An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
Father-and-son team Robert and Fred Lee worked as homebuilders for years before going into business selling lights in 1965, so they knew how quickly something impressive could rise from a humble foundation. Sure enough, Lee Lighting, their small family company, grew to include a vast online retail shop and one of the largest lighting dealers in Texas. They've even purchased Savoy, a company that designs fixtures to bring cheer to dining rooms and make rooms full of ventriloquist dummies less terrifying.
Lee Lighting stocks shelves with a diverse selection of indoor lamps from brands including ELK Lighting, Quoizel, and Hudson Valley. Staffers certified by the American Lighting Association move beneath the dazzling crystal sprays and faux candles of chandeliers. They suggest outdoor lighting to transform backyards into regal terraces. They also stay abreast of lighting trends to help patrons select lights that will stay in style.
The accommodating staff at Sunflower Shoppe helps guide visitors to healthier lifestyles with expert advice and an expansive collection of vitamins, supplements, and natural foodstuffs. Shoppers can boost circulatory systems with celery-seed extract from Natural Factors ($19.95), imbibe protein with Power Crunch protein energy bars ($1.39), and cleanse palates with Crazy Water natural mineral water ($4.49). Lily of the Desert styling spray ($8.69) enables coiffures to stand tall with organic ingredients, and Hyland's leg-cramps ointment ($9.19) soothes hard-working gams tuckered out from running marathons or sitting too long in the same position while watching marathons. Sunflower Shoppe's array of natural, organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian grocery items range from condiments and snacks to fresh and frozen foods.
The corporeal caretakers at Texas Beauty Institute thwart the façade-fading effects of aging and natural wear with an enlivening array of noninvasive, anti-aging solutions. The less jaded cousin of microdermabrasion, the Jet Clear peeling system eschews irksome microcrystals for the lush, hygienic surge of saline to help correct skin imperfections such as acne, scars, wrinkles, and grossly mislabeled temporary tattoos. A nourishing medley of collagen and elastin widen skin channels to sink deep into pores and usher in a refreshing flood of beneficial skin serums. Jet Clear's procedure begets a gleaming facial transformation without the irritating ruddiness and scratchy sensation of microdermabrasion. There is no downtime, and faces leave the beauty institute with hydrated skin that's smoother than Barry White's pet dolphin.
Overweight from a lifetime of inactivity, Merri Benham turned to yoga to take control of her body and cope with her chronic aches and high stress levels. The ancient Hindu discipline invigorated her body, helping her regain her youthful mobility and shave off 50 pounds. Eager to help others enjoy yoga's benefits, she's spent close to 5,000 hours teaching yoga—throughout the last 10-plus years—to students of all fitness levels ranging from children to NFL players to triathletes. Today, Merri leads various classes tailored for participants seeking a deep-muscle stretch, a beginner-friendly session, or an opportunity to show off a sweat-resistant onesie.
As an authorized dealer of Simply Amish, Woodbine sources its stock of contemporary, Arts and Crafts, and traditional home furnishings from a network of Amish wood shops that still cut, shape, sand, and strain each piece of lumber by hand. They can customize each piece's wood, style, finish, and size, or gander at a customer's sketch for a king-size racecar bed and provide a quote. Roughly 8–12 weeks after first receiving the order, each Amish craftsman inscribes his signature and your name into the finished piece's solid hardwood, which ranges from red oak to soft maple to quartersawn white oak. As a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Woodbine subscribes to an eco-friendly mindset by limiting wasted materials and using certified CARB-compliant plywood for the backing of cased goods.