Viking Blinds is a family-owned-and-operated provider of quality custom window-coverings from Hunter Douglas. With quality wood ($122 for a 36"x36" value blind; $136 for premium) or two-inch aluminum blinds ($116 for 36"x36"), you can suspiciously survey the neighborhood riffraff before letting go with a satisfying snap. Or perhaps you'll find joy performing shadow-puppet shows on soft honeycomb shades ($111 for 30"x30"; $126 for 36"x36") before an audience of tomato-stuffed mason jars. Make sure with today's deal your window-coverings block out the platinum-fringed leaves in the forest homes of obscenely wealthy squirrels, which also shut out the harsh rays of the sun at their convenience.
The crackle of Fireside Hearth & Home's fireplaces have filled the soundscapes of households across the country for more than 60 years. Today, their well-stocked showrooms feature a variety of advanced gas, electric, and wood-burning models from top designers such as Quadra-Fire, Heat & Glo, and Heatilator. In addition to fireplaces and accessories, they offer a number of decorative surrounds and mantels built with stone, wood, or casted material to gussy up any new or existing hearth. At attractive display areas fashioned to look like natural household settings, attentive staffers stand by to answer any questions, offer installation guidelines, or share tips on repelling pesky Santas.
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.
Rainbow Play Systems’s expansive showrooms introduce kids aged 2 to 10 to a wonderland of gym equipment, all of which is available for purchase. A multitude of swing sets with spiral slides, trapeze rings, and tire swings exercise tykes while preparing them for the physics portion of the SAT.
Shop in the City's bright, funky storefront brims with a host of eclectic goods. Scrub off scum or the flavor of beef stew with a bar of fine soap, exuding scents of classic french lavender ($6.95) or french verbena ($6.95), or sate jewelry cravings with turquoise bracelets ($14.95–24.95) or an antique multichain necklace ($28). Minnesota T-shirts available in a trifecta of colors give visitors a way to voice statewide solidarity ($26.95). After browsing the boutique's wearable wares, settle into a comfy, brightly upholstered armchair and sample a few pages of one of Shop in the City’s selection of books ($5.95+). High ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and a quaint collection of lamps add a charming vintage ambiance, where an assortment of wall mirrors allows vampires to don bowler hats in homage to René Magritte.
Castle Building & Remodeling, one of Remodeling magazine’s Big 50 of 2011, hosts a team of professional designers and builders who overhaul interiors with historically inspired concepts. Two design-selection studios display the custom craftsmanship, showcasing a 1940s–style kitchen with cherry cabinets and a 1910s–style bathroom with hex tile flooring and a sink full of Teddy Roosevelt's mustache trimmings.
The remodelers create a mockup of each project using 3-D CAD software, noting any desired changes before installation. They realize projects with the help of artisanal manufacturers such as Clay Squared, whose artists craft custom ceramic tiles using time-honored methods.