The Creative Stitch invites yarnheads and needle novices to explore a vast selection of knitting tools, patterns, and books, or enroll in classes held in the shop's cozy confines. Learn such basics as purling, casting on, and crafting mittens from old bank statements during the three-hour beginning knitting class. Class sizes are limited to six to eight people, affording each student ample elbow room and individualized instruction from The Creative Stitch's skilled knitters. Though participants are welcome to bring their own supplies, the class includes yarn and needles but does not cover rent, food, and pet care neglected during marathon knitting sessions.
Sleepy's is the American dream. It all started when Louis Acker landed on Ellis Island in the late 1920s. In 1931, he opened a mattress store in Brooklyn, where he and his son, Harry, tied knots and stitched mattresses by hand. After Louis passed away, Harry carried on the family business, eventually transforming it into Sleepy's, whose first store opened in 1957. There, he built the company's foundation upon quality products and an expert staff of Mattress Professionals.
Today, those Mattress Professionals share their wisdom at more than 1,000 showrooms across the United States, helping people figure out which sleep system is best for their body and wallet. The modern-day version of Sleepy's has grown into customers' source for the industry's top brands, including Simmons, Serta, Sealy, and Tempur-Pedic. Sleepy's also carries a wide range of other specialty sleep products, from pillows and mattress pads to sheets, blankets, and headboards.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' expert fruit florists arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, grapes, and juicy Albion strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Staffers can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet chocolate, white chocolate, or their own special peanut-butter-and-chocolate blend. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize gift baskets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Across five locations in Massachusetts and New York, Homebrew Emporium's resident experts educate local brewers in the ancient ways of beer. Inside each store, visitors will find an array of equipment, ingredients, and accessories ranging from complete home-brewing kits to hop pellets in a variety of styles. Classes teach greenhorns the ropes on how to perfect a home-brewed beer, prepare bottles and kegs, and throw an epic party to drink it all.
At Framers Edge, a staff of artists and skilled craftspeople preserves anything from precious family portraits to sports memorabilia to the wettest of oil paintings. They first conduct a complimentary consultation, advising clients on the best border for their belongings and detailing the step-by-step process. Once a method is agreed upon, they get to work: blocking and stretching needlepoint pieces, adding beveled accents to finished artwork, and mounting 3-D objects such as baseball jerseys and a baby’s first clump of shower hair. They use the best equipment in the industry and materials from high-quality suppliers, including Bainbridge mats and Bella and Studio moulding.
Country Marketplace’s carpentry connoisseurs revive cheery images of classic designs with contemporary handcrafted solid-wood furniture and accessories. Homeowners can hang their hats on a solid-cherry coat tree or dress it as a friend to make parties seem well attended ($99). Race around the office atop the heavy-duty casters of a carved-oak pressback desk chair ($199), or set to work at an antique oak roll-top desk equipped with a pencil tray and an organizer ($449). Young furniture users can dine in an oak Windsor highchair ($149) or chomp bubble pipes and whittle new pacifiers in a Victorian child's rocker ($99).