The handy folk at KC Framing and Fabrics equip DIY hobbyists with all the proper tools and products to create personalized home décor. Peruse bolt upon bolt of varicolored textiles such as the Amy Butler cypress paisley mint ($9.75 per yd.) or Andover Fabrics' snorkel pattern, a whimsical aquatic motif of whales, octopi, and starfish ($9.50 per yd.). Self teachers can stock up on an arsenal of instructional sewing books ($10.50–$27.95) and patterns ($5.25–$16).
Featured in House Beautiful, Brides magazine, and Better Homes and Gardens, Luna Bazaar helps create memorable graduations, birthdays, wedding receptions, and more with a wide array of celebratory supplies. Party planners can bring stylistic unity to shindigs with an assortment of matching decorations sorted by color, including white paper parasols ($5.50–$22.95 each) and hand fans ($1.70–$6 each) or fuchsia pink glass bottles and vases ($2.50–$9.95 each). At parties, a miniature glass bauble place-card holder ($1.95 each) can direct outburst-prone guests to their assigned seat inside a soundproofed room before silver organza gift and favor bags ($0.60 each) stylishly bestow departing partygoers with chocolates, candies, and decoder rings. Reception venues, meanwhile, can be illuminated by string lights ($6.95–$41 each) and paper lanterns ($0.95–$48 each), available in more than 60 vibrant colors and designed to match several of the other product lines.
Arthur H. Simmons was a cabinetmaker, and a good one at that. So eager was he to outfit the homes of his community with his creations that in 1879—the same year that Thomas Edison tested the first practical light bulb and Alexander Graham Bell invented the Liberty Bell—the skilled craftsman opened the doors of Simmons Furniture in his hometown of Adams. Though the world has changed in the long years since Simmons Furniture’s founding, and the business is now under the helm of the Riley family, Arthur H. Simmons’s original commitment to selling quality furniture and meeting his customers’ needs remains the company’s cornerstone.
Now, more than a century since the store’s inception, staffers stock both of Simmons Furniture’s locations with home goods and furnishings from a carefully curated assortment of brands, including Ashley, Furniture Traditions, and Serta. The knowledgeable employees circulate through each store’s showrooms, ready to help shoppers to find a suitable accent piece or to answer questions relating to which of the store’s wardrobes enable direct commutes to Narnia. Along with American-made brands, eco-friendly furnishings, and luxurious wares imported from around the globe, Simmons Furniture also continues to support the community with a section dedicated solely to goods forged by local artists and merchants.
Wilmington Candle Company's artisans make every single candle they sell right in their store, hand-pouring small batches to ensure consistent quality. At the heart of each candle, they place a high-quality wick capable of creating a large melting pool that extends to the edges of the candle's vessel; when lit, the wick burn the candle all the way down without wasting wax. Not only is such a design efficient, it's also pleasant to the senses, as the waxes have been imbued with some combination of the shop's 60 scented oils.
The company's artisans use the oils that don't go into their candles to enrich other handmade creations. They make goat's milk soaps and lotions, whipped sugar scrubs, and car fresheners that make vehicles smell like a field of lavender traveling at 60 miles per hour.
BeauKnits Yarn Shoppe outfits knitters, and crocheters with the necessary supplies to create all manner of projects. The cozy store hosts a cornucopia of yarn balls and skeins, available in brands such as Plymouth, Brown Sheep, and Berroco and in myriad colors, thicknesses, textures, and blood types. Thin and delicate lace yarns ($8–$20) help fill out a doily collection, Malabrigo sock-yarns fan across frigid feet ($18.75), and a few coils of Lamb's Pride wool yarn ($8.50) helps needle-wielders to knit a model sheep or imitation alpaca. The store's extensive supply of needles enhances crafts large and small, and its selection of patterns and books helps take the guesswork out of garnishing. The staff, eager to answer any knitting or crocheting questions, aids indecisive crafters in choosing the perfect tools for the job at hand.