Robert Parsly, a lighting designer with more than 25 years of experience, leads a knowledgeable staff at Lightwaves NJ, whose inventory is packed with lighting and home products for every room of the house. To help clients get an accurate picture of how each sconce and chandelier will look, Lightwaves fills its show room with creative displays of both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Though he doesn't wear an actual crown, Bruce Wiener has earned the title of Bed King thanks to his family's long-standing business and his in-depth knowledge of what makes a high-quality mattress. Still, he rules with a fair hand. At his store, he and his staff share the three things customers need to know when buying a mattress: how it feels, how it's built inside, and what their budget is. They advise customers to test out each mattress by lounging on it for 15 minutes, examining its comfort, support structure, and willingness to share bedtime stories. They also arm customers with know-how on the latest technologies, demystifying industry jargon by explaining, for example, that coil systems impart equal weight distribution over the surface of the bed.
With more than 25 years of experience, Patio.com oversees a wicker- and wood-framed stockpile of rugged and refined game-room and outdoor furnishings to outfit open-air play spaces with tables, chairs, cushions, hammocks, barbecue grills, and billiard tables. Shoppers can peruse a variety of styles from teak and aluminum to adirondack, sling, strap, and nougat-centered.
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.
For more than 90 years, Palisade Furniture has lulled patrons into blissful slumbers with 15,000 square feet of furniture collections and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses. From kids’ rooms to master abodes, Simmons Beautyrest Classic models cushion lumbars in luxurious fabrics packed with 800 tightly pocketed coil springs to repress motion transfer from flip-flopping bedmates and ornery teddy bears. Snoozers can embark on sleep sessions aboard the firm and supportive Stephanie model or sink into the plush and cushy Aliyah fit, each reaching heights of 11–14 inches. Simmons's no-flip design ensures even wear and prevents the necessity to make your pet sasquatch sleep on the floor. Within seven days of purchase, Palisade Furniture will send snooze ships to within 20 miles of the store for $75 (not included with this deal) and to anywhere outside the 20-mile zone for a fee of up to $125.