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.
Sick of buying expensive supplies and having to adhere to a class schedule just to create art, Jennifer Kurtz Rubin started the first of her chain of ceramic lounges in 1993. Each Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge is designed as a social and creative space, one that all customers can use to express themselves artistically while catching up with friends. The lounge throws open its doors for both kids and adults to decorate clay bisque pieces, such as mugs and salad bowls, with a bounty of colorful supplies, never worrying about cleanup afterward. Once they’re complete, the art pieces are glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in a few days. And because artists can stay for a whole afternoon or just 30 minutes, the lounge even grants a few moments of creativity to patrons with the busiest schedules. The company also goes beyond casual art making to host parties for kids and adults, in which they can bring in live music, serve food, and train scoops of ice cream to paint their own bowls.
Brazil native Claudia Diniz curates and designs a menagerie of flattering, fashionable clothing to outfit ladies for workouts or leisure. The activewear she stocks in her online and brick-and-mortar boutique infuses fitness gear with style thanks to decorative cutouts and body-hugging silhouettes as well as fabrics engineered to resist wind or fight bacteria. The cajubrasil one piece jumpsuit flaunts taut stomachs with a sheer overlay and its spandex-like New Zealand fabric hugs curves down to the calves. Her signature brand leggings, meanwhile, conform to body shapes via Supplex fibers, which protect legs from UV rays and very short supervillains. Viva O Sol also carries other fashionable brand names such as Bia Brasil, Gloss Army, Caju Brasil, Blue Fish, Equilibrium, Goddsswear.
Angela?s Salon & Boutique?s stylists have garnered a base of loyal regulars thanks to their commitment to maintaining their customers? comfort and privacy from the moment they walk through the salon doors. The coiffeurs regularly hone their skills with ongoing training, ensuring that their menu of services features trendy treatments such as MoroccanOil hair masks alongside timeless salon staples including hair extensions. Throughout the day, staffers can be found buzzing about their styling stations, gilding strands with multidimensional highlights or wrangling drooping locks and thought bubbles into elegant updos. The team complements its hair-ameliorating services with treatments such as airbrush makeup applications, facial waxing, and eyelash extensions.
Sessions founder Joel Gomez embraced snowboarding back in the 1980s, when ski resorts were still turning boarders away from their slopes. Joel, already an avid skateboarder and surfer, wanted to throw himself into this new sport, and in 1983 he opened up one of the first shops dedicated to snowboarding in the United States. Like snowboarding itself, Sessions grew into an international venture, providing warm outerwear from brands such as d3o and Recco for snowboarders to wear as they carve up slopes or relax in a freezing-cold tub of water. Their collection of apparel, which includes insulated pants, softshell jackets, and boarding accessories, features both muted and vibrant colors inspired by skating culture and punk rock music.
Shoe Candy owner Lucille Mendes celebrates flirtatious femininity with her collection of apparel by popular brands that include Fergie, True Religion, and Oh Yes. Even her sunlit storefront reinforces the apparel’s bend toward girlish silhouettes—clothing is partitioned into closet-like enclaves, and dainty chandeliers dangle from the ceiling. Staffers happily guide clients toward ensembles that can help to turn heads at stylish soirees or toward more casual looks that make the couch happy to be seen with you. Once clients hone in on perfect outfits, on-staff seamstresses can tweak them for an even more figure-flattering fit.