Tom and Ryoko Nadeau founded Nadeau in 1991 with a goal of providing customers with quality home furniture and a wealth of product knowledge. The business quickly evolved into something larger: The duo now has 19 retail stores and a team of buyers who travel the world in search of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces of solid-wood furniture. Nadeau has earned mentions from numerous media outlets—including the Washington Post, CBS Chicago, and Charleston Home magazine—for its unique selection, which includes a cache of more than 6,000 pieces ranging from rare side tables and chairs to dining sets. Pieces are never mass-produced, allowing customers to bring the flavor of different cultures into their homes or provide an adopted tree with a new friend.
Founded in 1935 as a high-end dairy manufacturer, Farm Stores accommodates time-efficient shoppers with its unique drive-through grocery-ordering system. Pull up a car or rocket-powered shopping cart at one of the 22 locations and inform a friendly staff member of grocery needs, then relax as he quickly retrieves it from the thousands of items in inventory. Model a loving marriage after the unending circles of bagels, or perk up mornings with coffee that's freshly ground by the heel of a giraffe. Though each location's stock is slightly different, all shops carry standard items such as eggs, milk, bread, fruit, magic beans, vegetables, and beer. Although online ordering is not available for this Groupon, regular customers enjoy the benefit of choosing items from Farm Stores’ website and designating a pickup time.
The talented florists at The Flower Shoppe and Things pass on the skills necessary to forge eye-catching arrangements during floral-design classes. Blossom newbies acquaint themselves with a variety of blooms from around the world before gleaning tips on how to make flower displays look as vibrant and fresh as a peacock in a rap video. The hands-on workshop bolsters a laid-back, intimate setting with class sizes limited to 10 students and includes all necessary flowers and materials. For an additional cost, participants can upgrade their class so they can choose their own colors, flower types, and vases to match home decorations or to make meat lockers appear homier.
Since 2006, Loft Sofa has outfitted homes with modern furnishings handcrafted from quality fabrics and woods. In store and online, clients browse a range of styles, from sectional leather sofas and plush white couches to glass coffee tables and platform beds. Each of the shop's pieces keep mother nature humming with ecologically sustainable materials, including wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Established in Helsinki in the 1950s, the chromatic brand quickly garnered adoration worldwide for its vibrant, bold textiles. With more than 100 striking patterns, the charming brand made a dramatic North American retail comeback with its 2007 Miami opening. Brighten up the doldrums of a cubicle with a unikko mousepad ($19.50) emblazoned with a cherry-red blossom, or stack on a lilac-hued ninette bangle ($38). Candy-apple-red stacked animal wall stickers ($115) can cover up Crayola wall scribbles depicting a boat pulled by horses and lend a playful touch to any room. Marimekko also spruces up living zones with bedding, bath items, and wallpaper, while sprucing up person zones with splashy apparel such as the wavy, summery aalto A-line tank dress ($89) and kid clothing such as a stain-concealing floral-print mini unikko bib ($14).
Amidst aisles chock-full of tools, paint, and hardware supplies, the knowledgeable staff at Ace Hardware aids shoppers in their search for DIY supplies needed for home- and garden-improvement projects. Lengthy indoor extension cords ($3.79–$43.99) guide grid-bound electricity to nooks and crannies around the house, and cordless drills($21.99–$349.99) do away with wires altogether for mobile screw-tightening convenience. A large selection of premade home and garden accessories keeps abodes and timeshare palaces well-appointed, including bird feeders ($2.99–$123.96) and window shades ($7.99–$29.99). A selection of small kitchen appliances includes microwaves perfect for warming up meals or storing precious family heirlooms ($64.99+), and snow-and-ice melters ($9.99+) keep driveways and sidewalks slip-free.