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.
Founded in 1928, Carr Hardware stocks more than 50,000 items that can aid in everything from DIY home-construction projects and lawn maintenance to automotive and party supplies. Shake down low-life weeds for lunch money with Roundup Pump 'N Go Weed & Grass Killer ($16.99), or surround them with positive role models by purchasing the 3.75-pound container of EZ Seed, a life-affirming combination of mulch, seed, and fertilizer ($13.99). Black or tan stack chairs ergonomically assist in lemonade consumption ($18 each), and children can wield 24-inch lawn-and-leaf rakes ($6.99) and glow LED flashlights ($3.99–$6.99) during lawn-raking raves. The 18-inch bamboo grill brush cleans cooking grates with dazzling fortitude and is amply suited to futuristic application as a robot loofah ($6.99).
Marbling daubs of paint, smudging charcoal lines, even springing off a gymnast's mat?the ways students challenge themselves at Renaissance Arts Center are as diverse as the students themselves. Classes are available for students aged three years to adult, and focus on visual arts, fitness, music, and literary arts programs. Curricula are designed to be comprehensive, incorporating a broad base of concepts, from fundamentals to techniques for specific mediums.
With a focus on traditional New England architecture, Classic Colonial Homes, Inc., creates historically styled, predrawn home plans to fit every client's budget and style. Choose one of the design firm's preexisting base plans, ranging from the multilevel Concord Saltbox, boasting two stories in the front and one story in the back (a $3,000 value) to the simply-styled Classic Cape (a $2,000 value). The New England Farmhouse plan (a $4,450 value) can meet the needs of a growing family with 3,072 square feet of living space, up to six bedrooms, an eat-in kitchen, cooking fireplace, and an attached sun porch. Meanwhile, the Brewster Federal plan (a $3,700 value) can serve as a stately country retreat or a historically inaccurate backdrop for Battle of Gettysburg reenactments.
The Spotless Sisters call upon their cleaning prowess during housecleaning sessions, saving clients time by doing the cleaning for them. They make regular visits to clients' homes, returning that like-new sparkle without resorting to glitter-spiked windex. The sisters will use green cleaning products upon request.