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.
Holy City Art Glass—housed in a ghost town's one-time post office—sets a historic stage for anyone to learn the time-honored art of creating glass art. Over the course of the two-hour session, accomplished owner Tom Stanton and his cadre of savvy, dedicated glass-art gurus steer the class of 8–10 artistes-to-be through a triumvirate of traditional glass-making processes. Students will first learn how to engrave glass surfaces by etching a star onto a beveled piece of glass, utilizing the same processes that expert artisans employ to cut Waterford Crystal and tree-trunk love poems for JJJfilms.
Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, this wooded retreat provides fresh holiday décor for families of festivity-seekers. Sip a mug of complimentary hot-mulled cider or thoughtfully gnaw on a candy cane as you wander the ranch and find your piney soulmate amongst groves of Douglass Fir ($55+), Sierra Redwood ($40+), and Monterey Pine (40+). Then, fell your coniferous fellow with the provided folding saw. Patchen's cheery staff will assist with any necessary tree wrangling, bundling, and car loading to safely transport your topiary, and even provide a water stand to nourish your arboreal adoptee. Patchen California’s Old Summit Road location also boasts a collection of wreaths, fresh holly, and mistletoe in its Christmas boutique. Unlike wilted pre-cut options or notoriously fickle hedges, forest-fresh trees will retain their needles, woodsy scent, and pine-powered good cheer throughout the holiday season.
Much like the ant farm you shake up once a day, your home is subject to cruel entropy at the hands of time. Fight back against the forces that would dare crack your walls and soot your stoves with today's Groupon: $20 worth of products and services at Los Gatos Ace Hardware for $10.