Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started The Green Painter by New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work and has attained sentience: it is handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving-picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
A charter member of the MLS, the San Jose Earthquakes played their first four seasons as the Clash before claiming the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. Though the team moved to Houston in '05, the franchise was reinstated in '08, bringing professional soccer back to the Bay Area. Buck Shaw Stadium serves as the team's current home, though a new stadium will shoot skyward in 2014, complete with luxury suites for fans and exhausted referees alike.
The Sleep Better Store's bedding specialists help customers select the ideal cushioning for extended catnaps and brief hibernations. The extensive inventory includes slumber systems by Sealy, Serta, AngelBeds, and The Sleep Better Store’s own brand. Customers can peruse memory-foam mattresses by AngelBeds ($599+), as well as The Sleep Better Store's Number Series adjustable-firmness air sleep mattresses ($499+), which are designed to provide extra comfort by granting customers a feeling known only to those who have slept on the wings of a wild zephyr. The vulcanized air chambers and cross-directional baffles of each Number Bed adjust to the comfort desires of each sleeper through individualized control settings, which dictate the flow of the whisper-quiet digital pump.
FastFrame’s certified, professional framers encapsulate a range of photos, prints, diplomas, and sports memorabilia, preserving them with skilled craftsmanship and custom artistry. Many projects start at around $100, but prices vary greatly, depending on size, scope, and if the framed goods are pilfered from the Louvre. Openly browse through the store's 2,000+ collection of frames, including classic guilds, ornate frames wearing a mantle of gold bedecked in raised flowers and vines, and the Funky and Fun wood frames spackled with a dense coating of glitter. FastFrame's preservationists also honor a 30-day guarantee on all custom designs, allowing owners to return pieces for a redesign if they don’t complement the tree house’s décor. All materials and workmanship are guaranteed for life.
Filled with traditional and contemporary furniture styles for most rooms in your heavily fortified compound, Gallery Furniture’s expansive storerooms contain an affordable selection of sofas, beds, desks, and tables. Outfit your living room with a cubist end table ($149.99) and dark-wood accent chair ($199.99), or gussy up your dining room with cushioned bar stools ($99.99 per stool), ideal for holding friends during your annual competitive chili-eating contests. Other items include a natural-wood colored kitchen set ($299.99), slumber-aiding pieces for your bedroom, and a bunkbed for the twin alligators you've been passing off as your children.