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.
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.
Since 1957, Yankee Trails World Travel has connected upstate New York to the wider world with motor-coach entertainment packages and all-inclusive travel packages. Its fleet of coaches received the highest safety rating from the state Department of Transportation, despite the fact that their buses are not coated in bubble wrap. Each year, travelers embark on hundreds of motor-coach tours to sporting events, casinos, and plays. Air-travel packages zip patrons off to exotic locales, and scenic cruises expose guests to the pristine waters and sandy shores of the Caribbean.
The cycling experts at Broadway Bicycle Co. pair riders with mountain, road, triathlon, and hybrid bikes from top industry brands such as Redline and Specialized. In-house cycling savants offer fittings in a private room to ensure that a bike and its potential owner both enjoy long rides on the beach and passive-aggressive air-horn blasts. While their bikes are being adjusted or outfitted with new tires, cyclists can browse air pumps, helmets, and accessories to enhance bike performance. Parents dropping in to service their bikes or to try on cycling gear can send their wee ones to draw on the chalkboard walls of the children’s room.
Across five locations in Massachusetts and New York, Homebrew Emporium's resident experts educate local brewers in the ancient ways of beer. Inside each store, visitors will find an array of equipment, ingredients, and accessories ranging from complete home-brewing kits to hop pellets in a variety of styles. Classes teach greenhorns the ropes on how to perfect a home-brewed beer, prepare bottles and kegs, and throw an epic party to drink it all.