Alan J. Gardner opened his Salem factory in 1933, winning over generations of loyal customers with custom-made and odd-sized mattresses in a wide range of styles. Massachusetts-made pallets support sleepers with hand tufted construction and fluffy cotton fillings catered specifically to each client's specifications. The company's direct manufacturer-to-customer supply chain erases the influence of bothersome middlemen or arrogant, cigar-chomping mattress barons. Sleepers select from a variety of comfy cushion styles, such as latex, plush top, tufted, or pocket coils, with options for all-natural materials such as Joma wool and layers of thick cotton-knit fabric.
Open seven days a week, City Housewares outfits stuff-starved kitchens, pantries, and cleaning closets. Craft cups of first-class java in a Bodum french press ($12) or blend refreshing cocktails with a Silex electronic juicer ($17). City Housewares also helps homeowners organize out-of-control caftan collections with Sterilite storage containers and quell cutlery cravings with an assortment of Oxo knives and cooking tools ($4–$25). Stock up on spring-cleaning supplies, such as Mrs. Meyers cleaning products ($5–$16) and True Blues kitchen gloves ($9.50), or give attention-starved dishtowels a place to preen with a wooden drying rack ($15–$30).
At The Clayroom, an evening spent decorating bisque pottery pieces can spark conversation and unleash each guest's inner artist. Visitors hunker down next to one of the studio?s two working fireplaces and work on their selected pottery pieces. After choosing anything from coffee mugs or butter dishes to cereal bowls, painters brush on various colors to create their own pieces of art. The studio kicks open its doors for birthday parties and baby showers, and hosts weekly events as Pizza Night and Wine and Cheese Night.
Oriental Furniture unites customers with a vast online inventory of authentic Japanese, Chinese, and Thai home furnishings. Peruse their collection of Chinese art furniture items such as the ladies tea-time display table featuring dark lacquered trim and traditional artwork from the Song dynasty ($129), or check out a variety of room dividers and accent lamps to divide and illuminate living spaces. Close off room corners with a six-foot-tall window-pane shoji screen ($79), choosing from six natural colors to complement the existing hues of your library and provide ample privacy for changing into smoking jackets. Groupon holders can also invite a figure of compassion into their homes by opting for a 12" handmade Kwan Yin statue. With its head bowed in a peaceful and reflective manner, the Kwan Yin statue encourages onlookers to reflect on their relationships and to perform compassionate acts not only for others, but also for themselves.
Dream On stuffs its 10,000-square-foot store with sturdy futons and more than 30 types of cushy mattresses. Wood whisperers can finish an Ash L full-futon frame in six different shades ($249), helping it match your existing chairs, tables, and toothpick models of San Francisco. Add a full-size futon mattress made from cotton ($129–$399) or high-performance foam ($349–$699) to cushion tushes as they recline and a full-size cover ($39.99–$99.99) to defend cushions against stains. All futons must be assembled by the customer or their staff of human-size allen wrenches.