Started in 1998, Fired Up Studios has quickly evolved from a small pottery studio to an art center with classes and a gallery. Despite this growth, its mission remains the same: to raise the spirits of anyone who enters. In the 7,200-square-foot studio, experienced potters provide a judgment-free creative outlet for students and visiting artists alike, inviting them to have fun and experiment with the studio's collection of pottery wheels, kilns, and glazes. These potters also teach students how to throw clay, shape up elegant bowls and vases, and sculpt pixelization onto nude figures.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
The dedicated brothers who operate Buck's Furniture have been presenting customers with a vast selection of high-quality, solid wood furniture for more than 50 years. Available unfinished, factory finished, or custom finished by in-house professionals, the majority of Buck's room fillers are wrought from maple, pine, or oak, with a few items crafted from still-decorated Christmas trees. A flexible number of supper guests may comfortably surround a kitchen table with metropolitan legs ($559.95), which extends from 60 inches to 75 inches long, and a steam-bent Windsor chair ($109.95–$139.95) invites after-dinner lingering by cradling backs in subtly curved solid wood. A comfy eucalyptus adironack chair ($199.95) inspires lazy chats and afternoon gossip about which milkman is secretly lactose intolerant, and painted rocking chairs ($169.95) outfit dens in creaky chic comfort available in both white and black.
With an eye for bold design, the staff at FinnStyle curates clothing, home décor, and other goods from Finnish designers including Marimekko, Iittala, and Artek. The online store and brick-and-mortar building house wares that have been featured in magazines such as Lucky, Dwell, and The Nest. Among the items, colorful bolts of Marimekko fabric await future occupations as curtains, pillow covers, or dresses, and Kalevala jewelry designs, modeled after archeological finds from the Iron Age, form bold statement pieces for the neck, ears, and wrists.