After spending years as a salesman for top mattress lines, Steve Shore needed a new mattress himself. Rather than opt for a steep employee discount on one of the mattresses he sold, the enterprising Mr. Shore collected various natural materials and had them assembled into a mattress that met his exacting specifications: a comfy sleep cushion made with no potentially toxic components. The result was such an improvement over the big-name mattresses he sold that Mr. Shore and his son eventually decided to produce a line of organic mattresses based on the prototype, on which Mr. Shore slept soundly for more than a decade.
Now, the Shore men sell their mattresses under the Eco-Cloud name in The Natural Mattress Store. Made from high-quality steel coils topped with natural latex, Eco-Cloud mattresses resist accumulating allergens and nightmare blueprints and retain their shape and support for years. Organic wool and cotton covers help keep sleepers cool and snug in bed by deflecting body heat and wicking away moisture. Each Eco-Cloud mattress comes with a 12-year, nonprorated warranty. In addition to the Eco-Cloud line, The Natural Mattress Store carries more than 20 organic mattresses, as well as eco-friendly, solid wood bedroom furniture from Pacific Rim Woodworking, Bedworks of Maine, and Vermont Furniture Designs.
If the tables and chairs at abba furniture outlet could talk, they would likely tell you some pretty interesting stories. Many of the items were used in photo shoots, others come from discontinued lines or have a few minor irregularities that keep them from traditional retail sale. The showroom displays an eclectic mix of contemporary chairs, desks, stools, coffee tables, and accent pieces. Much like gifts from amnesiac Santa, new furniture arrives every week.
With more than 30 years in the furniture industry, Jonathan Kaye's staff expertly curates the best brand-name furnishings, bedding, and décor for infants and children. Specializing in furniture built from ash, birch, maple, and pine, the shop presents parents with a variety of all-natural sitting, storing, and sleeping fixtures to match with existing décor or the species of tree native to their nurseries. Beyond hard goods, Jonathan Kaye outfits shoppers with blankets and clothing woven from natural sources such as organic cotton and bamboo.
Since 1976, the environmentally conscious staff at The Futon Shop has stocked futons, furniture, and frames built from chemical-free cotton, natural latex, and hybrid soy foam, among other virtuous ingredients. Cushy mattresses, vibrantly shaded futon covers, and platform beds preserve the earth’s bounty as effectively as they accommodate human bodies and under-the-bed monsters. Homeowners can also illuminate domiciles with eco-friendly Eangee lamps, which have a carbon footprint of nearly zero and are manufactured by workers who earn a living wage. Even little ones can enjoy the environmentalist furnishings by napping on an organic crib mattress nestled in a bunny white baby crib.
Books & Bookshelves has much more character than its no-nonsense name implies. For starters, they sell an entire collection of furniture, most of which is custom made. Clients can submit measurements, rough sketches, and even photos of similar pieces they like, which the carpenters use to build one-of-a-kind pieces such as bookcases. Projects can be left unfinished, like Beethoven's 10th chicken wing, or they can be finished with the client's choice of stain or paint.
To fill their newly built bookshelves, customers can shop a library of poetry books written and published by locals. Likewise, a diverse selection of paintings, photography, and even puzzles has all been crafted by area artisans. Shoppers can learn more about the writers and artists at Books & Bookshelves' special events, which have ranged from queer poetry readings to celebrations of W.H. Auden.
The striking, geometric, full-spectrum thunderbird that graces the entrance to Gravel & Gold looks like the combination of retro-future graphics and some Incan trickster god. It’s a good indication of the boutique’s prevailing design: almost everything comes in bold prints. This Mission shop is a repository of pillows, satchels, bags, tank-tops, napkins and bangles, nearly all of them striped or otherwise patterned, and curated from the Bay Area’s vibrant maker culture, as well as their in-house brand. Gravel & Gold stocks home décor and women’s apparel only, but from fountain pens to face mists, it’s a great place for a spree to keep that closet and workspace looking effortlessly stylish. They also offer inventive workshops, where individuals can learn to fashion macramé plant hangers. All in all, few Mission boutiques can boast such attention to craftsmanship.