The glazing and firing crew at Paint N' Pottery Plus facilitate artists and craft-makers of all ages by way of their pottery-painting and glass-fusing ventures. Push up sleeves to access Paint N' Pottery's workroom ($9 for adults; $7 for ages 12 and under), where a stock of more than 500 dishwasher-safe pottery pieces wait to be frescoed and fired to your servable satisfaction ($2–$120). Everyday kitchen items such as mugs ($8–$17), salad and dinner plates ($12+), and platters ($30–$70) await to jazz up dinner parties. Other options including animal-shaped banks, pet bowls and treat jars ($15–$35), or garden gnomes, birdhouses and watering cans ($12–$40) breathe new life into bare living spaces. Once artfully adorned, pieces are passed to the hands of one of the studio’s kiln-whisperers, where it will be glazed, fired, and housebroken, and ready for pickup in 7 to 10 days.
The slumber scientists at America's Mattress provide visitors with the springy equipment necessary for horizontal expeditions into the unconscious. The Newtonia Bay mattress ($599+ on sale, $1,099 regular) is available in firm for proponents of back support and plush for advocates of sleeping in the arms of a massive teddy bear. Pursue recumbence with the Serta Perfect Sleeper Marengo ($799 on sale, $1,199 regular), or transform torpor into restfulness with a Serta Perfect Sleeper Glen Haven mattress with memory foam ($899 on sale, $1,799 regular), which provides balanced support and remembers important dreams so they can be analyzed later for clues to kitchen candy stashes. Customers receive free delivery, setup, and removal for mattress sets priced at $699 or more.
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.
Each person has unique bedding needs, and that’s why Princeton Mattress’s owners Janeen and Jim carry a range of mattresses to accommodate sleepers of all types. Joined by a staff of sleep consultants—who boast 33 years’ combined experience in the industry—they help each customer choose the perfect spot to rest their head. Inside a pastel-walled showroom, customers test out eco-friendly mattresses from Paramount, pressure-relieving 100% pure organic natural latex mattresses from Organicpedic, memory-foam mattresses from Tempur-Pedic and iComfort, and classic mattresses from Simmons Beautyrest and Serta Perfect Sleeper, for which Princeton Mattress is an authorized dealer. Princeton also sells handcrafted kids’ furniture by New Hampshire–based company Oak Designs. For purchases of $599 and up, staffers will deliver new bedding and remove old bedding, allowing customers to gaslight their roommates with a secret furniture swap.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
For more than 88 years, the lamplighters at Capitol Lighting have illuminated homes with attractive fixtures in styles ranging from French country to Art Deco. More than 500,000 products, including bright lamps and bulbs from Corbett Lighting, Schonbek, Hudson Valley, and Savoy House, await their opportunity to banish darkness and beautify home spaces ranging from dining room ceilings to outdoor paths. Beyond bulbs in all shapes and sizes, Capitol also carries a vast selection of home accessories, such as hallway mirrors that give residents a final chance to ensure their antennas are hidden before leaving the house.