With a variegated arsenal of fabrics disbursed by the yard, Making Ends Meet boasts three floors worth of woven offerings and pigmented patterns. Intrepid quilting-square seekers can pick up textiles crafted from everything from cotton to silk. Outdoor fabrics such as Duralee Fabric Sealife ($14 / yd.) blanket patio pillows or yacht-top furniture in a colorful oceanic motif, while Robert Allen Floral Branches ($19 / yd.) adds a delicate, silky touch to living rooms, kitchens, or pampered hamster habitats. The shop's militia of seam-happy staffers helps burgeoning upholsterers find the perfect fabric or handmade decorative tassel ($25–$37.50) to suit any couch cover or flea-circus tent.
Currently nominated for Best Bookstore in a WHAS11.com reader’s poll, Karen's Book Barn and its literary-obsessed staff facilitates book buying with its inventory of more than 30,000 publications. Novel-worms can feed thirsty brains with Karen’s both new and used books (books range from $0.50 to $25). Study Java Stop's menu and its caffeinated concoctions, from a cup of its locally roasted Java Brewing Company coffee to its large café au lait ($3.45). Readers can relax with their steamy cup of java while skimming some of the shop’s newer additions, including Toni Toney's The Eco Diet or Jim Miller's WWII story Counter Intelligence. Cure television tedium with a science-fiction epic, an historical tome, or by hiding your TV under a pile of books with today’s Groupon to Karen’s Book Barn & Java Shop.
The rich soil of Walnut Grove Farm—tilled throughout more than 150 years and four generations—sprouts with flowers, shrubs, and trees sold in an eponymous onsite nursery. Arched greenhouses plant their pillars in the grounds' northwest corner, where they shelter shrubs such as boxwoods and holly, annuals such as petunias, mums, and pansies, and more than 80 fragrant perennials. Mulches chipped from hardwoods and cypress join peat moss and compost to blanket exposed roots, and a Gardener's General Store stocks country essentials ranging from grass seed to locally laid eggs. Walnut Grove's green-thumbed experts also emerge beyond the nursery walls to beautify lawns with landscape designs and routine maintenance such as edging, weed control, and flamingo herding.
Sleep Outfitters' savvy sleep experts help slumber lovers find peaceful shuteye with a wide selection of name brand mattresses. Adroit sleep Sherpas lead bedtime cravers round the mountains of Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses, pausing to take in cushions of solid foam, bouncing innersprings, and a conspicuous lack of "Smoke On the Water" beds. Rest your noggin on a Serta Memory Foam queen-size mattress set ($597), or repose your tired torso on a Simmons Beautyrest Classic Plush queen-size mattress set ($1,199). Once somnolent souls have selected a mattress on which to paint their dreamscapes, they can opt into Sleep Outfitters' five-star delivery service, where burly mattress gods deliver and set up mattresses and remove old bedding. Indecisive catnappers enjoy the comforts of the 30-night comfort guarantee that permits two fortnights in which to decide if the right choice was made, ensuring hibernating humans won't be left with nightmares starring jilted futons and vengeful box springs.
Stoess Manor fills hearts and hearths with a substantial selection of furniture, flooring, fabrics, and homey accessories. Cushion domestic treading with Shaw carpet (from $0.69 per sq. ft.), opt for sleeker footing with Mohawk Scotchguard hardwood flooring ($3.99 per sq. ft.), or replicate history's decisive checkers matches with tiles from Shaw and Mohawk (from $0.99 per sq. ft.). Customers can also use this Groupon towards an ever-expanding array of furniture from brands such as Hickory White, Taylor King, Artistica, and Emerson. Ditch a deadbeat dining room set for a Standard solid-wood table with four chairs and a steady job ($399), or count fashionable sheep from the chic comfort of a Standard queen leather bed ($399).
Ace Hardware stockpiles a bevy of tools, lawn and garden accouterments, housewares, and other handy items at two local, independently owned storefronts. While merchandise varies by store, customers encounter items such as a Cooper Lighting halogen work light ($17.99) to illuminate outdoor projects or a DeWalt two-in-one power-tool tote for carrying mighty drills or escape-prone tape measures. The eminently wieldable Dremel rotary-tool kit ($49.99) comes complete with two speeds and 15 accessories, and the Wen electric engraver ($18.99) makes a fitting gift for artistic loved ones or meticulous housecats practicing their calligraphy skills.