In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
KidsStreet bolsters the minds and bodies of whippersnappers ages 11 months through 9 years within a safe, positive, esteem-building 7,000-square-foot kid-centric facility. Parents opting to treat their progeny to the jungle-gym pass can kick back while wee ones explore a two-story funstructure of rompable slides, tunnels, and board rooms for discussing quarterly projections of candy revenue.
America's oldest cutlery shop, as noted by The Boston Phoenix, Stoddard's brandishes an assortment of sharp-edged products crafted around the globe. Customers may stop by the shop to pick up a work of cutlery such as a chef's knife ($37–$274), which can rest alongside magic wands or other blades inside a handy 12-piece chef's knife bag ($43). Bolster self-beautifying practices with grooming products such as Seki contour nail clippers ($21), or discover the lamb within every lion with a pair of Rubis pointed slant tip tweezers ($37). The Victorinox Swiss Army SwissChamp ($74), one of dozens of pocket knives, gives owners quick access to more than 20 practical features needed to repair a miniature boat inside a sealed bottle that is lodged in a block of wood.
Using one of the most advanced fabrication workstations in the world, CounterEdge harnesses digital design technology to forge stone countertops. Proliner digital templating equipment lets technicians capture dimensions and surface points for your countertop space, then create a fully rendered digital template that will be imported into the Fabcenter fabrication workstation. One of only five in the world, the Breton Fabcenter cuts, edges, and polishes each slab of igneous artwork, and can outfit countertops with sink cutouts that can accommodate sinks that spout water or sinks that dispense melted chocolate.
The repair specialists behind Mr. Appliance understand that clients should feel comfortable letting repairmen into their homes. That’s why before every job, homeowners receive a confirmation email with a picture of the uniformed, background-checked technician assigned to address their appliance needs. Upon arrival, the serviceman assesses each job by interviewing troubled appliances and recording the results on an iPad. Homeowners then get to see a detailed quote so they understand the work that needs to be done. Experienced with all brands, the technicians begin by securing the work area, putting on shoe covers, and laying down mats before repairing appliances that range from refrigerators to washing machines.
Beyond in-home service, they also supply clients with resources such as online repair manuals and use-and-care tips. They also adhere to an S.O.S—service on your schedule—policy, letting clients secure appointments through online booking.
Shopgreencleaning.com's ecologically ethical products empower the conscientious to cleanse living spaces without risk to children, pets, or the environment. The Joy of Green Cleaning illuminates the process of creating personalized cleaning compounds ($15.95) with more than 70 pages of sanitizing cookery suggestions and sustainable celebratory dances. Soak up kitchen messes with durable and absorbent Skoy cloths ($7.80), which can be used multiple times and biodegrade easily. Clingy grease releases its sticky grip on stone counters, tile backsplashes, and linoleum puppies under the ministrations of the Grab Green all-purpose surface cleaner ($4.99). Shopgreencleaning.com's stock grants solace to scrupulous laundry machines with products such as the Grab Green 3-in-1 laundry detergent ($7.99), which uses an ecologically formulated soap scented with hints of lavender and vanilla to cause confusion between freshly washed socks and bags of tea.