For more than three decades, The Garden Spot's knowledgeable staff has been helping to pair gardeners with the soil amendments, nutrients, and organics best suited to their projects. From among their verdant inventory, they can provide information on flowering shrubs or shade, fruit, and evergreen trees, or help customers locate yard art that best accentuates their minimalist blade of grass. A fourth-generation landscaping and maintenance staff further abets homeowners in their quest for picturesque surroundings, and instructors bestow useful tips during a range of gardening classes.
Filled with a variety of U.S.–made furniture, Home Solutions at Ace bedecks drab rooms with custom-made wood furniture and fabrics. Wide selections of table lamps ($99–$150) can enlighten spiritually afflicted tables, and a variety of torch lamps ($99–$150) can help brave houseguests scour their way through the man cave. Savor supper while sitting on a new dining side chair ($99–$150) to prevent side cramps from squatting or shimmying over the main course. Knick-knacks, figurines, and vases ($99–$150) fill any barren shelf, and wall décor including pictures and metal works clothe naked walls and under-dressed paneling. Customers looking to customize their household equipment can browse through a variety of Oak Creek custom American–made furniture, choosing from Alder or Oak or special ordering several other woods. Matchy-matchers can choose from six different stain options or create a color to match existing furniture. The brand also custom-builds, so there's no argument on a request for an extra door to another dimension, where socks own people-puppets.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
At the family-owned-and-operated Tassels and La Garage, glass and stained-wood shelves teem with an eclectic stock of new and formerly owned household fixtures, furniture, and frills. The mom-and-son team at the helm opened Tassels in 2009 and purveys home décor and new luxury products and consignments including fine jewelry, china, and crystal. Tassels and newly-opened La Garage feeds voracious apartments and houses day-to-day items, such as new and secondhand kitchenware, apparel, and electronics. Available throughout the year, a variety of holiday décor allows customers to inspire Christmas spirit on otherwise dreary April tax days. The shop's walls play host to abundant framed artwork, and ceiling fans cool off any patrons shopping at the heat-inducing speed of light.
Although today Black Rock Solar empowers nonprofits, schools, and underserved populations by providing low-cost energy, its beginnings were less defined. In the sweltering Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada a volunteer group installed a solar array for the 2007 Burning Man event—themed that year as the Green Man. Their giant array provided more than 50,000 people with energy while they partied, but afterward, when the ash of the burning figure settled, the solar panels remained. The group donated the array to the school system of Gerlach, the tiny desert town nearby, and the seeds of Black Rock Solar were sown.
From those beginnings, Black Rock went on to build solar arrays at reduced prices for partners such as Pershing General Hospital, Pyramid Lake High School, the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe, and other organizations that could benefit from low-cost energy but lacked the means to procure it. The arrays help reduce the organizations' utility bills so they can devote more resources to their central causes. Also by spreading solar power, Black Rock actively involves these organizations and the public at large in environmental stewardship, spreading clean energy and education.
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In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.