Rochester Linoleum & Carpet One's flooring professionals partner with more than 900 companies to gather a diverse selection of carpet, hardwood, porcelain tile, natural stone, luxury vinyl, and laminate-flooring materials. Carefully organized shelves help customers quickly browse samples from brands such as Tigress? and American Expressions, and a multilevel warranty system categorizes products according to expected lifetime and level of protection. Expert ground softeners also aim to minimize airborne irritants, such as dust, mold, and dust-covered trapeze artists, by installing new carpeting with signature Healthier Living techniques.
With 45 years of wicker-weaving experience, Ridge Rattan decorates homes and apartments with its own original pieces and other furnishings from well-known brands. Living up to their legacy as rattan workers and antique-basketball-hoop designers, the talented craftsmen fill floor space with handsome cane work in pieces such as a 20"x17" rattan bench ($250) or a 24-inch rattan glass-top end table ($175). Enhance a drab bedroom or den with elegant items from notable labels, such as armoires from American Drew and Lane Venture or sofa sets from Norwalk and Braxton Culler. Ridge Rattan also cradles bodies with seats made in-house, such as Mackey chairs ($300) and custom stools ($197), both personalized with the shopper's choice of finish, fabric, and hidden booby traps.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
For more than 45 years, Unclaimed Freight's family of owners has stocked their expansive showroom with household furniture and mattresses from trusted brands. They can peddle designer merchandise at discount prices thanks to the fact that they purchase closeouts, canceled orders, discontinued products, and armoires that were mistakenly declared haunted. Mattresses from Therapedic and Spring Air slide into sturdy bed frames, while upholstered and leather couches in a variety of styles pair with occasional tables from Ashley or Harden.
The Harris Garden Center evolved from the Harris Seed Company, a Rochester gardening authority since 1879, and it continues to uphold a high horticultural standard through a wide variety of annuals, vegetables, and supplies. The store showcases more than 10 themed Christmas trees, including traditional, Adirondack, and sports-centric saplings. Confuse tree bark by hanging a bulldog ornament ($2.75) from its limbs or let a sports-figure ornament ($6.99) display impossible athletic ability as it stays suspended in the air. Other ornamental options include ballet slippers ($3.99), wine bottles ($4.99–$12.99), and an acutely shrunken school bus ($5.49).
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.