The craftsmen at Blueberry Meadows Interiors know a solid piece a furniture can be the difference between a house and a home. With that in mind, they've made it their mission to pair people with well-built, designer imports through a hassle-free process that cuts out the middleman and his dreaded scheming. From beds and chests to chairs and coffee tables, furnishings come in several timbers, stains, and paints, so guests can match new additions to the rest of their home decor.
Bean Around Books connects curious minds with literary gems in a tidy, friendly atmosphere awash in the aromas of freshly brewed teas. The shop shelves an array of new and used books—from romance and mystery to sci-fi and self-help—that currently include page flippers such as the Star Trek Titan series ($5+) and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code ($15) in a special illustrated edition. Customers hunting for a rare first edition of Chicken Soup for the Salad-Shunning Soul can enjoy more than 25 loose-leaf teas in the seating area, or take home infusions that include varieties such as luscious mango ($11.99/100 g), green ginseng ($11.49/100 g), and Ilam artisanal oolong ($15.99/100 g) from Nepal. In the seating area, guests enjoy plentiful room in which to sip their earl grey while practicing Sherlock Holmes impressions or surfing the shop’s free WiFi. Bean Around Books also features the work of local artists and visiting writers, and an assortment of handcrafted jewellery.
Some years ago, Paul and Caroline heard rumblings about water hyacinths. Their inner horticulturalists were intrigued because these plants bloom early and combat algae, but water hyacinths were only imported from Singapore at the time and often carried invasive parasites. So, the couple resolved to grow the plants themselves and start Woodbridge Ponds, a local greenhouse specializing in safe, locally cultivated specimens.
Today, their two-pronged business consists of Echo Nurseries, a 27,000-square-foot wholesale nursery, and Woodbridge Ponds, a sprawling retail shop brimming with beautiful water lilies and pond plants, lively fish, and essential pond hardware and supplies. All of the shop’s retail plants are grown at the adjacent nursery, ensuring that no seedlings get homesick while waiting for a new owner. Their friendly team of loyal local women helps visitors navigate hundreds of available plants, which gussy up large ponds and simple birdbaths alike.
At Sleep Komfort, shoppers can peruse an expansive, ever-changing inventory of mattresses and furniture. Offering the full range of sleep-vessel sizes⎯from twins to kings to alien emperors⎯Sleep Komfort purveys such offerings as pillow tops from Sealy ($849) and King Koil ($749), as well as firm, spine-supporting tight tops from Eurotop ($549). A multifunctional back-wedge support system provides further backbone bolstering as well as a neck pillow and built-in massage ($249). Sleep Komfort's Memory Foam mattresses contour to the curves of sleepers' bodies and reminisce with their owners on command ($949). The store also offers upholstery, coffee and end tables, and dining sets.
Creekside Country Home Decor outfits homes and humans alike with a plenitude of modern and antique goods, including artwork, jewellery, and decor items artfully displayed in inviting confines. Carpal canvases regain the confidence to wave like those of royal greeters when adorned with wrist-enhancing bracelets ($15.95), and French soap ($1.75 for a small, $6.50 for a large) whisks away epidermal dirt and leaves skin gleaming. Venture into the lucrative market of ornithological real estate with a birdhouse on a stake ($10.99), or help loved ones revel in the soft glow of a Country Affair jar candle gift ($9.99 for a small, $15.99 for a large). Shoppers can also use this Groupon toward reproduction furniture and a variety of ageless home decor, such as an antique washboard ($45) that serves as both a charming interior decoration and a harrowing reminder to modern cleaning appliances of how good they really have it.