The friendly staff at Kem’s Bed and Bath cultivates a cozy storefront replete with homey bedding, gifts, and accessories. Its colorful bedspreads show off vibrant floral designs and classic geometric patterns. For smaller, detail-oriented fixes, the staffers guide customers to the store’s collection of iPad cases, candles, clocks, and wall art. They also outfit hosts with party trays and home fragrances, allowing game nights to smell like game nights in a flower.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.
In the last 10 years, Picture It On Canvas's founder and CEO Bob McKeon has applied more than three decades of software-sales-management experience to create six Internet-based companies. With Picture It On Canvas now his primary focus, McKeon strives to appease all clients with approachable customer service and a no-questions-asked return policy. Picture It On Canvas takes customer-uploaded photographs and prints them on archival-quality material such as canvas, metal, and hand-chiseled slate, forging a durable keepsake for customers to hang on their walls or dangle from the grills of their automobiles. Buyers can also blend several images into a collage or divide one photograph into four color schemes with a kaleidoscopic piece of pop art.
Keeping flames in their place since 1945, Boyd's Equipment facilitates family barbecues and fireside chats with an extensive selection of name-brand grill and fireplace tackle. In addition to its glowing gas-log sets and Weber grills—available in electric and charcoal varieties—the one-stop equipment shop stocks lawn sprayers and trailer carts from Fimco, TeeJet, and Hypro. Shimmering lochs of propane come bottled in tanks of all shapes and sizes, and vessels emptied by gluttonous dragons can roll in for full refills. Everyday accessories, from charcoal and thermometers to spicy rubs and sauces, are also available, as are residential and commercial delivery services for those lacking pickup trucks or pet giants.
Peppermint Garden's rustic and cozy storefront houses decorations for both abodes and bodies. Parallelogram picture frames protect precious memories ($9–$39) and signs make statements such as "Bless This Home," "Welcome," and "Beware of Platypus" ($15–$50). Accent windowsills with custom floral arrangements ($21–$325) or brighten sun-fearing corners with candles ($9–$31). "Life is Good" brand clothing drapes wearers in a fuzzy sense of goodwill ($10–$95), accented by STAXX jewelry, which combines the fun of Jenga with the elegance of Jenga played with gold bars ($7–$31). The seasonal stock ensures that every home can be appropriately swathed in the metaphorical spirit of Christmas or the actual spirits of Halloween.
Introducing pets to families since 1983, Pets Plus drops little bundles of furry or scaled joy into loving homes, along with all the supplies necessary for a fun and enriching life. The shop’s four-legged lineup changes over time, filling its ranks with critters of all ages and types. Two playrooms offer prospective pet parents and siblings ample space to bond and play with puppies or kittens. A large selection of reptiles and birds are available for adoption or employment as human bodyguards. Beyond nurturing the animals, the store’s staff also point customers in the direction of toys, pet beds, collars and leashes, as well as flea- and tick-prevention supplies.