In 1958, Guy Day and Dale Williams founded their mattress store with a focus on high-quality products and excellent customer service. After 10 years, the partners unveiled their line of handcrafted, personalized mattress sets under the name Verlo, a combination of their wives' names—Verna and Lois. After more than 40 years, the company has perfected its craft, manufacturing customized mattresses and selling them directly through their show rooms. The stock ranges from plush pillowtops to firm sets, both capable of supporting healthy sleeping patterns and cutthroat pillow fights for years to come.
Named the best furniture store in Milwaukee by WISN.com and CityVoter, the third-generation owned Bachman Furniture has outfitted homes with a sundry selection of fine furnishings since 1920. With more than 200 manufacturers to choose from, room refurbishers will stumble upon ideal accoutrements to accommodate their tastes and budgets. Place perfectly mixed Manhattans onto new cocktail tables (starting at $199), liven up living rooms with colorful sofas (starting at $599) and trendy end tables (starting at $149), or furnish royal sleeping chambers with a queen-sized bed (starting at $469). Bachman also carries a number of furniture items sporting environmentally friendly components, such as soy-based foam, recycled steel, and vegetable-dyed leathers and fabrics. Purchase a piece of furniture, and Bachman's team of room reorganizers will offer complimentary interior design services to help develop room layouts, coordinate colors, and remove moose head-shaped eyesores from homes.
When a baby room takes the place of a man cave, once-cherished leather couches and entertainment centers often wind up curbside, waiting for their ride to the landfill. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore saves furniture from an untimely demise and stocks new and used building materials, using the proceeds to help to create affordable homes for the city's low-income families. Manufacturers, businesses, contractors, and individuals regularly stop in to donate a variety of items ranging from caulk to file cabinets to paintbrushes. The mostly volunteer staff at ReStore spent 2010 keeping more than 730,000 pounds of usable supplies out of landfills and trash mountains.
Certified reflexologist MaryAnn Stimmell, who is also a practitioner of reiki, acupressure, and massage, applies pressure to hands, feet, and outer ears to unblock chakras's energy flow, improve circulation, and restore balance and relaxation. Her approach is based on the belief that, like open-heart surgeons and blindfolds, the mind, soul, and body function best together, and that every individual can access an optimal level of balance and peace. Stimmell is also a certified practitioner of aromatherapy, which she folds into her center's reflexology services.