Bejeweled with gem-like skewered grapes, the Delicious Fruit Design bouquet pops with a starburst of chocolate-drenched and undrenched strawberries rocketing past honeydew slices. Skillfully shaped cantaloupe daisies sport glistening pineapple petals, communicating love to significant others or appreciation to favorite limbo dancers. Alternatively, woo eyes and tongues with chocolate-drenched apple wedges, handsomely arranged in a gift-ready box. A dozen ripe strawberries hand-dipped in semisweet chocolate peek out of their package, tempting onlookers with finger-staining juiciness. Whether drizzled in chocolate or served au naturel, each bite remains free of preservatives and lower-back tattoos.
The florists at Beltway Blossom Shop excel at combing through their wide array of floral arrangements and gifts and picking out the perfect selection to match any special occasion. On a given day, they might point prom-goers toward corsages and boutonnieres, show brides-to-be the available wedding bouquets and centerpieces, or help party planners find special birthday gift baskets and balloons. Customers searching out flowers to give a loved one "just because" will be delighted in the wide variety of flowers available, from traditional roses to tropical blooms.
Professional sleep counselors facilitate peaceful slumber at more than 80 Mattress Discounters locations nationwide, where showrooms brim with mattresses from brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Tempur-Pedic, and Space Age Foam. Unlike pet stores, Mattress Discounters encourages customers to lie on the merchandise, as sleep counselors use the Discover Your Comfort system to ask questions about sleep position and comfort level. With this information in hand, client and counselor select the right mattress for restful slumber, with each sleep surface backed by a 60-night comfort guarantee.
A small business that blossomed into a corporation, Cozi Furniture offers customers a mammoth assortment of affordable, quality retail furnishings. With an arsenal of living-room furniture to choose from, customers can anchor down their carpets and rugs with a cushy Ella chair ($175.75) or build a multi-fabric ottoman ($148–$315) empire for a more aggressive style of kicking back. The curvaceous Bakers Grove ($240.40), a five-piece dining set, also makes elegant garb for undressed kitchens with its medium oak tabletop and matching upholstered chairs. Moving in with a significant other becomes uncomplicated when accompanied by Hugo ($249.75), a C-style bunk bed with ladder and foldable futon, and the Grand Manor ($240.50), a three-drawer cherry-wood nightstand ($240.50). Allow Cozi Furniture's friendly staff to suggest the right furniture to make your social gatherings feel less like penitentiary visits.
Amicus Green Building Center brings an eco-friendly approach to the building process with its inventory of green and sustainable materials. Each product in the store undergoes extensive review to determine its potential energy savings, environmental integrity, and ability to intimidate smog that shows up unannounced to dinner parties. New initiates into the world of healthy eco-living may wish to start with a safety test kit ($10.95 each) to discover just how much asbestos, lead dust, or radon lurks in the shadowy recesses of their home. Said shadows can be banished with the efficient lighting of compact fluorescent light bulbs ($5.19 each for small bulbs), which offer long life and warm light quality, or light-emitting diodes ($60.40 each for recessed bulbs) that pack an average 40,000 hours, or approximately 80,000 equally illuminating episodes of Frasier, of light.