For almost 20 years, Bedding Mart has been laying mattresses, pillows, frames, and other dozing surfaces underneath its sleepy clients. These skilled somnambulence-preventers provide a mattress collection that includes Serta and Simmons Beautyrest, which join other dream-cultivating brands in rounding out their plushy provisions. Accessories such as a Comfort Select memory-foam pillow (up to $99.95) absorb recollections more effectively than the un-porous surfaces of amnesia anvils. A helpful staff is always on hand to help customers select the right items, such as a Simmons Beautyrest extra-firm-full size mattress ($388.99), Englander plush mattresses ($128.99+), memory-foam mattresses ($398.99+), or bed frames ($49.95—$69.95), which help provide a stable home for courteous under-bed monsters.
A locally owned and operated business, Cantrell boasts a wide selection of high-quality wood, leather, and upholstered furniture from lines such as Jessica Charles and Sam Moore. Stately bedroom sets by Largo provide elegant concert halls for dream symphonies, and Hammary dining room sets with high-backed chairs add dramatic style to any supervillain dinner party. Cantrell's trained consultants are always nearby to help you wrangle a candidate from the store's majestic herd of roaming sofas, and its upholstery experts can create custom options in case Cantrell doesn't carry an exact replica of Captain Kirk's command chair. You can also give your home a sexy foreign accent with an assortment of home decoration pieces such as candelabras, tabletop statues, vases, an elaborately patterned red pillow ($99), and shaggy area rugs ($59).
Bath Junkie’s Little Rock branch welcomes crafty visitors who aim to create their own customized bath products without welding together bathtubs or sewing shower curtains into tuxedo capes. Amid a vibrant and colorful atmosphere, the helpful staff assists customers in selecting nontinted and unscented products such as salt scrubs, bath crystals, lotions, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, oils, perfumes, and magical elf ointments that instill tree-talking abilities. After selecting the perfect product, about 200 scents await your approval. A final tint application transforms skin-soothing concoctions into aesthetically striking bathroom accessories. Surprise your mom with a hydrating body mist ($18.50, 4 oz.) that matches her bedroom décor or pick up any lotion product ($10.25+). Add pizzazz to bath time with fragrant bath crystals ($25, 32 oz.) and an exfoliating salt scrub ($35.50, 16 oz.). The fun, hands-on process provides all the child-like excitement of spontaneous soda-fountain chemistry while avoiding sugar-induced headaches and upset stomachs. Every product is suitable for sensitive skin and almost all are paraben- and SLS-free.
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.
Fragrances Unlimited equips young trendsetters with a constantly updated coterie of designer scents and stylish accessories from top brands ranging from Dolce & Gabbana to Versace. Carry textbooks or hide textbook authors to whisper answers during pop quizzes with back-to-school gear such as the Room It Up confetti-dot backpack ($24.99). Designer perfumes and colognes, including Gucci Guilty for men ($54.99 for 1.7 oz.) and True Religion Hippie Chic ($54.99 for 1.7 oz.), bestow bodies with elegant scents. The rhinestone enthusiast who resides in each shopper can slip into a Rock Angel long-sleeve shirt ($29.99), crown the head with a Love Kills Slowly cadet hat ($20), or accessorize dollars with a zebra-print wallet ($19.99). Also carrying handbags, makeup, and jewelry, Fragrances Unlimited can gift-wrap presents or merchandise sentenced to life in a box.
The Arkansas Arts Center stokes the innate creativity of all its visitors with a close look at artistic expression. Since its creation in 1960, the AAC has amassed a permanent collection of more than 5,300 drawings and paintings (primarily American and European), 1,000 contemporary crafts and sculptures, and 27 lost mittens. Examples of French neo-impressionist drawings share space with the work of old masters, while early modern paintings complement studio-forged glass sculptures and other pieces dating as far back as 1465. Throughout the year, the museum also casts its light on the local community by hosting special exhibitions of established artists and emerging talent.
Outside its gallery, the AAC encourages the community in another way. Through classes and workshops, instructors explain the fundamentals of composition in photography, ceramics, painting, woodworking, and printmaking while helping students create their own pieces. An onsite children's theatre, meanwhile, routinely stages family-friendly shows, and the troupe even offers workshops on the art of acting.