With 3,400 square feet devoted to the fine art of mud molding, Springfield Pottery hosts the works of well-known clay shapers from across the country. Customers can stop in and peruse a selection of handcrafted ceramics, such as a Nathan Falter mug ($35), a set of Nena Potts earrings ($42), and a John Preus earthen cereal bowl ($28) pilfered from the footlocker of a terra-cotta soldier. Pottery jars from Brent Skinner ($125) fashionably fill empty corners, and a wooden bowl from Brad McCullum ($225) outfits miniature dollhouses with makeshift hot tubs. Serving dishes and containers by Sherri Alexander brighten rooms with a delicious lemon-lime glaze and come with the disclaimer that guests may not know when to stop eating once the plate is clean.
The state-of-the-art, hospital-grade infrared saunas at Detox Haven help the clients who recline in their private confines to liquify fat and cellulite while eliminating toxins and heavy metals. The saunas send far-infrared energy washing over bodies to increase their core temperatures in an effort to purge the body of impurities without resorting to the stifling humidity of steam or lava rooms. Each session may burn 600-900 calories. Clients can work or read as soothing heat eases muscle aches and chromotherapy lights flash across bodies for extra pain relief. Each sauna also contains an iPod dock or CD player to keep ears occupied. After multiple sessions, clients may notice slimmer waistlines, greater senses of well-being, and the ability to melt snow before it reaches the ground.
Beautyrest Sleep Gallery's collection of Simmons mattresses lulls patrons to restful slumber. Inhibiting motion transfer across the sleeping surface with pocketed coil springs, the Beautyrest luxury firm king set ($899) grants plenty of space for uninterrupted sleep to couples or bobsledding teams. Dozers can also engage in dream marathons on a luxury firm queen set ($599) that conforms to body profiles with barrel-shaped back supports; or they can host plush sleepovers on the memory-foam pillow-top twin set ($568). Beautyrest Sleep Gallery supplements its accommodating mattresses with customer service including free delivery, setup, and removal.
Signature Home Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning's crack team of technicians goes on-location to diagnose and repair problems in heating and air-conditioning units. Whether the unit is residential, commercial, or geothermal, Signature's technicians can bring it back to life and maintain its longevity. Signature’s sales staff helps outfit homes with new units, upgrade old units, and point out federal tax rebates for converting homes to geothermal generators or IRS-approved hamster wheels. The company routinely posts tips to keep units running longer and more efficiently on its blog.
Since 1997, this family-owned business has been constructing themed gift baskets for special occasions and portable present-giving. The movie-night basket ups the ante on at-home feature fun with boxes of movie-theater-style candy and sweet kettle corn. Prepopped buttered popcorn lends a salty, savory crunch to furtive re-viewings of home movies and stamp-collecting documentaries, and full-sized candy bars coat throats in chocolaty comfort. The happy-face candy-bouquet basket broadcasts helium-filled joy with a smiley-faced Mylar balloon accompanied by brand-name candies. Sample M&Ms and Skittles for tiny bursts of flavor, or cram a 3 Musketeers or Snickers bar past gnashing sweet teeth. Like two hot-air balloons each transporting an identical twin, the contents of baskets vary slightly from one to the next.