Ben's Brands for Less houses a selection of overstocked name-brand home furnishings and mattresses at discounted prices. Household relaxation units from Simmons, Lane, and Broyhill complement any style or space, from art-deco dining rooms to children's bedrooms to ornate home mission-control centers. Dads can stage rest-offs on a dual reclining sofa ($499+) or survey a den outfitted with an entertainment center ($149+) and Simmons leather rocker recliner ($349+). Restless hibernators can return to goodnightliness with Ben's compendium of Beautyrest and Southern Cross slumber chariots. Affix frames with a Southern Cross luxury firm mattress ($248–$548) or a Simmons Harley plush mattress ($398–$798) to soften dreamscapes.
When recession forced their pizzeria to close in 2008, Mrinali Goswami and her husband, Bala Dommeti, raised some funds by selling the plants they recreationally grew in their backyard on Craigslist. With an unexpected surge in popularity, the duo soon found themselves on the radar of zoning officials, who informed them they couldn?t legally sell plants in a residential area. Fortunately, they were able to use the sales they already made online to purchase a three acre nursery and, according to the Rockdale Citizen, house more than 5,000 plants. What was once a part-time gardening hobby now blossomed into a full-time gig.
Pixies Gardens cultivates all sorts of plants, from pear trees and dogwoods to corkscrew willows and more than 10 varieties of hydrangeas, and Mrinali grows many of the fruit trees and ornamental shrubs herself. Because they don't use a greenhouse, their hardy plants undergo few, if any, transplanting shocks when they leave the nursery.
At Let's Paint Pottery, aspiring artists can drop in anytime to customize plain pieces of pottery. After selecting an unfinished ceramic piece from the studio's selection of serving ware and home decor items, they’ll use provided stamps, stencils, and idea books to map out their design and next tattoos. They then draw from a palette of more than 50 paints and glazes to coat their creation before handing it over to a staff member, who fires the work in the studio's kiln. The studio also offers two-hour canvas-painting sessions, wherein guests armed with acrylic paints learn brushstroke basics.
Mattress Choice's sleep specialists take the time to educate guests as they lead them on tours through a showroom stocked with more than 30 models. They explain the technology and benefits of each mattress to guests who lie on as many mattresses needed until they find the comfiest fit. Familiar brand names such as Simmons Beautyrest and ComforPedic make up the showroom’s roster. A stockpile of accessories provisions sleepers with other necessary items—frames, Tempur-Pedic pillows—that pile atop already-snug mattresses to make them even more comfortable after long sleepwalks or sleep break dancing.
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
With more than 50 years of experience in the nursery industry, Dana Pike and her staff of experienced plant professionals, horticulturalists, and landscape designers guide home gardeners through 5 acres of plants, supplies, and accessories. Prevent newspaper deliverers from shattering another lawn sculpture of Andre the Giant with a shrub ($5.99+) from lines such as the Southern Living collection. Patrons can inject style and oxygen into interior spaces with one of many houseplants ($3.99+) or reward branchless swings with a tree ($16.99+). Knowledgeable gardeners can advise planters as to which annuals ($1.59+) will grow best in difficult yard environments with little shade or mounting evidence of an underground rabbit-run kitchen, and for an additional fee will plant any greenery purchased. The Family Tree Garden Center’s stock changes weekly. After perusing plants, soil, and gardening tools, patrons can visit the upscale gift shop for home-décor items ($4+). Budding ornithologists can delight in the wild-bird section with a variety of feeders, seed, and bird bungalows, sold with or without squirrel security systems.