In 1993, interior designer Evon Kirkland McAngus founded Evon Kirkland Interiors, through which she transformed homes with an eye for classic and sophisticated design. In 2007, she opened Westend to spread that passion and curate a show room filled with her favorite finds. She and her designers help shoppers navigate the 5,000-plus-square-foot show room to find pieces from reputable high-end lines such as Baker, Henredon, Oly Studio, and Vanguard Furniture. Because they've all honed their design chops, the staff can expertly advise shoppers on purchases.
As shoppers explore the show room, they'll also find antiques from the United States and Europe, as well as plenty of pillows and linens, artwork, and accessories, including candles and kitchen items. The staff also curates a lighting selection that includes table lamps, floor lamps, and chandeliers, which emit more sophisticated glows within homes than dangling light bulbs or half-opened barrels of toxic waste.
Relying on customer testing and a comfort-scale rating, A Goodnight Sleepstore's accessible retailers pair patrons with cushioned name-brand mattresses that coax them into a restful torpor without overnight aches. Staff have coded the shop’s pillow-top, memory-foam, and firm mattresses on a comfort scale of one to six, allowing customers to quickly gauge which mattresses will offer the firmness needed for back sleeping and which are soft enough to conceal stockpiles of pilfered marshmallow crème. The shop also showcases accessories such as bed frames, pillows, and sheets, allowing customers to fully assemble the requirements for their new sleeping situation. Free delivery is available for bed sets $599 and higher, and a 30-day money-back guarantee ensures clients won’t have to toss and turn over whether they made the right decision.
Using hand-finished and hand-carved frames from all over the world, the crafty staff at Havens Framemakers & Gallery prepares artwork and memorabilia for perching stylishly on walls. While specialists stand by for free consultations, clients peruse more than 5,000 moulding samples and matting options of varying colors, textures, and scratch-‘n’-sniff scents. Diplomas can be framed for around $100, and small items such as cross-stitches and children’s drawings can be framed for $100 or less. From portraits and needlework to mirrors, framesmiths delicately handle all items in their large workspace and employ high-quality equipment for making accurate cuts on mats and frames. Also, Havens’ shadowbox-framing services help preserve three-dimensional prized possessions such as soccer trophies and medals from Law and Order: SVU marathon watching contests.
Webb Rawls Galleries has been in the framing business for more than a century, a testament to the timelessness of their work. Whether preserving pictures, artwork, or memorabilia, the staff of professional framers helps clients find the ideal presentation for their keepsakes.
701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a nonprofit visual art center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms.
Mattress Source's knowledgeable staff pairs customers with one of a wide selection of firm and flexible beds that augment deeper slumbers. Sealy luxury firm mattresses ($449.99+) allays stressful nights by supplying supple support, manufacturers' warranties, and a cache of warm kittens to rest at the end of each bed. Silk woven jersey knit surrounds a layer of memory foam on the Stearns & Foster x-firm mattress, which gently pillows joint pain and absorbs excess body heat ($1,219.99+). At 26 Charlotte-area showrooms, shoppers can take inventory of each mattress' aptitude in hypnosis or chat with affable staff members about desired levels of firmness.
Michaelis Mattress Company's factory-trained sales staff does not work on commission, so they can patiently help sleepyheads find the bed best suited to their needs. Snoozers of all sizes can lie down on the padding of their dreams—from full sets ($329+) to queen sets ($369+) and from king sets ($599+) to ruler-of-the-galaxy sets. Enjoy a futuristically plush Tempur-Pedic set (949+) or opt for the classic bounce of a Simmons ($429+) or Sealy ($499+). Every mattress comes with a 30-day trial period and a lowest-price guarantee, so if the buyer finds a price lower than Michaelis’s within 30 days of buying, Michaelis will double the difference in pricing.
Named the 2010 Best Furniture Store in Columbia by the Free Times and the 2011 Best Home Furnishings Store by Columbia Metropolitan magazine, Whit-Ash Furnishings, Inc. has been filling homes' negative space with a panoply of attractive appointment for more than 40 years. The center houses more than 500 items priced under $100 with other popular items including sofas and recliners starting at $299 and dining room sets starting at $599. The 40,000-square-foot showroom encompasses a full city block and harbors more than a dozen wardrobe portals into Narnia. Home-stockers looking for the perfect piece can get lost among the winding furniture-formed paths, feasting covetous eyes on interiors for every type of room and style. Mattresses, lamps, and accessories from 300+ manufacturers beckon shoppers hither, as does a large selection of oriental rugs carefully shackled to metal hangers to prevent any attempts at escape by flight.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a mahogany regal glass-door cabinet ($372), or in a hefty, finely trimmed narrow bookcase with drawer ($197). Or, display a new moving picture box on a bobbin leg console table ($116). Furniture comes in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables and chairs. Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingles in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s showroom. Ashley Furniture's wide selection of couch accents includes the Cubit ottoman with flip top ($129), which can give any room or teleportation chamber a hint of bold, contemporary style. A pair of Aaron accent chairs ($249 each) adds charm to dining-room décor with sleek upholstery and three available color options. Shoppers can relax weary limbs or perform their best opossum impersonation on a Kyle sofa ($449.99), and electronics can rest their legs on a Maribel media chest ($449).
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
For the past 37 years, three generations of the Bolick family have focused on furnishing living rooms, offices, game rooms, and the much-revered sleep closet. Since the bed typically acts as the focal point of the bedroom, Wes Bolick Bedrooms places particular importance on mattresses by stocking a vast selection with features such as innersprings, adjustable power settings, and memory foam to reshape nightly dreams. Customers can choose from more than 50 futon frames and various futon mattresses, or make sleeping spaces multifunctional with built-in storage units or loft designs to optimize room layouts. The Bolicks round out their stock with pint-size fittings for children’s bedrooms and waterbeds for amphibious pets.
House of Fabric stocks a large inventory of fabrics, including natural fibers such as silk and linen and synthetics like nylon and polyester. Knowledgeable staff members help patrons navigate the shop’s inventory to find the right fabric for their sewing project, whether the end result will be draperies, upholstery, or a garment. Shoppers can add sparkle to eveningwear with flat-back Swarovski and Preciosa rhinestones in an assortment of colors.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Panels, Drapery, Valances, Swags, Cornices, Fabric, Curtains
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
For almost a decade, the home-decor pros of Carolina Furniture and Mattress have sought to pair customers with ideal additions to their homes and Wendy houses from brands such as Simmons, Symbol, and Coaster. They offer same-day delivery and can ease the stress of moving by setting up furniture in customers’ new homes.