Inside Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s sprawling warehouses and showrooms, friendly staffers stock plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories. Expert designers craft these dwelling fillers, testing raw materials' durability and basic arithmetic skills before transforming them into classy furniture items that mesh with any decorating style. They build many tables and chairs to meet eco-friendly business standards, using recycled engineered wood to reduce landfill waste and slow down deforestation. Ashley also stocks nonwood items, including a selection of state-of-the-art body-cushioning mattresses from brands such as Sealy and Simmons.
For an additional charge, Ashley Furniture HomeStore transports its furniture using its own fleet of semi trucks and fighter planes, which ensure that comfortable couches and slick dining-room tables are never damaged and always fresh smelling. Each location is locally owned and operated, meaning staffers are friendly residents who know which couches best complement regional design trends and indoor weather patterns.
In 1955, Maybelle and George Landa began crafting makeshift bundles of pansies to sell alongside produce at their roadside stand. Before long, they were offering fresh-cut Christmas trees, cut flowers, and various houseplants, and the business bloomed into Boulevard Flower Gardens at Ruffin Mill. After decades of growth, the business was passed down to son Mark Landa and his wife Francine.
Today, Boulevard Flower Gardens resides on 6 acres that house a 33,000 square-foot greenhouse and hosts a wide variety of events. Computerized climate control creates optimal growing conditions for plants and a retractable A-frame roof hopes to lure a baseball franchise to hold spring training. The diverse staff includes certified horticulturalists, a full-service florist, and Wilbur the potbelly pig, a friendly mascot who's famous for his seasonal pumpkin carvings. When not tending to the nursery or the gift shop's selection of jellies, flags, and local wines, Mark Landa can be seen dispensing gardening wisdom on WRIC 8's morning news program.
Tropical Treehouse Florist treats flora fanciers to arrangements of finely attuned blooms. The bouquets' enticing fragrances brighten up jovial occasions or cheer up friends going through hard times, such as the untimely loss of a beloved pet rock. Anniversary celebrators can chivalrously hand a dozen red roses to the sole denizen of their heart ($45.95), and the glass-vased Mom’s the Greatest, filled with elegant spring flowers and greenery, helps grateful progeny spoil splendid child-bearers on Mother's Day ($29.95). The Secret Garden, chock-full of hydrangeas, roses, lilies, daisies, and more in a wicker-accented tin, bestows down-home charm to genuine green thumbs ($39.95).
Serenity Herbal Spa galvanizes appearances, fusing a tranquil environment with professional service to cultivate vivifying results. Beach-ready bods can also be smoothed to a glossy finish with a Brazilian wax, fashioning bikini lines and demonstrating the accuracy of Serenity's follicular assassins. A combination of techniques is employed as needy limbs receive celebrity-status attention during a 30-minute massage. The service augments circulation, eases muscle tension, and dilutes anxiety into the alcoholic equivalent of a wine cooler. Immerse restless frames into Serenity's hydrotherapy system and aromatherapy add-on, designed to exterminate bodily toxins and unwind spools of stress yarn as bathwater loaded with herbals and essential oils cascades across skin surfaces.
The friendly staffers at family-owned-and-operated Petals & Bows Florist happily tailor their bouquets to customers’ needs. Their purview incorporates seasonal arrays of fresh-cut blossoms, ranging from classic red roses to sprays of purple limonium, and can come paired with accessories such as festive bows or teddy bears. Prompt service ensures arrangements ready in time for special events, such as weddings, landmark birthdays, or commemorating a couple’s first kiss that didn’t include a lost tooth.
A parade of fixtures from brands such as Kohler, Moen, and Grohe tempts kitchen and bath savants at The Somerville Showroom. An Aqueous single-hole bathroom faucet shoots a steady flow of water into waiting basins ($111.07), and a Kohler Cachet elongated toilet seat snaps off easily to be cleaned or used as an emergency Frisbee ($59.30). Alternately, a polished chrome Kohler Flipside showerhead caresses soul cases with four different flavors of spray—a traditional shower, a dense and drenching spa mist, a pulsating water massage, and a circular-patterned spray ($95.30). Homeowners can also bring along detailed plans of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, and knowledgeable staff members can advise which faucet finishes will complement countertops or pink-and-red Hello Kitty color schemes.