Recently featured on WBTV for sending a weather balloon built out of spare parts into outer space, TechShop RDU has a supportive community of inventors, artists, technicians, and alchemists who are all excited about their next big idea, creating an environment limited only by the imagination. The 20,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity beckons people of all skill levels to its DIY confines, where members can wield tools not found in most private workshops, slicing through steel with a plasma cutter or accessing 3-D design software to finally realize the goal of crawling inside the Internet. Hands-on classes jump-start creative juices, introducing students to vocational skills including welding, soldering, and woodworking. Neophyte inventors aged 12–17 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.
Relying on customer testing and a comfort-scale rating, A Goodnight Sleepstore's accessible retailers pair patrons with cushioned name-brand mattresses that coax them into a restful torpor without overnight aches. Staff have coded the shop’s pillow-top, memory-foam, and firm mattresses on a comfort scale of one to six, allowing customers to quickly gauge which mattresses will offer the firmness needed for back sleeping and which are soft enough to conceal stockpiles of pilfered marshmallow crème. The shop also showcases accessories such as bed frames, pillows, and sheets, allowing customers to fully assemble the requirements for their new sleeping situation. Free delivery is available for bed sets $599 and higher, and a 30-day money-back guarantee ensures clients won’t have to toss and turn over whether they made the right decision.
Frameworks Gallery and Frame Design, Inc.’s owners, Charles and Carolyn, operate by a simple philosophy: “Frame it once, frame it right, and frame it forever.” For more than 30 years, the custom frame shop and art gallery has matched museum-quality frames with portraits, memorabilia, and portraits of memorabilia, earning repeated recognition from loyal customers and local publications such as Metro Magazine. Customers can peruse a selection of ready-to-hang frames or collaborate with helpful staff members to create a one-of-a-kind picture home, with a variety of framing materials, mats, and glass to choose from. On its walls, the family-operated store proudly displays work by local and regional artists interspersed with flawless Sunday crossword puzzles completed entirely in ink.
Though Ambiente Furniture began by purveying modern Scandinavian furniture exclusively, it has since expanded to display contemporary pieces from across the globe, including Italian, German, and American designs. The store carries more than 200 quality brands, including European leather-furniture makers Natuzzi and Gamma, Canadian bedroom furnisher Mobican, and legendary woodworker Mister Geppetto. Within its 30,000-square-foot showroom, Ambiente Furniture's staff helps guests navigate the collections with ease, pinpointing pieces for the bedroom, living room, office, and dining room.
America’s Mattress of the Carolinas' show rooms brim with plush, pillow-top, and memory-foam mattresses that vary in firmness and coil structure to help any sleeper find a match. The staff invites clients to try out a nap or enchanted slumber upon one of the store's own brand of budget-friendly mattresses. The selection also includes Tempur-Pedic models and Serta models, such as the iComfort with gel-infused memory foam.
To accessorize their purchases, clients can peruse a selection of bedroom furnishings, memory-foam pillows, and mattress protectors that seal in a mattress's naturally smoky flavor. Clients can enlist the store's staff to help haul away old bedding and set up new purchases.
Since 1968, Jerry’s Artarama has assisted artists through every phase of the creative process, including furnishing their studios with art supplies and finishing off their completed artwork with custom-framing services. They stock their shelves with student- and professional-grade supplies, including Winsor & Newton’s high-value Winton line of beginners’ oil colors and Williamsburg handmade paints. The framing department, meanwhile, keeps a wide range of mats, moulding, and glass on hand to create lavish homes for fine artwork or simple enclosures for family photos and important receipts.