For more than half a century, Mill Stores has dispensed an enormous array of high quality, ready-to-finish wood furniture and accents to enhance homestead comfort. As a factory-finished solid-oak rocker ($249.99) supports reclining spines, a three-step stool ($19.77), crafted from solid eastern white pine, aids customers in accessing difficult to reach shelves filled with stashes of candy and bacon fat. Stockpile bottles of grapey goodness in a solid wood Tuscany wine box ($39.99) or artfully arrange CDs and DVDs in the sliding separators of a solid pine rack ($23.99). A shingled-roof doghouse ($179.99) shelters canines in safe, cozy pine, and a cast-stone scroll birdbath ($49.88) cleanses neighboring loons and fallen airplane peanuts in its stylish cement surface. Shoppers unable to find their desired décor in stock can request customized designs, which Mill Stores crafts in two weeks or less.
The charming window displays of Sweet Thoughts draw customers into the cozy gift shop, which stocks a wide variety of items, from housewares to chocolates. Stock up on jars of handmade French mustards, pasta and pesto from Tuscany, pickled beets from a New Hampshire farm, or smoked sea salt from the coast of Maine, or mix and match items into a gourmet gift basket. The store is an ideal stop before a housewarming party, since visitors will find wines, serving accessories, glassware, home-grown art, craft beer, and gourmet gifts.
A crystal centerpiece. A rustic ladderback chair. One really handsome candlestick. Finding the final touch for a nearly finished room designed usually reminds people of the worst parts of needles and haystacks. Fortunately, that's the whole reason the shopkeepers at Hideaway Boutique come to work in the mornings. These design professionals fill their store with antique and boutique-quality glassware, ceramics, and furniture, helping clients furnish their homes without sending them on a neverending search.
Owner Theresa Arsenault and the petal-pushers at Dogwood Floral Design teach the art of building a beauteous bouquet. With no more than eight students per class, this small informal workshop explores how to artfully arrange a few hand-selected seasonal blooms. Pupils will play with color palettes and learn to layer textures, as well as discuss which blossom looks best on a trick squirting boutonnière. The price of tuition covers floral shears and a take-home vase or container for each colorful creation, as well as light refreshments to be enjoyed at the session's end.