Occasionally, an Italian exporter will ask the owner of Poggi Bonsi why she named her business after Poggibonsi, a small town in Tuscany. The answer is simple: it's fun to say. It may be even more fun to peruse the shop's shelves, which hold handpicked items from artisans across the pond. The woman who owns the shop seeks out suppliers who practice crafts the same way her ancestors did. This explains Poggi Bonsi's extensive stock of Italian ceramics and French linens. They supplement this timeless selection with modern appliances, kitchen gadgets, and bakeware.
With a total of 14 locations, sewing and quilting classes, and a cornucopia of handpicked sewing products, Quality Sewing & Vacuum offers needle wielders all the necessities for their projects. Experts helm free sessions that teach participants how to use their sewing machines to work toward reinventing an old skirt or craft an elegant canine wedding gown, while special events feature guest speakers who impart home decor, garment construction, quilting, and embroidery tips to audience members. Shoppers can peruse the cache of sewing machines from brands such as Singer, Pfaff, and Brother alongside accessories, embroidery designs, and vacuums that clean up rooms after testing out how easy it is to find a needle in a haystack.
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
Using tests devised by the Department of Energy, AAA Heating & Air Conditioning helps homeowners isolate structural challenges that contribute to poor air quality and expensive utility bills. With a home energy and indoor air-quality audit, AAA's NATE- and BPI-certified technicians will employ vacuum pressure to identify troublesome leaks in and around walls, outlets, can lights, duct systems, and windows. After audits, AAA will furnish homeowners with a prioritized list of improvements that they can tackle on their own. For Groupon holders who are cannot-do-it-yourselfers, AAA offers a 10% discount on all recommended products or services with today’s deal.
Drugstore.com stocks thousands of items sorted by brand and popularity, including daily essentials such as vitamins, skincare products, and makeup and accessories, plus specialty products such as small appliances, pet supplies, and kitchen sinks. Stroll up and down the virtual aisles in search of a device capable of removing peanut butter from between a baby's toes, including the Colgate travel folding toothbrush ($1.99), or protect yourself from the ticklish rays sent to earth by artificial satellites with Banana Boat SPF 100 sunblock lotion ($10.99). Nature Made's 1200mg Fish Oil Softgels ($11.24 sale price for 180 capsules) lube up a body's interior and may reduce the risk of heart disease, and Viva paper towels ($10.99 for a six-pack) are strong enough to be strung together and used as a hammock for small children.
If the tongue-in-cheek staff bios, the colorful mission statement, or the laugh-filled video of its Bellevue store is any indication, Seattle Coffee Gear is run by happy folks. And why wouldn't it be? With two retail locations and a wealth of bright, accessibly written online resources, the company clearly loves coffee and has plenty of energy with which to share that passion. Should they choose, shoppers visiting the stores encounter interactive experiences. They can test over 80 espresso and coffee machine models, learn how to whip up the perfect latte, or put a leash around whatever floating cloud of frothed milk that they want to take home. The stores' new and refurbished gear ranges from simple electric kettles to restaurant-grade, multi-cup espresso machines. An on-staff team of technicians also maintains and repairs the machines that java fans bring in.