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.
Staffed by a family of easygoing sales associates, Irish Peddlers' Furniture fills its showroom with a high rise's worth of furnishings, most of which are ready for same-day pickup or next-day delivery. An earth-toned 62" x 90" area rug ($189.95) with overlapping circles grounds rooms, cushioning feet with heat-set yarn spun from tenderhearted marshmallows and loomed at 1 million points per square meter. Loungers sink into the click clack black ($169.95), a tufted microfiber futon perched upon tapered legs, and worker bees buzz over a computer desk ($139.95) with crisp black lines and a sliding keyboard tray. The three-pack coffee-table set ($199.95), which includes one coffee table and two end tables, balances white faux marble atop black legs, leaving open space beneath tableaus for magazine racks or lamps with no sense of direction.
Furniture Direct has been elegantly furnishing homes with elegant home furnishings for more than 15 years. Throughout the store and online, shoppers will encounter discounted pieces from top furniture brands such as Bernhardt, Highland House, Lexington, and Maitland-Smith. Relax in total darkness within the confines of a comfortable sofa ($899+), stack drinks on nesting cocktail tables ($99+ each) while listening to Russian folk songs to generate a life-size game of Tetris, or sit down to board-game night at a dining room table ($399+).
The sleep experts at Sweet Dreams Mattress Gallery help to foster comfortable slumbers with an inventory of mattresses, bed frames, furnishings, and sleep accessories. Staffers enlighten guests with a world of sleeping knowledge so that they can make informed decisions when selecting between natural latex, memory-foam, organic, or innerspring mattresses from brands such as Sealy, Englander, Simmons, and Organic Lifestyle. New dream cushions get even cozier with a slate of mattress toppers and bedding, and bedroom furnishings including headboards, nightstands, and wardrobes equipped with anti-Narnia protection help to complete bedtime collections.