Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Pilot Media’s Reader Choice for Best Furniture Store in Chesapeake 2010, Esprit Decor Home Furnishings offers high-end furniture, floor coverings, beddings, and other home-sprucing accessories at lower-than-retail prices. Lighten up your elegant bedroom or shadowy beaver cave with an Uttermost Burian lamp ($89), with rich-toned mahogany wood and bronze metal accents underneath an ivory-linen rectangle shade. Any room will come alive with the Oliver table set ($249), featuring two round end tables and one oval, tapered-legged cocktail table. With Esprit’s massive show room and more than 200 furniture brands, you’ll find an abundance of wine racks, leather sofas, comfy mattresses, and virtually anything you can imagine invigorating your home.
For more than 25 years, Stanley’s Home Furnishings has filled empty homes with dining sets, bedroom sets, and other furniture for all areas of the house. Their inventory ranges from motion furniture such as recliners and sofas to dinettes, full bedroom sets, and mattresses from brands such as Allassea Sleep System, Boyd Sleep Products, and Paramount Bedding. They offer in-house financing options, as well as convenient delivery to Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.
Called “a gigantic, sprawling wonderland” and “an overflowing treasure chest of cheap fun” in the thrift-store guide book, Dirt Cheap, Real Good, Thrift Store USA stocks more than 24,000 square feet of secondhand clothes, furniture, and other goods that are ripe for the repicking. Outfit your lambs in a perpetually rotating array of vintage and used clothes, priced from $0.55 to $19.99. Manic media collectors can spend hours browsing the thousands of books, videos, and record albums of old vinyl pop classics and records for teaching cats how to meow in German ($0.55–$3.99). Brand-new Symbol and Corsicana mattresses ($79–$399) provide pleasant dream-cradles alongside antique, retro, and modern dining-room sets and bunk beds. Purchases at Thrift Store USA benefit Seton Youth Shelters, which provide shelter and counseling services to at-risk youth.
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Roberts tends a stylish stable of furnishings from brand names such as Ashley Furniture and Crown Mark to staff living rooms, dining dens, and bedchambers. A tasteful array of cheval floor mirrors ($99+) and table lamps ($49+) distract visitors from the fact that your coasters are made out of overdue library books. Living-room and bedroom sets (both $699+) are well matched by Roberts' empire of ottomans. For a fee, same-day delivery can expedite your laptop's metamorphosis into the desktop PC it was always meant to be.
Bed sets, sofas, and barstools populate the showroom at Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace, set up in arrangements of household rooms. In addition to carrying luxury furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and personal aircraft carriers, Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace specializes in building custom pieces to accommodate room measurements and the creative visions of clients. With more than 300 fabric, color, and leather options, customers can match existing room decor or draw attention away from evidence left from hosting a weekly food-fight club.
These Four Walls specializes in unique, quirky home goods fashioned by craftspeople around the world and the greater Richmond community. Husband-and-wife owners Hank and Angie travel to locales as disparate as Peru and Narnia to find eclectic, often organic or recycled furnishings, accent pieces, and objets d'art. Wash your hands with Row House Soap ($5) made by local artisans and dry them on a decorative towel ($10.50), all the while being silently serenaded by a musician statuette ($14) fashioned from nuts and bolts. Whimsical metal cows ($25) enjoy the aromatherapeutic benefits of scented Trapp candles ($30). Even crafty tots can get in on the action, ogling a fanciful array of toys including the miniature monster-footed stilts ($10.50), manufactured with no harm to monsters, ogres, and/or bogeymen.
The Healthy Back Store's mission is to provide the best solutions for a healthier lifestyle through restorative comfort, exercise and ergonomics.
Strawberry Fields invites fresh, artfully attired seasonal flowers to its bounteous bouquets. Prospective decorators may select one of the shop’s signature styles and then work with veteran petal primpers to design a one-of-a-kind composition of colors and aromas. A splash of roses in a day brightener ($40+) buoys spirits more gracefully than a squad of professional cheerleaders, and signature arrangements ($50+) overflow with an array of warm hues and mingling fragrances. For a touch of greenery or to expand scale recreations of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, customers can craft a proper plant arrangement ($35+). All prices vary based on the type and number of flowers.
Fab’rik has garnered a lot of praise and wolf whistles from the press thanks to its wide range of women’s apparel and accessories. With the change of seasons imminent, stock up on spring and summer fashions so you don't sport unflattering parka-shaped tan lines. Attract admiring looks with a lace back embroidered top ($48) or dazzle lumberjacks with a pair of leather, double-buckle flats ($24) during flirtatious log-rolling contests. A striking one shoulder ruffle button dress ($88) will give you the power to turn the heads of passersby and sashay past territorial badgers unharmed. Fab’rik’s helpful, fashion-forward staff is on hand at all times to help you piece together gorgeous getups for your life-size action figures, and will dislodge the heads of any customers who mistake a pair of skinny jeans for a top.
Summer Classics was founded in 1973 as a manufacturer of plastic umbrella bases. After the breezy craze of umbrella disco died out, the company branched out into designing and building its own line of home furnishings. Summer Classics produces high-quality products that are largely customizable via a variety of color and fabric options. Its large inventory selection includes posterior-supporting Palm collection side chairs ($477 each for frame, cushions $83–$168), and piña-colada-supporting Ocean Grande collection end tables ($496). No back porch is complete without a sturdy armchair in which to read the daily paper and lecture your sprinkler system, such as the Plaza collection arm chair ($379 for frame, cushions $70–$140). Cushion a planned fall with a set of Aqua collection large throw pillows ($97–$196 each), or opt for a smaller decorative throw in a color such as mango or blue bell ($107–$252 each). The friendly and helpful staff at Summer Classics is on hand to answer any questions you may have about fabric trims or weather patterns.
For more than 25 years, pottery guru Robin Cage has nurtured the creativity of local artisans by arranging a warm and loving home for their handcrafted beauties at 43rd Street Gallery. Amidst the welcoming atmosphere, jewelry items ($12+) and pieces of fine art ($50+) adorn the gallery's baby blue walls. Inside the on-site pottery studio, Robin shapes lumps of clay into functional pottery items such as teapots, sugar bowls, and casserole dishes ($10–$100). Glazed and fired in color combinations like blue and white, black and gold, or copper and green, once boring pie plates, platters, and place settings make excellent conversation pieces for those who have heard everything their old coffee mugs have to say. 43rd Street Gallery also enlightens aspiring clayshapers with pottery classes, as well tours of the studio, kiln room, and violin shop on premises.
Virginia Beach Cornhole brings the classic challenge of chucking a corn-filled bag through a hole in a tilted game board to the seaside. Its waterfront shops stock an array of regulation-sized boards, with both painted and unfinished options, which patrons can rent or purchase. Like the bed pillows of most chickens, Virginia Beach Cornhole’s bags are packed with a pound of corn each, and are available in a rainbow of vibrant colors. For friendly competition, players can chuck bags in one of the company’s contests, hosted weekly throughout the summer and sporadically in winter months.