The sunny yellow clapboards of a 135-year-old farmhouse announce the bright wares of the Village Lamp Shop, a family enterprise that has sold and repaired lighting elements since the days of the oil lamp. The Beuthien family sparked their business in the dawn of the 20th century, lighting candles and lamps for the observation of religious rituals. Now in its third generation, the lampsmiths specialize in filling homes with mid-century, retro, and antique fixtures restored to their original brilliance, as well as custom fabrication of everything from base to wavelength. Their handiness manifests in a line of cylinder lamps made on-site with '50s-inspired prints. The family's appreciation for kitsch and wry sense of humor comes to light through the store's mascot, Lou, a stereotypical 1950's partier who displays his spirit by crowning himself in a lampshade and singing Buddy Holly tunes off-key.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening and holiday projects with a large selection of holiday lights, trim, decor, and gifts. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the holiday season, English Gardens transforms each of its retail stores into spectacular Christmas centers with nearly 20 professionally decorated theme trees and everything needed to festively decorate homes.
Open more than 45 years, the Van Jaarsveld Decorating Center showroom abounds with furniture, framed art, area rugs, and household decorations in a variety of designs and styles. Knowledgeable staffers stand by to suggest products, such as designer wall coverings or premium paints from C2 and Pratt & Lambert, that best complement existing furniture or a household theme. Using customer-specified measurements, they’re also happy to customize window treatments. Customers in need of more involved assistance can look to the shop’s team of designers, who journey to homes to provide interior-decorating consultations or fill in for injured players during family games of backyard softball.
At Mattress Closeout Center, the staff uses negotiation skills to continuously replenish a diverse inventory of brand-name mattresses—many of them culled from factory overstocks, liquidations, last-year models, and overruns. While grazing through one of the brand-name liquidation center's four locations, guests can sip a cup of complimentary Starbucks coffee or bottle of Coca Cola and research consumer reviews and retail prices on the store's iPad. Mattress Closeout Center also provides exact lists of inventory and pricing online, with a comparison of the store's discount prices beside the normal retail prices. The store's well-established rapport is also backed by myriad testimonials from satisfied sleepers and bounce-happy trampoline enthusiasts.
The shopkeepers at Birmingham Design Studio pair an inventory of luxurious home goods with decades of experience and sharp eyes for tasteful design. Birmingham Design Studios' rugs pass rigorous tests by certified Oriental-rug appraisers for quality, beauty, and value, showing off hand-knotted flanks, complex patterns, and rich colors in the showroom. Small 2'x3' rugs ($350–$2,000) stretch through hallways or welcome guests at doors, and midsize mats ($900–$5,000 for 3'x5' rugs; $1,200–$6,000 for 4'x6' rugs) draw a room together. In addition to stocking many one-of-a-kind carpets, Birmingham's certified interior designers can also collaborate with clients to fashion a custom-made rug, working from a handful of fabric samples, a sketch, or a photograph of a favorite corn maze.
We are the Metro Detroit Area's only full-time faux finishing studio. Visit Sterling Design Studio, our resident faux finishers, Laurie and Cindy. They are certified Modern Masters Platinum Training Instructors. New showroom opening in April 2011. We offer paints by Benjamin Moore, Pittsburgh and Pratt & Lambert.