The smell of chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel wafts down from the second floor of the Attrezzi store. A shop within a shop, Chocolate Chic sells chocolates and gourmet sweets, all handmade onsite. Decadent and memorable, the sweets put ordinary candy bars to shame, causing them to sneak back into the plastic wrappers from whence they came. Handmade peppermint patties, toffee, peanut-butter cups, and fudge showcase the versatility of cocoa, and chocolate-covered bacon and cave-aged cheese wrapped in dark chocolate combine savory and sweet flavors. In addition, a selection of locally made candies, including sea-salt caramels and taffy, rounds out the sugar-filled shelves.
Alan J. Gardner opened his Salem factory in 1933, winning over generations of loyal customers with custom-made and odd-sized mattresses in a wide range of styles. Massachusetts-made pallets support sleepers with hand tufted construction and fluffy cotton fillings catered specifically to each client's specifications. The company's direct manufacturer-to-customer supply chain erases the influence of bothersome middlemen or arrogant, cigar-chomping mattress barons. Sleepers select from a variety of comfy cushion styles, such as latex, plush top, tufted, or pocket coils, with options for all-natural materials such as Joma wool and layers of thick cotton-knit fabric.
For the past 30 years, Yankee Fireplace has outfitted homes with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, and grills, overseeing the installation process from the showroom to the first sanctioned spark. What began as a small retail location now encompasses two vast showrooms that share 50 functional fireplaces and stove displays between them. Here, customers can warm their hands in front of potential fireplaces or examine stoves for flame output. Both locations are authorized dealers of major brands such as Weber, Lynx, The Big Green, Jøtul, Heat & Glo, and Regency, and the technicians at Yankee Fireplace service everything they sell. Though fireplaces and grills are the business's main focus, they also bedeck patios with handsome furniture sets, umbrellas, and hammocks capable of supporting one or two people, or up to twelve outstretched garden gnomes.
Offering stylish, high-quality home furnishings and custom creations, Ethan Allen has been gussying up lackluster living spaces for more than 70 years. Saunter through the showroom or work with one of the interior-design pros to choose the right look for your abode. The Hyde loveseat, available in an array of fabrics ($1,699), is a comfy two-cushioner for dastardly duos or doctors with split personalities. Make an anachronistic statement by stacking a sleek, modern American Artisan SmartWall ($3,734) with 8-tracks and kinescope films, or downsize and try the Maison square accent table ($219). The accessories area is stocked with light-emitting devices, such as the contempo table lamp ($84), as well as worthy components for pillow-igloo projects. For hands-free shopping, free shipping is available for certain items and local delivery is available if you live within a 50-mile radius of the store.
At Pick & Paint Pottery Shop, studio-goers can colorize raw ceramic forms with more than 70 kaleidoscopic paints and glazes. Pick & Paint Pottery stocks an eclectic array of bisques, ranging from simple mugs and plates to intricately designed vases ($1+). With brushes, glazes, stamps, sponges, stencils, and stickers at their disposal, customers creatively customize their ceramics, whether they want to adorn their pet bowls with canine imagery or paint Mike Ditka's scowling face onto teapots. The resident kiln operator then fires each piece, which can typically be picked up about a week later.
For more than half a century, Mill Stores has dispensed an enormous array of high quality, ready-to-finish wood furniture and accents to enhance homestead comfort. As a factory-finished solid-oak rocker ($249.99) supports reclining spines, a three-step stool ($19.77), crafted from solid eastern white pine, aids customers in accessing difficult to reach shelves filled with stashes of candy and bacon fat. Stockpile bottles of grapey goodness in a solid wood Tuscany wine box ($39.99) or artfully arrange CDs and DVDs in the sliding separators of a solid pine rack ($23.99). A shingled-roof doghouse ($179.99) shelters canines in safe, cozy pine, and a cast-stone scroll birdbath ($49.88) cleanses neighboring loons and fallen airplane peanuts in its stylish cement surface. Shoppers unable to find their desired décor in stock can request customized designs, which Mill Stores crafts in two weeks or less.