Since 1815, Louisville Stoneware's artisans have been transforming natural stoneware clay—harvested from deposits in Kentucky and Indiana—into elaborate table fixtures through an awe-inspiring series of crafting techniques. 20 pairs of skilled hands conspire to mix, form, and paint each functional art piece before professional fire tamers arrange finished items in the factory kiln, which reaches 2,350 degrees, to melt glazes into a glassy, durable surface. Hundreds of stoneware masterpieces emerge from this artistic inferno, filling the firm's shelves with serveware and home decor. Personalized mugs commemorate special occasions, and birdhouses work to fill yards with the melodies of avian pop stars.
Alternatively, visitors can decorate their own stoneware using vibrant paints and included supplies. After customers finish their work, staff members glaze, fire, and verbally quiz creations to ready them for lifetimes spent atop fireplace mantels.
The style-savvy staff at Red Tree helps homeowners to embellish abodes with distinct, antique-style décor, solid mahogany furniture, and other regularly changing inventory items imported from around the globe. Made by hand from kiln-dried mahogany, Red Tree end tables, china cabinets, and chairs are draped in hand-painted finishes or fabrics chosen from an eclectic collection.
Eight showrooms residing on two floors allow shoppers to peruse kitchen, office, and bedroom furniture, mirrors, bookcases, and knick-knacks. In gratitude for its harvests of rich mahogany, Red Tree peppers international communities with live trees as part of a tree-planting initiative and a trade treaty signed with Mother Nature. So far, as part of its commitment to the environment, Red Tree has planted more than 300,000 trees.
In-house interior designers guide patrons through the more than 130 glass pendant lights that gleam through a massive array of lighting fixtures at Scorpio Interiors. Barstools and other home furnishings beg to enliven drab rooms, and a mouth-blown glass pendant light ($175) can drench vaulted ceilings in an auburn glow while patrons utilize a Sticks floor lamp ($125) to pole-vault over exposed rafters. The 17-inch Abeni ceramic sculpture ($63) and water-drop bud vase ($24) are tasteful accents to an art collector’s living room, and the alabaster pebbles and manageable flame of a bio-ethanol tabletop fireplace ($269) create an ideal venue for campfire sing-alongs free of Smokey the Bear's off-key howlings. Clients solicit the help of the staff to sift through the 100 barstools, available in 17 metal finishes and 80 fabrics, that freckle the display floor.
Since 1976, the helpful staff at Bi-Rite Home Store has been dressing bare rooms with furniture, appliances, and electronics. The showroom’s displays invite customers to test the firmness of mattresses from Sterling, Serta, and Corsicana or conduct brief interviews with love seats or office furnishings. In addition to classic and modern furniture, the staff shows off electronic accouterments, including Samsung TVs and GE equipment.
Captained by double-board-certified Dr. Robert Kagan, the crew of contourers at Anew Allure specializes in a suite of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Natural fillers and water-assisted lipo number among their treatment options, and all patients receive a complimentary consultation to determine the best strategy for getting in shape before inner-tube season.
Burdorf's outfits homes, businesses, and anything in between with sturdy and eye-tickling furniture and fine art for all budgets and aesthetic aspirations. From their elegant four-story 55,000-square-foot showroom, the friendly staff and expert interior designers assist guests in selecting mattresses, sofas, end tables, headboards, foot stools, pinky rests, and more. The regal Bassett Side Chairs ($135+) make a subtle addition to any space, while the straight and stylish Lane Cocktail Table ($249) provides a cozy counter for curbing drinks, displaying magazines, or performing minor surgery on a malamute.