Jason Harris brews classic American pale ales right alongside his own patented version of watermelon beer, illustrating his passion for both traditional techniques and forward-thinking beer recipes. The company he started in 1992, Keystone Homebrew Supply, now employs a staff of similarly dedicated crafters who are wise in the ways and means of making your own beer, wine, cheese, mead, honey, and flavored play-doh. In addition to stocking all the required equipment and ingredients, Keystone's 23,000-square-foot location in Montgomeryville also hosts classes that inspire amateurs to cook up their own tipples and cheeses.
A fused-glass peace sign dangles in a window, its iridescent blue-and-green hues catching glimmers of sunlight. Elsewhere, a shiny yellow-and-black dog formed from clay smiles from its painted-on mouth. These are just two of the many artistic projects students can tackle at The Mud Shack, an art studio brimming with classes in glass fusing, ceramics, and pottery painting. Working artists helm the sessions, guiding pupils toward creating their own magnum opuses in the form of a hand-thrown vase, a mosaic tile, or a mug for holding smaller mugs.
The Mattress Factory's knowledgeable, non-commissioned staff guide customers to high-quality memory-foam, hybrid and innerspring mattresses from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Beautyrest. Customers can shop at ease in an atmosphere that's free of sales pressure, price haggling, and the complex conversion of U.S. currency into the steel ingots accepted by mattress-making dwarves. The Mattress Factory will also set up your new mattress and remove your old one for free.
The glazing and firing crew at Paint N' Pottery Plus facilitate artists and craft-makers of all ages by way of their pottery-painting and glass-fusing ventures. Push up sleeves to access Paint N' Pottery's workroom ($9 for adults; $7 for ages 12 and under), where a stock of more than 500 dishwasher-safe pottery pieces wait to be frescoed and fired to your servable satisfaction ($2–$120). Everyday kitchen items such as mugs ($8–$17), salad and dinner plates ($12+), and platters ($30–$70) await to jazz up dinner parties. Other options including animal-shaped banks, pet bowls and treat jars ($15–$35), or garden gnomes, birdhouses and watering cans ($12–$40) breathe new life into bare living spaces. Once artfully adorned, pieces are passed to the hands of one of the studio’s kiln-whisperers, where it will be glazed, fired, and housebroken, and ready for pickup in 7 to 10 days.
The slumber scientists at America's Mattress provide visitors with the springy equipment necessary for horizontal expeditions into the unconscious. The Newtonia Bay mattress ($599+ on sale, $1,099 regular) is available in firm for proponents of back support and plush for advocates of sleeping in the arms of a massive teddy bear. Pursue recumbence with the Serta Perfect Sleeper Marengo ($799 on sale, $1,199 regular), or transform torpor into restfulness with a Serta Perfect Sleeper Glen Haven mattress with memory foam ($899 on sale, $1,799 regular), which provides balanced support and remembers important dreams so they can be analyzed later for clues to kitchen candy stashes. Customers receive free delivery, setup, and removal for mattress sets priced at $699 or more.
Chalfont Hardware equips handy hands with tools to restore, renew and retain the value of residences and rides. The Do It Best organizes thousands of DIY doodads into a diverse plethora of departments, including hand tools, automotive, lawn and garden, home accents, and outdoor recreation. Gear up for a summer of alfresco food firing with a Weber grill ($89.70+) and a selection of accessories, and ensure a luxurious outdoor carpeting with bulk grass seed ($3.74 per pound). Paint ($22.99 for a gallon of flat interior paint) prepares your home's inner cavities for entertaining and hides the primitive cave drawings that walls accumulate during wintertime hibernation. Crewless pirates can take to the currents on an Emotion kayak ($249+), or pillage by land with a wheelbarrow ($100). The hardware hub's knowledgeable staff and history of more than four decades in the tool trade ensures Ms., Mr., and Dr. Fix-its an able body of handy knowledge to help with any improvement project.