
Steve and Gretel Adams always knew that they were meant "to do something creative with [their] lives," but it wasn't until after Steve completed an apprenticeship at Anderson Orchards that the pair realized their calling was to cultivate the earth. Shortly after, they set out to till seven acres of inherited land, burying seeds for local flowers and organic produce. As an extension of their longtime commitment to a sustainable lifestyle, the Adams eschew the use of unnatural chemicals and create their own compost to fertilize their fields. Gretel claims that she "wanted to have something that was different than what you could get at the store," and Ohio Magazine responded to the farm's noteworthy practices by placing it on the Best of Ohio list in 2012. Now joined by a select staff, Steve and Gretel continue to stay involved with their farm's daily activities. In addition to working the fields and learning to fluently speak Jolly Green Giantese, they also tote their flora to farmers' markets throughout the Columbus area, where they sell freshly cut flowers and educate people about the benefits of sustainable living and locally grown produce.
A lush, diverse ecosystem of colorful plants and eye-opening exhibits await patrons to the Franklin Park Conservatory. Unveil the mystery behind carnivorous greenery at the interactive Savage Gardens display (through November 14), where visitors can observe a feeding of a Venus flytrap (1 p.m. daily), learn about how carnivorous plants digest horsefly gizzards, or grill a cactus on the latest fruit bat gossip. Feel free to stroll the museum's signature collection of original Dale Chihuly glass art, which decorates 12 gorgeous installments, or watch as in-house professional glass blowers use small puffs of air and careful craftsmanship to create twinkling vessels and life-size Burton Gilliam sculptures.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
Smith Farm Market boasts a large variety of local plants and produce offered during the spring through the end of October, and baked goods year-round. Housed in a late-1800s school building, its bakery crafts 26 varieties of pie, 14 flavors of kettle fudge, and cookies, cakes, and breads. In the summer-time customers will find crops of famous sweet corn, melons, homegrown tomatoes, peaches, and apples alongside perennials, soil, and vegetable plants and seeds. Additionally, the market sells local products such as jams, Amish cheeses, and honey.
Furniture Land's savvy design team stays on the lookout for new trends in interiors, stocking the store’s two show rooms with classic and contemporary collections from designers including Ashley and Coaster. The store also offers custom upholstering for shoppers who can’t find what they’re looking for among the show rooms’ selection of leather sofas, microfiber love seats, bedroom sets, and more. Expedited delivery is free to homes and walk-in terrariums located within 8 miles.