With more than 100 showrooms and clearance centers across the country, Cort offers a cornucopia of repurposed furniture for living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. When merchandise arrives at Cort, it is cleaned, reconditioned, and repaired if necessary before being labeled with a letter grade of A–D so prospective buyers can accurately determine each item's value and condition. Stylize sleeping quarters with a stylish Noir chest ($269.99) or schedule games of Jenga inside a Loden living-room set ($499.99). Inventory changes daily, and prices listed online are based on the most recent availability. Cort also stocks rugs ($49.99+), office chairs ($29.99+), and desks, as well as smaller and simpler accent pieces including ottomans, consoles, and framed prints that can turn living rooms into museums with couches where friends and family love to lounge.
Chef Central equips seasoned ingredient slingers and aspiring culinarians alike with kitchen essentials including cutlery, cooking tools, and quirky gadgets, earning the crown of Best of Westchester in 2010 by Westchester magazine. Breakfast champions can transform eggs into palatable packages by snagging a pair of silicone poach pods ($9.99) that float the yolky goodness in boiling water like a canoeist in a volcano until it’s perfectly cooked. The metal teeth of a corn-zipper ($15.99) scrape kernels clean from their cob residence, and a nonskid mincer ($17.99) safely slices onions into ribbons and saves tears from spilling. Behind acrylic safety shields, the glistening guillotine of a bagel biter ($19.99) spits out equal halves of doughy rations, and the olive stuffer ($19.99) plunges into pitted olives to produce flavor-detonating hors d'oeuvres for a retirement party of a revered spoon. Additionally, mincing mess sergeants sharpen a pair of knives until their edges are as honed as razors, which may take up to five days to complete.
Hands On Pottery equips artists with an assorted stockpile of unmarked pottery and food-safe paints so they can fill china cabinets and gift boxes with hand-decorated dishes. Feel free to pair up lonely flatware with plates of multiple sizes ($13–$19), give flowers a place to rest their laurels in a glazed vase ($13–$32), or let incontinent coffeepots drain into one of several styles of mug ($13–$17). Guests can also affix a refrigerator magnet ($3) to prop up reminders to close the refrigerator, or decorate a piggy bank as a reminder to save up to buy a real pig ($13).
Helmed by husband-and-wife team Benny Aziz and Stephanie Cohen, Benjamin Rugs and Furniture supplies home decorators with modern and classic furnishings. The two-level showroom, laid out by Stephanie who is also an interior designer, encapsulates a wide range of styles, from dignified, conservative pieces of dark varnished wood to tradition-bucking designs that use translucent material and geometric shapes.
Lauded by numerous media outlets such as The Dr. Oz Show and O magazine, Essentia's memory-foam beds offer an all-natural and organic alternative to synthetic sleep aids. Crafted from a blend of organic tree sap, essential oils, and plant extracts, the cushiony foam coddles craniums and bodies by shifting its shape to fit each snoozer's form. Pillows cradle heads in a cool embrace, as the highly breathable foam allows body heat to dissipate, unlike conventional pillows or throw pillows made of old waffle irons. Seven mattresses ($1,489–$6,489) offer up the plush foam formula in varying levels of firmness, supporting backs of all shapes.
Jason Nazmiyal, the founder of Nazmiyal Collection, buys with his eyes and his heart. An avid collector and appreciator of rugs for more than 25 years, his tastes span centuries, ranging from classical pieces to art deco and contemporary rugs. Along with a team of specialists, Jason searches high and low to bring his clients the best pieces that the rug world has to offer. His collection incorporates more spots on the map than the pictures Magellan drew of his nightmares, bringing together pieces from countries such as Afghanistan, France, and Spain. Nazmiyal Collection also specializes in rug rentals for events such as films or photo shoots, as well as cleaning and restoration of antique and rare rugs.