An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Sydney accent chairs ($199.99) command shoppers’ attention with woody legwork, while minimalistic Cubit ottoman sets ($99.99) do captivating belly dances to bedazzle bored sultans. Matrix accent chairs ($219.99), couches, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
With a knowledgeable sales force and more than 250 snoozing accoutrements including an array of Kingsdown mattresses, Affordable Bedding turns comfortless bedrooms into fluffy sleep shrines. Friendly staff members guide guests through the store, allowing them to leap from mattress to mattress in search of spine soulmates and hidden peas. A queen-size Stafford pillow-top mattress ($699.95) comforts sore backs with a 2-inch quilt top that traps nightmare villains in two layers of foam, while Kingsdown queen sets ($799.95–$1,399.95) provide the full royal treatment. The breathable fabric that comprises comfy pillows ($19.95) and Pillow Plus mattress protectors ($49.95–$79.95 depending on size) can repel moisture and ward off dust mites, and solid-wood furniture items are also available to cradle bedstuffs in wear-resistant style.
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.
Junk Recyclers takes an earth-friendly approach in all that it does, down to the solar-powered hosting company it enlists to power its website. Similarly, its junk-removal services aim to keep 85% of the junk it collects out of landfills. The company does this by first attempting to resell any salvageable goods at The Regeneration Station, a thrift store that sells any up-cycled, salvageable, or repurposed goods collected. If the items don’t sell, the staff of junk recyclers breaks them down by hand in order to remove all of the recyclable parts, and then discards only what cannot be sold, recycled, or repurposed as beanbag stuffing.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from Coaster, Forbidden City, Harden, Sealy, Old Town Imports, and other top brands help customers to capture the furniture species of their choice. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid hardwood Leonardo bed backed by a strong, modern headboard covered with tufted upholstery that boasts the color of morning cappuccino but the flavor of tufted upholstery ($347 for a queen; $516 for a king). Taking home a Davenport nightstand means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills ($125). Home-office workers can perch glowing Internet portals atop a classic table desk, creating an imposing pedestal that distracts interning offspring from their demands for a salary ($400).