Arthur H. Simmons was a cabinetmaker, and a good one at that. So eager was he to outfit the homes of his community with his creations that in 1879—the same year that Thomas Edison tested the first practical light bulb and Alexander Graham Bell invented the Liberty Bell—the skilled craftsman opened the doors of Simmons Furniture in his hometown of Adams. Though the world has changed in the long years since Simmons Furniture’s founding, and the business is now under the helm of the Riley family, Arthur H. Simmons’s original commitment to selling quality furniture and meeting his customers’ needs remains the company’s cornerstone.
Now, more than a century since the store’s inception, staffers stock both of Simmons Furniture’s locations with home goods and furnishings from a carefully curated assortment of brands, including Ashley, Furniture Traditions, and Serta. The knowledgeable employees circulate through each store’s showrooms, ready to help shoppers to find a suitable accent piece or to answer questions relating to which of the store’s wardrobes enable direct commutes to Narnia. Along with American-made brands, eco-friendly furnishings, and luxurious wares imported from around the globe, Simmons Furniture also continues to support the community with a section dedicated solely to goods forged by local artists and merchants.
Wilmington Candle Company's artisans make every single candle they sell right in their store, hand-pouring small batches to ensure consistent quality. At the heart of each candle, they place a high-quality wick capable of creating a large melting pool that extends to the edges of the candle's vessel; when lit, the wick burn the candle all the way down without wasting wax. Not only is such a design efficient, it's also pleasant to the senses, as the waxes have been imbued with some combination of the shop's 60 scented oils.
The company's artisans use the oils that don't go into their candles to enrich other handmade creations. They make goat's milk soaps and lotions, whipped sugar scrubs, and car fresheners that make vehicles smell like a field of lavender traveling at 60 miles per hour.
Ever since The Barn Grocery Store opened as a discount grocery store more than a decade ago, it has grown every year. Today, it stocks fresh and organic produce & dairy, grocery, frozen foods, butcher-shop meats, and bakery items in a 10,000-square-foot facility. The products come from both local wholesalers and food brokers who represent major brands, meaning shoppers can find classic supermarket items at grocery-outlet prices.
Sun pours past window planters full of flowers, rippling across the handcrafted bowls and vases that line The Broken Mold?s canary-hued walls. Shelves and tables groan beneath an array of watercolors, acrylics, and oils. Artists seeking a workspace away from the narcissistic bowls of fruit that fill most homes practice their craft in The Broken Mold?s studios, and pupils of all levels build their skills by enrolling in lessons or by observing skilled studio potters. The Broken Mold sells and showcases the work of local artists with events throughout the year.
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In 1947, Angela and Bernard DiSiena started peddling appliances and kitchen cabinets in a garage with dirt floors covered by canvas. More than six decades later, DiSiena Furniture boasts 85,000 square feet of space spanning a trio of buildings. Today, Angie's three children and their spouses still preside over daily operations. The family brightens homes with furniture from a medley of brands, outfitting boudoirs with luxurious beds, offices with desks, and living rooms with couches and leather recliners. They also add finishing touches to home decor with lamps, mirrors, and grandfather clocks, whose cardigans and corncob pipes lend a distinguished air to any room.
Laser devices fill every loop in Nashville Laser Spa's tool belt. The certified laser technicians reach for them during noninvasive LaserFast hair removal sessions, where they unholster the one best suited to an individual's skin tone. With the help of accompanying cooling systems, each laser banishes unwanted follicles while keeping skin from overheating. Confident in their results, hair removal is backed by a two-year guarantee after the completion of eight treatments. Their laser prowess extends to facial rejuvenation as well, and they stimulate collagen growth, improving texture and tone with the help of LaserLiteTx skin-tightening treatments.