In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Eddie Z's Blinds and Drapery dresses dapper wall-holes in a variety of shades, shutters, and other window-covering garments. During a complimentary at-home consultation, a designer will help clients select window treatments, or customers can come to a showroom to observe blinds in their natural habitat. Homeowners can opt to add an earthy accent to rooms with woven wood shades ($72+), or trap runaway air in the insulating compartments of honeycomb cellular shades ($67+). Horizontal-line haters can choose vertical blinds that come in more than 300 colors, styles, and fruit flavors ($55+).
The Painted Penguin is all about having a fun experience. They showcase the art of ceramics, inviting participants with any level of experience to unhurriedly paint their bisque and plaster pieces in the company of friends, family members, or birthday party guests. When designing their own pieces or attending any of The Painted Penguin's parties, customers can choose from over 3,000 pottery pieces and enlist the help of staff members, who are always on hand to provide tips or inspiration. Walk-ins are welcome, and guests can paint and take home their piece the very same day.
Inside Penguin Foot Pottery's large, bright working space, which also serves as a gallery for local artists, seven potters' wheels and two electric kilns invite the fingers and hands of adults and children to reach for the highest creative heights. Adults can train wayward digits to obey the wishes of the imagination in a hand-building class or learn how velocity and steady guidance can make a lump of clay turn into an elegant pot, vase, or model of a local shopping mall during beginning throwing (more proficient potters can opt for the intermediate/advanced throwing class). Kids' clay classes, offered at levels one, two, and three for artists ages 7?13, incorporate basic building and glazing techniques and produce new projects every week. Parent/child classes are also available. Classes meet weekly and most take place on weekdays. See the
website for schedules.
Most Popular Service: self storage
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Services: 30 Minutes or Less
Brands Used: StorageMart
Pro Tip: Bring your photo ID along. Ask us for tips on moving, packing and storing.
Q&A with the VP or Marketing
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We have a lot of customers who felt overwhelmed in their homes by the lack of space. We help them by being their "other place" where they can store the things they don't need right now. We have had many people tell us how much more livable their homes are now that they are better organized, less cluttered and more open.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Our staff is well versed in best practices for moving and packing and storing.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
We get a good feeling knowing people don't have to worry about what to do with their extra belongings during a move or a renovation project.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have customers from every walk of life and every demographic. Everyone needs storage and we are here to help.
Gianna's specializes in Italian cuisine and brick oven pizza and is a highly rated restaurant with an affordable menu and well-sized portions. Excellent service is provided in a relaxed atmosphere. It’s a great place to enjoy a quiet meal. Menu categories include appetizers, soups, salads, heroes, wraps or focaccia sandwiches, pasta, chicken entrees, veal entrees, seafood, traditional pizza, specialty pizza, pizza roles, and calzone. Wine by the glass is also available. Gianna’s has been acknowledged as an excellent place for food at Zagat.com.