The Claypen is a place where memories are made. Making gifts for a loved one, capturing a newborn’s footprints, birthday parties, scout troops, good times are a regular occurrence here. Where else can grandparents, teenagers, and young children sit together and share the enjoyment of creating.
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.
The Tailgate-Music Valley Antiques Show and Vintage Marketplace have been going strong for more than 30 years and have offered inspiring design ideas to everyone from new homeowners to seasoned antiquers. The more than 140 vendors display a treasure trove of architectural and industrial items, fine and decorative art, furniture, and vintage and estate jewelry. On Saturday, February 16 at noon, expert designers will also host a hands-on decorating seminar. They'll share ways to incorporate vintage items into a traditional, contemporary, or industrial interior, such as pairing a modern coffee table with a 1920s-era lamp or stuffing a throw pillow with Federal Reserve bank notes.
California Closets’ certified designers assist clients in selecting and designing customized home organization systems and accessories for every room in the house. Complimentary in-home consultations allow designers and clients to identify problematic storage areas in the bedroom, garage, or home office. The designers offer organizational solutions for walk-in, reach-in, and dive-in closets, working to maximize all available space.
With fully automated and secured facilities, Casey Storage sings a roomy swan song for space-starved customers. Storage options and prices vary by facility but include spaces beginning at 5'x5' ($35+ a month) and running up to 10'x30' ($100–$189 a month), large enough to store a boat or medium-sized war elephant. Stuff stowers have a choice of drive-up access and temperature-controlled options, depending on the nature of their soon-to-be stashed goods, and facility employees will be happy to assist customers in choosing the right size space for their prized possessions. Check out the Auburn, Sturbridge, and Webster price listings for unit sizes and specifics.