When owners Nancy Kanter and Julie Byrne founded Clay Café more than 14 years ago, they wanted to establish a cozy, unpretentious environment where families could spend quality time pottery-painting and embarking on other art projects. Describing what they envisioned to the Columbus Dispatch, Byrne stated, “We kind of wanted a grandma kitchen—something homey.” At Clay Café, visitors might forget they’re not relaxing in their own homes amid the studio’s popular mismatched chairs, flower tablecloths, and resident father yelling at a sports game on TV. The hospitable owners invite guests of all ages to let their artist instincts run wild during open-ended potter-painting sessions, and they host an array of special events including baby showers and birthday parties.
Mattress Mart's slumber experts stock their stores with major-brand sleep surfaces?such as Serta, iComfort, and Simmons Beauty Rest?in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Customers can rest their backs on the firm billows of a Factory Select twin set or support larger-scale lumbar regions with a soft, flippable Newport Flush set.
Eurolife Furniture peddles an eye-catching blend of the finest modern, European-style furnishings and accessories to aestheticize any chamber. Outfit a living space with a funky Utility Side Table ($129) or a comfy cushioned armchair ($159). A white nightstand ($99) for your bedroom can comfortably protect headgear from anti-dentite bogeymen, and the Arden table ($150) can impart a dining area with upscale café pizzazz. Contemporary kids will love the drop stool ($159), a carved-out orange orb that lodges progressive posteriors. Office items run the gamut from knee chairs ($149) to wall cabinets ($179), and you can endow any nook with flair or cover up wormholes with a number of accessories.
Furniture Land's savvy design team stays on the lookout for new trends in interiors, stocking the store’s two show rooms with classic and contemporary collections from designers including Ashley and Coaster. The store also offers custom upholstering for shoppers who can’t find what they’re looking for among the show rooms’ selection of leather sofas, microfiber love seats, bedroom sets, and more. Expedited delivery is free to homes and walk-in terrariums located within 8 miles.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
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.