The Mattress Factory's knowledgeable, non-commissioned staff guide customers to high-quality memory-foam, hybrid and innerspring mattresses from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Beautyrest. Customers can shop at ease in an atmosphere that's free of sales pressure, price haggling, and the complex conversion of U.S. currency into the steel ingots accepted by mattress-making dwarves. The Mattress Factory will also set up your new mattress and remove your old one for free.
Museums typically showcase art in carefully curated rooms. At Mattress Factory, however, the room itself is the art. Since 1977, the museum's two buildings have housed a permanent collection of contemporary installation art—room-sized works that engulf the entire space. In Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, mirrored ceilings and walls infinitely reflect a trio of fluorescent dots painted on a white formica floor. In Greer Lankton's It's all about ME, Not You, astroturf lines a floor covered in artful arrangements of grotesque dolls that form shrines to artists such as Patti Smith and Candy Darling.
To further immerse guests, Mattress Factory's exhibitions are paired with educational programs that range from lectures to hands-on art projects. Along with stimulating the public, the museum stimulates the growth of artists through its residency program, which invites participants to create installations while living near the museum, a much more practical alternative to hiding a secret cot in the coatroom.
For 60 years, Al's Awning Shop has been awing residential and commercial clients with custom-made awnings, custom-designed canvas products, and more. Today's sidecar Groupon keeps the wind off your back while you test the ice for cracks. The ice hut, which measures 44"x58" at the base and 52" in height, has room for two tenants and features four pockets, two zippers, and two windows. Made with a sturdy, durable canvas, the hut can be easily assembled, dismantled, and hoisted by a solitary ice-fisherman.
A parade of fixtures from brands such as Kohler, Moen, and Grohe tempts kitchen and bath savants at The Somerville Showroom. An Aqueous single-hole bathroom faucet shoots a steady flow of water into waiting basins ($111.07), and a Kohler Cachet elongated toilet seat snaps off easily to be cleaned or used as an emergency Frisbee ($59.30). Alternately, a polished chrome Kohler Flipside showerhead caresses soul cases with four different flavors of spray—a traditional shower, a dense and drenching spa mist, a pulsating water massage, and a circular-patterned spray ($95.30). Homeowners can also bring along detailed plans of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, and knowledgeable staff members can advise which faucet finishes will complement countertops or pink-and-red Hello Kitty color schemes.
Creation Station encourages decorators to adorn and embellish a diverse selection of pottery in a colorful studio with complimentary paint and no sitting fees. Clay-based artistes may utilize the facilities for as long as they need to decorate pieces ranging from tiles ($8–$10) and mugs ($20–$27) to serving trays ($30–$50) and famous Disney characters ($23–$36), such as Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse, and Annette Funicello. A full spectrum of shades bestows the freedom to personalize bisques before the expert staff of kiln tenders finishes off the masterpiece with free glazing and firing services. Creation Station welcomes customers every day of the week to take a seat on cushy stools at round worktables to transform a commonplace coffee cup into a gilded challis owned by the World's Greatest Inmate.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.