Recently selected as upstate Delaware’s place for Best Home Accessories by Delaware Today magazine, Everything but the Kitchen Sink kits out kitchens, living rooms, and caves with more than 80,000 essential items. Two floors and 15,000 square feet contain enough china, cutlery, and culinary gadgets to feed a massive herd of gourmet-hungry guinea pigs. Impress friends with a pair of Reed & Barton Weston candlesticks ($95/pair), or keep beverages at a ferociously cool temperature with the 8-inch alligator ice scoop from Arthur Court ($25). Fill kitchens with cookware by brands such as Cuisinart, Le Creuset, and Emile Henry or cutlery such as the Kyocera 3-inch paring knife ($25). Le Jacquard table linens seduce diners, and the OXO can opener ($16.50) simultaneously unlocks tuna cans and the hearts of persnickety felines.
One of the oldest independently owned mattress discounters in the mid-Atlantic, Home Mattress Center cushions customers’ restful slumbers with first-rate sleeping surfaces from Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, and Serta Perfect Sleep. Hunt and capture z’s atop a Sealy Posturepedic Slipstream king set ($1,399), count a herd of numerically ordered clone sheep from a Simmons Beautyrest Sondra Plush elite twin set ($1,499), enjoy the slumber that only dreams of Rutherford B. Hayes can provide with a Simmons Beautyrest Aliyah classic queen set ($999), or opt for a firmer bed with the Sealy Posturepedic Diamond Hill firm queen set ($1,299). Home Mattress Center's well-trained, noncommissioned sleep doctors guide customers through the process of selecting an ideal bedroom fixture by asking questions, determining sleep preferences, and administering inkblot tests if necessary.
Located right near the Pennsylvania-Delaware border, Devon Esthetique's skincare services are so customized they're not even listed on the website. That's because owner Devon Tucker-Kirk, whose own complexion has thrown her a few curveballs, knows firsthand how different everyone's skin is. Aestheticians analyze and diagnose skin types before consulting with clients to create a custom facial with medical- and pharmaceutical-grade products instead of leftover soy-sauce packets. Their aim differs slightly from the typical wellness center: aestheticians seek to provide results first and relaxation second, helping to send a clear message to acne and eczema. The earth-toned wellness studio also pops with colorful floral pillows, which cushion stainless steel, airless jet pedicure chairs as visitors have nails buffed and polished to a perfect sheen before accessing the complimentary healthy snack bar.
Kurtz Collection, a local pioneer in decorative dwelling accessories, accents homes with uniquely elegant tableware, candles, rugs, and more. Peruse collections' pieces that complement color and temperament of your home's interior well-being. Home-décor pieces, such as dreamy artisan-clay tumblers ($25 each), evoke hand-painted wonderment without mussing fingernail beds. When lit, a series of five owl candles($42.50) ignites rooms like the glow of knowledge itself. Encapsulate proof of family picnics and longing spousal gazes with antiqued picture frames ($36).
The talented florists at Bloomsberry Flowers sculpt a variety of blooms into eye-attracting arrangements with a natural aesthetic. Seasonal flowers, including locally grown hydrangeas, parade their petals for holidays and special occasions, and provide pretty roadmaps for Hansels and Gretels who have learned their lessons. Sleek vases guide the stems of exotic orchids ($25, two or three stems) to water, and a garden arrangement of seasonal flowers ($35) reminds friends without calendars of the time of year.
Since encasing their first piece of art behind glass in 1977, Framemaker’s professional artists and craftspeople continue to transform each print and photo brought into the shop into an artfully mounted creation. Staffers help your treasured images and memorabilia stand out by using regular and conservation-quality frames, matting, and glass in their framing work. Shoppers can bring in their own pieces to be framed or scoop up new works from Framemaker’s carefully curated assortment of posters, graphic prints, and original art created by local artists and spontaneous fission. The shop’s certified conservator can be found carefully erasing scratches and discoloration from old family photos via digital photo-restoration services. Other services such as shadow-box creation and canvas stretching add a unique spin to image display.