Golden Oldies' flagship store measures almost an entire city block and is crammed with wood furnishings, chandeliers, and antique clocks. With more than 30 years of experience, Golden Oldies' antique appraisers take their time when selecting their inventory, focusing on the details, intricacies, and secret candy caches lurking inside each piece. Decorate dining rooms with a rich and regal country-french oak table ($1,200), or show off fine china and sippy cups with a curved english mahogany glass cabinet ($14,000). The Golden Oldies blog showcases the stars of its constantly changing inventory; recently acquired treasures have included pine hutches, danish mid-century cabinets, and a variety of dining-room-ready tables fashioned out of mahogany, rosewood, French oak, and popsicle sticks.
For the last 10 years, Andrus Fine Art Gallery’s friendly, insightful staff has helped homeowners bring style and color to their once bare walls. The wholesale art importer offers a wide selection of oil paintings, ready-made frames, and custom-framing services. The gallery leap-frogs the middle man to work directly with talented artists from around the world in order to offer well-brushed beauties at affordable prices. With thousands of paintings in stock, art lovers can choose from a variety of styles such as abstracts, Venetian, Parisian, Western, local art, famous reproductions, surrealism, and dried-macaroni sculpture (average prices start at $100 for an 8"x10", including frame). If custom framing is on your to-do list, Andrus can corral artwork up to 10 feet in length, using a variety of styles and finishes to deck any home's halls with four-sided wall furniture. Custom framing is priced per foot and depends on the size and style of molding selected.
Owner Ken Buchler doesn't cut corners. He and his highly trained technicians always perform preservice consultations and postservice surveys to maximize customer experience. Clients may also solicit a contractor for home-renovation projects, such as deck staining and hardwood-floor installation, or meet with the company's on-staff color consultant for decorating help during interior-painting projects.
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.