Classic Home Decor peppers its 4,500-square-foot showroom with like-new upscale furnishings, arranged into classic and modern tableaux that tickle the brain's design cortex. Only gently used pieces get past Classic Home Decor's garden-gnome bouncer and make it into the inventory—ensuring quality and couches free of incompatible rear-end indentations. A mirror and shelf ($39.99) adds a bohemian flourish to any abode when paired with a Tiffany-style lamp ($99.99), and a pair of rattan trunks ($31.99) look as though they were designed to hold collections of crumbling treasure maps and eldritch grimoires. The leather barrel end table ($99.99) can be used to store either remote controls or ferment mead, and a Greek male bust ($69.99) imbues dinner parties with just the right dose of stylish nudity. Classic Home Decor’s friendly atmosphere makes newcomers feel right at home, although they are still urged not to clutter the showroom with their action figures.
The Woodcraft name stretches from coast to coast with locations peppered throughout the United States, ensuring that Americans are well equipped with the brand-name tools and woodworking supplies needed to pursue handyman endeavors. At Woodcraft of Birmingham, a collection of hand tools waits patiently to hammer down nails and saw brave magician assistants in half, and a variety of power tools—including drills, sanders, and grinders—adds electric oomph to construction projects. In addition to performing in-store demonstrations of new products, the shop’s wise whittlers call upon more than 80 years of collective knowledge to lead various crafts classes, in which participants learn how to carve sophisticated pens, assemble wooden step stools, and use table saws.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Sydney accent chairs command shoppers’ attention with woody legwork, while minimalistic Cubit ottoman sets do captivating belly dances to bedazzle bored sultans. Matrix accent chairs, sofas such as the Victory chocolate sectional ($699), and beds including the Keytown panel bed ($499 queen) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
Founded by horticulturist and landscaper C. Beaty Hanna in 1986, Hanna’s Garden Shop boasts an expertly curated bounty of beautiful flora and exotic plants. Festoon your domicile with fresh Japanese maples ($39.99+) and handsome hydrangeas ($16.99+). Or, pick up a pot of pretty gardenias ($8.99+) to attract a swarm of bees and harness its delicious honey-making abilities just in time for ham-glazing season. If your sniffer gives out as you peddle through the pulchritudinous petal shop, enlist the help of an on-staff plant whisperer to track down the sweetest-scented boutonniere for a Sunday stroll with your sweetie. In addition to its friendly, knowledgeable staff, Hanna’s Garden Shop stocks an assortment of high-end plant- and lawn-care accoutrements—including a full line of Ferti-lome products—to ensure that your landscape stays luscious for the long haul.