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.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Timothy's Center for Gardening started in 1965 as a small vegetable farm stand that grew its own produce. Over the years, it evolved into a one-stop gardening center for plants, landscape supplies, pots, and lighting. Grab a bag of cedar mulch to inhibit weed growth or protect your young trees in the winter and a selection of colorful flowers to plant in the spring.
Like leaves on a tree, Dragonfly Farms changes color with the seasons. Owners Patrick and Judy Lapide transform their show rooms to highlight new plants and flowers, home furnishings, and gardening supplies, applying vivid coats of paint and themed backdrops to complement their wares. In addition to greenery and home decor, they offer winemaking supplies and equipment—rendering fermented sips more easily than stomping on beaded fruit.
Jerry’s Artarama stockpiles a vast selection of art supplies for amateur and professional projects. Staff members roam the store, answering art questions and helping to track down hard-to-find supplies for any medium including wrapped canvases and invisible ink. The emporium also hosts workshops throughout the month to develop various painting techniques, as well as demos to meet and learn from instructors in a more informal setting.
White Lotus Home bedecks abodes with a variety of natural and organic furnishings and accessories handmade in the United States. Each organic mattress—available in standard and custom sizes—buoys patrons atop 8–10 layers of U.S.-grown cotton, with most mattresses lasting 5–15 years, depending on how often they are used as settings for moon-landing reenactments. The cotton and wool mattress wraps its core of organically grown, harvested, and processed cotton with New Zealand virgin lamb's wool ($254 for a zabuton; $2,133 for a king-size mattress), which serves to repel dust mites while helping to regulate the body temperatures of its dozing owners. The gentle weave of a pure organic cotton blanket ($82 for a throw) banishes shivers, and handmade sets of organic cotton sateen sheets ($111 for a crib, $349 for a king) grace mattresses with a gentle embrace. Accessorize new linen ensembles without sewing diamonds into pillowcases by enlisting natural furniture such as solid-wood nightstands ($393 for the Pac Rim Classic).