Valerianne hand-selects precious baubles and furnishings from elite interior-design firms throughout the world while stocking sweet-smelling soaps and luxurious bath accessories. Browse posh agents of ablution including Portuguese bar soaps ($22) wafting aromas of water and morning lily, and moisturizing Italian bubble baths ($15) sourced from the naturally foaming Strait of Gibraltar.
Home Escapes cossets comfortable backyards with patio furniture and umbrellas from brands such as Summer Classics, Winston, and Treasure Garden. Customers can browse showroom stock to decide which inanimate guests to invite to their backyard festivities. At parties, the four Aire chairs in a Summer Classics patio set ($2,092) will conga-line around their 40-inch slatted circular table as a 9-foot umbrella swivels its auto-tilt hips nearby ($330). Meanwhile, the two chairs of an Ashcroft bar set ($1,496) linger near their matching 36-inch table, scarfing down poolside snacks and commenting cattily on the chaise lounge's fading finish.
It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
With more than 25 years of experience, Patio.com oversees a wicker- and wood-framed stockpile of rugged and refined game-room and outdoor furnishings to outfit open-air play spaces with tables, chairs, cushions, hammocks, barbecue grills, and billiard tables. Shoppers can peruse a variety of styles from teak and aluminum to adirondack, sling, strap, and nougat-centered.