At the family-owned A Star Furniture, furnishing experts stock a 10,000-square-foot warehouse with thousands of brand-new, modern items to complete bedroom, dining room, living room, and office décor. Crafted from quality fabrics and materials such as rubber wood and Malaysian oak, each item is carefully inspected upon arrival for structural integrity and concealed remote-control battery covers. In the showroom, sofa sleepers ($499+), room dividers ($69+), and futons ($199+) lounge on top of artful area rugs ($159+) bursting with modern and classic patterns.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Sit 'n Sleep's friendly staff of sleep consultants take slumber seriously, spending months to learn the ins and outs of sleep health, mattress selection, and customer service. With their extensive expertise, these wink whisperers help snoozers find the perfect person-size pillow on which to repose or languidly mispronounce French poetry; choose from a panoply of twin, full, queen, king, and Cal king varietals. Guests can find restful vibes manifested in a bevy of mattress brands, from Sealy to Simmons, and types, from memory foam to latex.
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
Dividing The Spa's chocolate-brown wood floors are multiple massage alcoves, each separated by a thin Japanese-style partition. In front of each alcove hangs a tied off yellow curtain––the curtain pulls shut. Now amid flickering candle light, licensed massage therapists blend light to moderate strokes with firm pressure to alleviate chronic tension. Clients may also request an invigorating facial treatment, or retreat to a private airbrush room for a new sun-kissed complexion without the harmful effects of UV rays.