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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.

816 4th St
San Rafael,
CA
US

Over the past 25 years, Cheap Pete’s framers have honed their technique to a science, creating high-quality framing for any type of artwork, document, or object. Four Bay Area locations stock a huge selection of ready-made frames, including environmentally friendly options crafted from sustainably harvested pine or bamboo. Collage frames display a multitude of photos, showcasing favorite family memories or charting the development of a tiny infant into an adult-size infant. Customers can also create DIY frames with a large selection of framing tools and supplies.

Cheap Pete’s custom-framing services give customers the choice of more than 300 styles of mouldings, five types of glass, and a rainbow of mat colors. Shadowboxes display three-dimensional objects such as sports jerseys, matchbox cars, or exhibitionistic human beings. The shop also stretches canvases onto canvas bars, readying them to be hung at home or on the walls of a gallery.

221 3rd St
San Rafael,
CA
US

As an artist, Jay Joya views frames as pieces of art in and of themselves. He salvages old barn wood and rustic scraps to craft frames that he paints by hand. In addition to the details he puts into his custom borders, Joya's acid-free matting and high-quality glass and acrylic ensure works of art remain preserved for years. A stock of more than 80 sizes of ready-made frames is always at hand to frame pieces in any style, from landscape to portrait to panorama. Beyond art and photography, Joya and his staff help clients frame or shadowbox items such as mirrors, heirlooms, and perfectly cooked steaks.

1595 Francisco Blvd E
San Rafael,
CA
US

Whether it comes as an earthquake, tsunami, or power outage at the Super Bowl, natural disasters can throw a show-stopping monkey wrench into everyday life. Emergency services, cell-phone reception, and sometimes even basic plumbing all take a hit. Earthquake Supply Center readies its clients for such events with more or less anything a casual survivalist needs, especially ready-made kits. The bright red go-bags contain such basic supplies as MREs, water, and first aid kits, and can fit snugly in closets and trunks. Specialty kits include tools for search and rescue or animal first aid.

To outfit people for long-term survival, the center stocks tents, portable radios, bulk cooking supplies, and six-gallon barrels of dehydrated foodstuffs. Earthquake Supply Center also sells informational literature, helping people navigate thorny post-apocalyptic issues, such as finding food, building shelter, and whether or not you should bring your own tin of rainwater to a roast-squirrel dinner party.

3095 Kerner Blvd
San Rafael,
CA
US

Light Rain is the art-scanning and digital-printing department of Dostal Studios that offers a variety of reproduction services. Technicians offer flatbed scanning and direct digital capture to archive art and scan film with options such as color correcting, sharpening, and dust spotting. They reproduce images in prints up to 64 inches wide with archival inks on a variety of papers and media, and the techs also offer retouching to remove unwanted details from photos or art pieces.

898 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael,
CA
US

If the tables and chairs at abba furniture outlet could talk, they would likely tell you some pretty interesting stories. Many of the items were used in photo shoots, others come from discontinued lines or have a few minor irregularities that keep them from traditional retail sale. The showroom displays an eclectic mix of contemporary chairs, desks, stools, coffee tables, and accent pieces. Much like gifts from amnesiac Santa, new furniture arrives every week.

2175 Francisco Blvd E
San Rafael,
CA
US