Mattress Direct and America's Mattress give somnambulant snoozers a place to rest weary heads with comfortable, supportive mattresses and sturdy box springs. Drift off on a Serta Perfect Sleeper, a mattress coaxing numbered lambs into soothing slumber for more than 75 years. Each mattress features an ultra-soft top and back-friendly firm springs below ($414+ for a twin, $135+ for box springs). A Vera Wang mattress allows couture catnaps with the choice of traditional innerspring or all-foam models, all crafted with chic detail and style ($689+ for mattresses, $160+ for box springs). The iComfort mattress meshes memory foam and supportive gel to whisk heat and tension away from reposing bodies. All Serta mattresses also include a doze-defending warranty.
The color chuckers at Paint Slingers aid visitors of all experience levels in the creation of personalized paintings. At each girls' night out party or open painting party, students choose prepared canvases to complete under the guidance of an art teacher, who will impart the finer points of impressionism by pretending to be a celebrity. Over the course of 2.5 hours, the sketched outline is filled to the metaphorical brim with incorporeal expression and very real paint.
The friendly staff at B Boutique helps ladies fashionably conceal their bareness with a variety of chic, upscale clothing, purses, and accessories. Fun, feminine swaddlings by designers such as Judith March and Voom by Joy Han compete for guests’ attention with bright colors, contemporary cuts, and waving sentient sleeves. Slip on a colorful summer dress for an evening stroll in the park ($24–$240) or achieve the perfect silhouette with a pair of form-fitting jeans by brands such as !iT jeans ($39-$90). Visitors can shield their little piggies in style with a pair of cowgirl boots by Old Gringo and Corral ($23–$399) or delve into a collection of jewelry to accent décolletages with simple pendants, colorful stones, or strands of classic pearls ($8–$150). A range of purses and bags can be used to store personal items, compliment outfits, or to hide smaller, not as fashionable, purses and bags ($24–$80).
The helpful staff at Sport Nutrition Plus! strive to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle with herbal supplements, multivitamins, and nutritional advice customized to individual lifestyles. Multivitamins ($32.99 for 90 tablets) race into bloodstreams to boost overall health while vitamin B12 supplements ($14.99 for 75) get metabolic engines purring like a seahorse. Customers can fortify immune systems in preparation for the temperature shilly-shallying of autumn with vitamin C supplements ($9.99). Blend shakes for months with a 2-pound jar of protein powder ($39.99), which bolsters postworkout muscles and, once emptied, can be used to collect wishes.
"You need to open a business and dress up other people's kids," said 13-year-old Aleigha Murphy, a daughter who'd outgrown playing dress-up with mom LaKisha. Aleigha's offhand comment took root in LaKisha's mind, and LaKisha founded Dazzle Me Kids Spa & More. Her princess- and spa-themed party packages often include age-appropriate manicures, makeup application, and temporary hair color and glitter, in addition to dress-up and fashion shows. Girls also can stop in for one of the kid-friendly spa services.
Doug Allen, who played college football for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, traded his life as a gridiron guru to become a grill master of Southern-style barbecue. Specializing in tender, golden-fried catfish ($11.50 for a six-piece dinner plate) and succulent, sauce-lathered ribs ($13.50 for 1/2-slab plate) slow-cooked over an open-pit, the Crimson Pit is a meaty haven of barbecue bliss. Dinner plates come with bread and a choice of two sides, such as classic barbecue beans, mac 'n' cheese, or the greens, a fearsome trio recently added to the roster that consists of collard, turnip, and cabbage.
One of the largest nurseries in northwest Florida, Floral Tree Gardens surrounds its customers with a land-grown sea of lush foliage and vibrant blooms. Row upon row of the outdoor gardens are painted with yellow daisies and purple cornflowers, and loquat and avocado trees cast shadows over shoppers. Plant purchases may be complemented with garden accents such as clay pots and metal butterflies, which, unlike their living counterparts, follow orders to sit and stay. Floral Tree Gardens' stock changes with the seasons; its facility brims with pumpkins in the fall and poinsettias in the winter. It also stocks fauna at an onsite pond, where visitors can fish for bass or pygmy submarines.