Inside Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s sprawling warehouses and show rooms, friendly staffers stock plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories. Expert designers craft these dwelling fillers, testing raw materials' durability and basic arithmetic skills before transforming them into classy furniture items that mesh with any decorating style. They build many tables and chairs to meet eco-friendly business standards, using recycled engineered wood to reduce landfill waste and slow down deforestation. Ashley also stocks nonwood items, including a selection of state-of-the-art body-cushioning mattresses from brands such as Sealy and Simmons.
For an additional charge, Ashley Furniture HomeStore transports its furniture using its own fleet of semi trucks and fighter planes, which ensure that comfortable couches and slick dining-room tables are never damaged and always fresh smelling. Each location is locally owned and operated, meaning staffers are friendly residents who know which couches best complement regional design trends and indoor weather patterns.
Mattress Firm has a large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and Stearns & Foster. Sleep options range from the soft, cushy Hampton and Rhodes Perthshire pillow-top mattress set ($448+) to the firm and supportive Hampton and Rhodes Stirling firm mattress set ($198+). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.
As a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages has cultivated a network of more than 390 retail stores and relationships with more than 130 artisan groups from around the world. Crafters from 38 different countries across Latin America, Asia, and Africa hand make children’s toys, jewelry, baskets, and tableware, which helps these artisans to earn a steady income and polish marketable skills. At the Archbold location, manager Darlene Rohrer-Meck oversees a passionate staff of volunteers as they curate an assortment of glittering silver jewelry, exotic musical instruments, and sweet-smelling natural cosmetics. Like a Mark Twain ventriloquist dummy, each item in the store is an object bursting with a folksy story to tell, from the graceful, curving African stone statues to the jangly, beaded necklaces from India.
There are almost too many ways to keep the sun from turning a sunroom into a sauna. At Blind by Mark, factory-trained technicians apply their in-depth knowledge and experience—honed over the company's 25-year history—of design and construction to accentuate windows with name-brand blinds, shades, and shutters or custom window coverings in a variety of styles. Whether choosing from woven jute and bamboo or designing dovetail-jointed wooden shutters, Blinds by Mark focuses on matching the interior's aesthetic while preventing UV rays and heat from giving the carpet an unwanted tan.
Mattress Mart's slumber experts stock their stores with locally made and major-brand sleep surfaces—such as Serta and Englander—in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Customers can rest their backs on the firm billows of a Posture Cushion twin set or support larger-scale lumbar regions with a soft, flippable Crazy Quilt king-size set. Mattress Mart also curates the Pure Rest line, which boasts a stamp of approval from the Ohio State Chiropractic Association for its top-notch support second only to sleeping on a pile of loving aunts.
Rod’s Hallmark offers gift-givers a myriad of attractive options, from dainty ornaments and well-crafted glassware to sparkling jewelry. With the holidays a swiftly approaching, ominous glow on the horizon, Hallmark is releasing 100 new Keepsake ornaments ($7.95 and up), with soon-to-be treasured tree-danglers including the Peanuts characters on ice and the Switzerland edition of the Santas Around the World collection. Freshen up your living room or shrine to Ben Stein with autumnal scents from Yankee Candle ($1.99–$24.99). Davinci Jewelry makes the ideal gift for your special anyone, with alluring beads ($6.99), necklaces ($19.99), and bracelets ($10.99) for your perusal. And, of course, Hallmark offers a wide array of gift and greeting cards for virtually every conceivable holiday, from recordable birthday cards to oddly specific missives that congratulate grandmothers on accidentally escaping from maximum-security prison.