Bed sets, sofas, and barstools populate the showroom at Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace, set up in arrangements of household rooms. In addition to carrying luxury furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and personal aircraft carriers, Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace specializes in building custom pieces to accommodate room measurements and the creative visions of clients. With more than 300 fabric, color, and leather options, customers can match existing room decor or draw attention away from evidence left from hosting a weekly food-fight club.
Summer Classics was founded in 1973 as a manufacturer of plastic umbrella bases. After the breezy craze of umbrella disco died out, the company branched out into designing and building its own line of home furnishings. Summer Classics produces high-quality products that are largely customizable via a variety of color and fabric options. Its large inventory selection includes posterior-supporting Palm collection side chairs ($477 each for frame, cushions $83–$168), and piña-colada-supporting Ocean Grande collection end tables ($496). No back porch is complete without a sturdy armchair in which to read the daily paper and lecture your sprinkler system, such as the Plaza collection arm chair ($379 for frame, cushions $70–$140). Cushion a planned fall with a set of Aqua collection large throw pillows ($97–$196 each), or opt for a smaller decorative throw in a color such as mango or blue bell ($107–$252 each). The friendly and helpful staff at Summer Classics is on hand to answer any questions you may have about fabric trims or weather patterns.
Fab’rik has garnered a lot of praise and wolf whistles from the press thanks to its wide range of women’s apparel and accessories. With the change of seasons imminent, stock up on winter fashions so that you’re not forced to craft makeshift loincloths out of Christmas tree skirts when the fall outfit you’re wearing magically vanishes. Attract admiring looks with a paisley silk top ($52) or dazzle lumberjacks with a pair of suede chain flats ($28) during flirtatious log-rolling contests. A striking fringe one-shoulder dress ($58) will give you the power to turn heads of passersby and sashay past territorial badgers unharmed, while the big buddha carrie handbag ($68) comfortably accommodates knickknacks and jars of nail clippings. Fab’rik’s helpful, fashion-forward staff is on hand at all times to help you piece together gorgeous get-ups for your life-size action figures, and will dislodge the heads of any customers who mistake a pair of skinny jeans for a top.
For more than 25 years, pottery guru Robin Cage has nurtured the creativity of local artisans by arranging a warm and loving home for their handcrafted beauties at 43rd Street Gallery. Amidst the welcoming atmosphere, jewelry items ($12+) and pieces of fine art ($50+) adorn the gallery's baby blue walls. Inside the on-site pottery studio, Robin shapes lumps of clay into functional pottery items such as teapots, sugar bowls, and casserole dishes ($10–$100). Glazed and fired in color combinations like blue and white, black and gold, or copper and green, once boring pie plates, platters, and place settings make excellent conversation pieces for those who have heard everything their old coffee mugs have to say. 43rd Street Gallery also enlightens aspiring clayshapers with pottery classes, as well tours of the studio, kiln room, and violin shop on premises.