BEST UNPAINTED FURNITURE (1998)
Bang your shins on the wide selection at this two-story temple to freedom from finish. Naked woods--alder, aspen, basswood, beech, birch, cedar, maple, oak, pine--provide a sawmill aroma for the manifold styles on display, from semi-Provincial to Stickleyesque Mission to semi-Danish. Budget range also varies, from the bargain bedside table to the quarter-sawed oak dresser with brass pulls. It's a place to let the domestic imagination run free, especially because what isn't on display can be ordered. Take it home raw if you like, or they can finish it for you with just about any kind of stain, paint, varnish, lacquer, shellac, or oil imaginable. Best thing about a store like this is that sense of potential.