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.
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.
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).
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.
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.