Helmed by creative design consultant Suzie Ballard, Felix and Caroline’s melds high-quality design services with each customer’s distinctive tastes, allowing them to play an active role in their dwelling space’s design possibilities. Interior aesthetics mentors begin the two-hour consultation by gleaning information about the owner's tastes, budget, and lifestyle, then present their suggestions for enhancing the abode's artistry. The consultation permits design guru and student to spend their time in any number of rooms or focus all their attention on the doghouse foyer.
"My first question to a client is always: ‘How will you be using the space?’" explains Pam Fleming, the showroom manager at Day or Night Home & Hearth Services. Patio Pam, as she’s known to her customers, coworkers, and fellow CIA agents, walks visitors through every step necessary to design a perfect outdoor living space. Pam and her staff can help you choose eye-catching and functional patio furniture, grilling islands, and fire pits, and they can also tackle such installation-related tasks as completing gas piping and conversions or laying down tiles. In addition to their helpful design team, the store prides itself on the fact that nearly 90% of the products in their showroom are made in America.
For 39 years, family-run Oak Tree Furniture has collected an array of cherry, oak, maple, pine, and upholstered furnishings, including American-made and Amish-built items, inside a 36,000-square-foot showroom. Residents can cool freshly baked oat loaves atop a 12-inch oak bakers rack ($185), piece together a puzzle with their kids atop a five-piece painted children’s table ($169), or prove their vampire-free lineage by revealing their reflection in a standup Cheval mirror ($171). Newborns feed their hunger in a sturdy, solid-oak high chair ($145) and listen to tales of a simpler time while swaying back and forth in a rocking chair ($199). Oak Tree Furniture’s staff works commission-free to ensure a pressure-free visit and service geared to enhance each customer's experience.
With a team of instructors having more than two more decades of experience, Rainbow Vision Stained Glass expands the community of glass workers through small group classes. Students gather within Rainbow Vision Stained Glass’s sprawling Victorian-style headquarters to learn the fundamentals of making stained glass or the more sophisticated techniques necessary for crafting glass boxes, Tiffany-style lampshades, or glass houses for those who have sworn off throwing rocks. The studio also teaches fused-glass skills, which can yield everything from pendants to wine-bottle stoppers.
Anticipating the needs of its pupils, Rainbow Vision Stained Glass peddles everything a glass artist might desire. More than 400 styles and colors of glass gleam within, more than 300 pattern books await crafters in need of inspiration, and soldering irons stand ready to bind creations together.
N.B. Liebman Furniture Showcase, which has twice been featured in Susquehanna Style magazine’s Who’s Who of business, helps customers design and furnish their domiciles with wares from La-Z-Boy, Berkline, Pennsylvania House, and Klaussner. Maximize C-SPAN viewing angles with a Legends TV cart ($198), or safely rock an aging senator to sleep with a John Thomas rocker ($198). More elaborate décor includes a Sealy Posturepedic queen mattress set ($598), a Lane recliner ($398), and a Better Homes and Gardens dining table and set of four chairs ($1,998). Kids, tweens, and teens can coordinate bedrooms with a variety of colorful furnishings from the Nickelodeon Rooms By Lea collection, which were assembled by cartoon characters looking to expand into the glamorous world of manufacturing.