Newlyweds can’t stop praising the staff at Flowers & Fancies. In several glowing reviews posted on the business’s website, satisfied customers praise their bridal bouquets and aisle-side blooms, with some even hand-scrawling their thank-you notes to the florist. While the shop’s employees boast a special knack for creating wedding-day arrangements, their artistic bouquets express a wide spectrum of sentiments so flower givers don’t ever have to change facial expressions. On anniversaries, 12 long-stem roses commemorate years of devotion, while sprays of pink flowers make a friend’s day. The floral artists also indulge a whimsical streak with pup-shaped arrangements and a line of cocktail-inspired bouquets that only cause intoxication if soaked in vodka and eaten as a snack.
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.
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.
Since 1969, the suppliers at Office Furniture Liquidators have beautified and outfitted bare office walls and classrooms with sturdy, handsome used and new furniture pieces. A lineup of stylish geometric couches and chairs infuse lobbies and reception areas with a contemporary flair, while lecterns and conference tables spice up conference rooms.
In addition to equipping start-ups and schools with new desks, chairs, and cabinets, OFL operates with a watchful eye on eco-friendly policies. They cut down on waste by recycling plastics and metal, and forgo landfills by renewing and restoring reusable furnishings.
Bunched together in a vase of clear glass, freshly cut stems support the blossoms of fuchsia roses, pink carnations, and white daisies. A wicker basket brims with orange Asiatic lilies and purple asters, its weight anchoring a Mylar balloon emblazoned with the words "Happy Birthday."
These are just two of the sights that rank as commonplace within the polychromatic confines of Wilhide's Unique Flowers & Gifts, a shop that specializes in celebrating special occasions with bouquets and gourmet food baskets. Wilhide’s florists take care while crafting their bouquets to ensure that each stem has a pristine bloom and each petal is fitted with a dapper top hat.
Branching from a hallway adorned with hanging plants are private treatment rooms painted a soft sage green. In these tranquil nooks, aestheticians perform various facials that imbue expressions with youthful radiance and clarity. Several facials include steam cleaning, extractions, staring contests, and masks; more specialized services, such as back facials and anti-aging facials, nurture skin with products of marine origin. Massage therapists direct their attention to knots below the skin with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages.