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.
Offering free shipping on all purchases, Rugs USA hosts a stylish cavalcade of contemporary baseboard dressings and traditional floor tapestries from brand names that include Momeni, Sphinx, Capel, Couristan, and Dalyn. Clothe hardwood in a modern leather shag collection rug ($109–$409), or obscure failed applesauce floor art with a caramel-colored bohemian collection rug ($76–$1,020). A safari collection zebra print ($49–$219) lures lonely lions to family dinners, and an Oriental Weavers Sphinx kharma collection rug ($42–$1,099) adds a whiff of sophistication to design-starved dwellings.
The rugsmiths at nuLOOM offer well-made floor coverings in both traditional and contemporary styles. Sporting elaborate prints, cotton rugs range from the understated Corinth to the delightfully chaotic Moroccan Berber. Wool carpets, meanwhile, come in a variety of shapes?there's the uneven-edged Gustav, for instance, and the rounded, riverbed-like Pebbles. Finally, a selection of leather rugs gets you as close as you're probably ever going to get to walking across the back of Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli.
Rubber Stamps, Inc. allows its customers to authenticate forms and decorate paper-wrapped gifts with personalized style, providing them with custom-designed old-fashioned rubber ink stamps. Notary publics and architects equip their office with authoritative seals, and small businesses can add their logo to envelopes with self-inking punch stamps.
North Shore Plumbing Supply stocks more than 10,000 plumbing supplies and employs a staff of experts to help guide homeowners through indoor irrigation projects. In addition to providing a full arsenal of plumbing equipment, North Shore Plumbing Supply can obtain products for customers working on specialty projects. Each faucet and fixture they sell carries a full factory warranty and is guaranteed to be brand-new in its original packaging. A complete line of Kohler products includes bathroom-beautifying items such as a white, round self-closing toilet seat ($40) and a Caxton bathroom sink ($49.99). Homeowners can also peruse through avenues of aquatic appliances including the Cuno Aqua Pure Easy CS filtration system ($96), which helps to remove sediment and chlorine taste from drinking water. Meanwhile, the 8-inch Matco rain showerhead ($122) and the handheld Jalco S438 ($111) offer full rain, massage, and nebulizing mist settings that help to make morning showers more invigorating and afternoon water fights more complex.
Sam's Art & Framing preserves and stylishly showcases photos, prints, portraits, and memorabilia with expert care. Sam invokes more than 30 years framing experience to craft each frame by hand on the premises. Choose from thousands of molding and mat-board samples to enshrine a child's artwork or an overturned parking ticket. Framing
options are virtually limitless, but as an example, about $70 can get you a 20"x24" frame with glass, backing and hanging hardware, and a basic diploma will run about $100.