At more than 1,200 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.
For Your Kitchen sides the sale of premium quality kitchenware tools and trinkets with cooking classes to help customers accessorize abodes with appetizing edibles. Students of all skill and experience levels are welcome, allowing Michelin-starred chefs and spoonophobes alike to sow the seeds of culinary growth in a host of mouthwatering workshops. Forthcoming sessions include Soups for Spring, covering the creation of such vernal sippers as flavorful chili, potato-corn chowder, split pea, and April rain—based May flowers ($10). Award Winning Easter Brunch Ideas, taught by Desert Magnolia BBQ & Catering’s Brad Trammel, seeks to add pizzazz to holiday gatherings with three different quiches and two different meats ($20), while 29 Minute Meals offers a tasty take on barbecue chicken, potatoes, and vegetables ideal for time-pressed families ($10).
The florists at Ogden City Floral and Gift meticulously craft efflorescent bouquets and colorful arrangements using healthy, vivacious plants and flowers. Bask in the aromatic ambience of the Graceful Wonder bouquet, a burst of pink and white roses matched with Peruvian lilies embracing the reflective romance of a glass vase ($40.69). The Lighthearted Moments mini rose plant, nestled in a woven basket, is a dramatic way to greet the warm weather ($19.99), second only to burning away the legs of all your pants with a magnifying glass and a blowtorch.
Founded at Utah's first nature center 36 years ago, the Ogden Nature Center unites unites members of modern civilizationurban-confined nature-lovers with the awe-inspiring creatures, and creepers of nature, fostering appreciation for local landscapes and wildlife while nurturing stewardship for the environment. Potential packs of pioneers may use their family day pass ($12) to tap their inner Lewis and Clarks by traversing the 1.5 miles of walking trails that dot the 152- acre preserve, passing through pleasant picnic areas, the 100-birdhouse- strong Birdhouse Trail, and the tree house at Dumke Picnic Grove, where visitors may boot up high- powered binoculars and spy stronger views of birds in flight and animals mid-meditation. Spot one of the 149 species of birds that have mingled in the nature center, from the majestic bald eagle and the graceful black-chinned hummingbird to the suave afro-topped disco dodo. The center also plays host to a number of indoor facilities, such as the E. Hugh and Beth Peck Ford Mews -- rehabilitation center—a building in which day-trippers can meet injured eagles, hawks, and owls up- close --— and two of Utah's greenest buildings (the education and visitor centers), constructed out of eco-friendly materials such as recycled ignorance and whose staffs facilitate instruction on sustainable structures.
First, there are drinks. Many of the classes at Liquid Canvas begin with education about a beverage?whether it's wine or something nonalcoholic?that participants sip before diving into the creative process. Each painting session focuses on a different composition, including flowers, whimsical trees, and unsteady wineglasses. Experienced artists take the lead, sharing tips with students as they tend to their canvases and explaining such painterly concepts as the rule of thirds and why ponytails don't make good brushes. Set to upbeat music, the classes are meant to be relaxed and social, and each participant gets to take their completed masterpiece home.