Though monkey figurines dangle from its banana-yellow walls, Mickey’s Monkey holds décor fit for humans, too. Art, light fixtures, knick-knacks, antiques, and furniture fill Michael Kerry’s whimsical shop, which he opened after years in flea markets and street sales hawking the items he’d collected on international trips. The lightly used items in Mickey’s Monkey come with a slashed price tag, which may explain the shop’s popularity among young people setting up their first place or building the best blanket fort ever. Much of the furniture sits outside, drawing passersby into his shop filled with what Apartment Therapy called “a treasure trove of mostly vintage accessories for your home. Think grandma’s attic, only better.”
Since its inception in the early 1980s, Underglass Framing has crafted custom frames that have housed pictures, paintings, and even flags. Made up of artists and experienced framers alike, Underglass's staff uses their expert judgment to accent any artwork with custom woodwork, conservation acrylics, or museum-quality frames. Underglass makes decisions easy with mat-board samples and a wide selection of framed examples, and they strive to integrate the work of art into each client's home design, whether it's art deco or an art-deco-giraffe-print fusion.
Books & Bookshelves has much more character than its no-nonsense name implies. For starters, they sell an entire collection of furniture, most of which is custom made. Clients can submit measurements, rough sketches, and even photos of similar pieces they like, which the carpenters use to build one-of-a-kind pieces such as bookcases. Projects can be left unfinished, like Beethoven's 10th chicken wing, or they can be finished with the client's choice of stain or paint.
To fill their newly built bookshelves, customers can shop a library of poetry books written and published by locals. Likewise, a diverse selection of paintings, photography, and even puzzles has all been crafted by area artisans. Shoppers can learn more about the writers and artists at Books & Bookshelves' special events, which have ranged from queer poetry readings to celebrations of W.H. Auden.
Bedroom & More spiffs up sleep shacks with plump mattresses. Let a queen-size Serta Perfect Day pillow-top mattress ($1,299) caress the curves of bedridden bowling balls, or snuggle into a Simmons Beautyrest Classic twin sleep sponge ($449–$499). Spend $499 or more and Bedroom & More will deliver and set up your dream-inducing duo for free (limited to 30-mile radius).
Bae opens its doors on a bazaar setting of international decorations and house wares. The influence of the city itself works its way into hand-selected crafts, many of which are designed and constructed by local artists. A tremendous stock of game-changing accents that are well suited to a variety of tastes can give any home a winsome makeover. While today's deal is only good for in-store purchases, the online shop provides curious customers with a look into what populates the live shop's shelves and tables. A wealth of eye-catching knick-knacks is available for less than $45, such as elegant and punctual small black sand hourglasses ($24.95) and natural basswood cheeseboards to lend a forester's touch to elegant cheddar carving ($22).