Located right near the Pennsylvania-Delaware border, Devon Esthetique's skincare services are so customized they're not even listed on the website. That's because owner Devon Tucker-Kirk, whose own complexion has thrown her a few curveballs, knows firsthand how different everyone's skin is. Aestheticians analyze and diagnose skin types before consulting with clients to create a custom facial with medical- and pharmaceutical-grade products instead of leftover soy-sauce packets. Their aim differs slightly from the typical wellness center: aestheticians seek to provide results first and relaxation second, helping to send a clear message to acne and eczema. The earth-toned wellness studio also pops with colorful floral pillows, which cushion stainless steel, airless jet pedicure chairs as visitors have nails buffed and polished to a perfect sheen before accessing the complimentary healthy snack bar.
Kurtz Collection, a local pioneer in decorative dwelling accessories, accents homes with uniquely elegant tableware, candles, rugs, and more. Peruse collections' pieces that complement color and temperament of your home's interior well-being. Home-décor pieces, such as dreamy artisan-clay tumblers ($25 each), evoke hand-painted wonderment without mussing fingernail beds. When lit, a series of five owl candles($42.50) ignites rooms like the glow of knowledge itself. Encapsulate proof of family picnics and longing spousal gazes with antiqued picture frames ($36).
One of the oldest independently owned mattress discounters in the mid-Atlantic, Home Mattress Center cushions customers’ restful slumbers with first-rate sleeping surfaces from Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, and Serta Perfect Sleep. Hunt and capture z’s atop a Sealy Posturepedic Slipstream king set ($1,399), count a herd of numerically ordered clone sheep from a Simmons Beautyrest Sondra Plush elite twin set ($1,499), enjoy the slumber that only dreams of Rutherford B. Hayes can provide with a Simmons Beautyrest Aliyah classic queen set ($999), or opt for a firmer bed with the Sealy Posturepedic Diamond Hill firm queen set ($1,299). Home Mattress Center's well-trained, noncommissioned sleep doctors guide customers through the process of selecting an ideal bedroom fixture by asking questions, determining sleep preferences, and administering inkblot tests if necessary.
The talented florists at Bloomsberry Flowers sculpt a variety of blooms into eye-attracting arrangements with a natural aesthetic. Seasonal flowers, including locally grown hydrangeas, parade their petals for holidays and special occasions, and provide pretty roadmaps for Hansels and Gretels who have learned their lessons. Sleek vases guide the stems of exotic orchids ($25, two or three stems) to water, and a garden arrangement of seasonal flowers ($35) reminds friends without calendars of the time of year.
Since encasing their first piece of art behind glass in 1977, Framemaker’s professional artists and craftspeople continue to transform each print and photo brought into the shop into an artfully mounted creation. Staffers help your treasured images and memorabilia stand out by using regular and conservation-quality frames, matting, and glass in their framing work. Shoppers can bring in their own pieces to be framed or scoop up new works from Framemaker’s carefully curated assortment of posters, graphic prints, and original art created by local artists and spontaneous fission. The shop’s certified conservator can be found carefully erasing scratches and discoloration from old family photos via digital photo-restoration services. Other services such as shadow-box creation and canvas stretching add a unique spin to image display.
New Castle Hardware displays a large selection of products for cleaning, organizing, and maintaining interiors and exteriors of domestic domains. Inner painting projects get a solid foundation with a gallon of Kilz primer ($22.99), boasting a low odor that dries to the touch in about 30 minutes so that painters can apply a topcoat or resume high-fiving the wall in no time. A 16-ounce bottle of Armor All protectant ($7.99) helps shine and fortify automotive rubber, plastic, and vinyl surfaces. Gardeners can irrigate thirsty vegetation with the 25-foot Colorite Swan garden hose ($22.99), featuring a double-reinforced construction that resists abrasion and subzero temperatures, ideal for watering plants or adding an icy windbreaker to an underdressed snowman.