Sculpting blossoms since 1978, the avid arrangers of Tarrytown lovingly harmonize world-spanning flora found from Holland to Hawaii. A crimson triumvirate of classic courtly love, the 3 Red Roses ($44.95+) ornament formal declarations in a pristine clear vase and ribbon bow tie. Teleflora's Zen gerbera bowl ($49.95+) infuses a classic black vessel with warm, vibrant blooms and reignites the age-old riddle of whether the flowers have been potted or the pot has been flowered. Gift baskets communicate partiality in lasting wicker panniers, with groupings such as the Blooming Garden Basket, a display of backyard habitué bedded amid tumbling ivy leaves ($79.95+).
Headquartered in northeastern Ohio, KraftMaid is powered by a team of engineers, designers, and carpenters who create customizable household cabinets. The company began as a small shop that sold wood cabinets and assembled each dovetail drawer and door hinge by hand. More than 40 years later, the cabinetmakers still build everything to order within 1.5-million-square-foot manufacturing facilities. KraftMaid designers team up with customers to devise cabinets from fine woods such as cherry, hickory, and retired Lincoln Logs. With customer specs in hand, they mingle one of 65 finish choices with any of more than 800 different decorative enhancements, easily matching the new cupboards to existing decor schemes. While committed to producing high-quality pieces, the company also aims to reduce its impact on the environment. They practice the three Rs by using energy-efficient technology, reusing sawdust from other projects, and incorporating recycling efforts into each stage of the building process. They also remain active in several charities and donate products to well-known organizations and outlets such as Habitat for Humanity and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
SPA j's owners?a mother and daughter team?own a massage school and practice aesthetics, respectively. They've put everything they've learned about spa work and hospitality into their own business, where they customize every treatment to meet the precise needs of the client. Hence, each visit begins with a consultation so the practitioner can pinpoint the client's goals and needs, whether its a skin analysis before the Dermalogica face treatment or a quick game of "This Little Piggy" before the foot revitalizer. Clients can also find relief for weary muscles with bodywork treatments such as hot stone, Swedish, and aromatherapy massage.
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.