Assured Self Storage has anything and everything necessary to safely store supplies for the short or long term. Most facilities boast climate-controlled storage spaces within larger fenced-in facilities, complete with key-coded gates, surveillance cameras, crocodile moats, and door alarms to protect your goods from vengeful ex-roommates and hopelessly lost apartment dwellers. The individual storage rooms, like summer romances, are available in month-to-month leases and range from the closet-sized 5'x5' unit ($34) to the expansive 10'x30' space ($189), which rivals a two-car garage in roominess and number of power tools.
It’s a Party purveys upscale gifts for all occasions within its cozy boutique. Rarefied finds such as jalapeño-pepper jelly ($8.95) delight gift-seekers with a taste for sweet and fire flavor, and Mini Love Crosses ($11.95) reiterate the power of love with graffiti messages scrawled over a small white cross. For an aromatic touch in the home, office, or Cold War bunker, scented candles ($18.95) give olfactory kisses to enclosed spaces while casting a romantic ambient glow. Relax Petite Treat Handcreme ($7 mini, $24 large) pampers person paws with a moisturizing cocktail of lavender, bee-blossom honey, Indian amber and Tahitian vanilla. Spread across the store, themed gifts commemorate a variety of important events from graduations to baby showers, and cards and stationery stand ready to be launched into mailboxes and tethered to carrier pigeons.
Teeming with precisely organized lighting fixtures, Passion Lighting's 9,000-square-foot retail show room—a multiple-year finalist of Residential Lighting magazine’s Showroom of the Year award—is designed to demystify home lighting and interior design for the everyday customer. Owner Bruce Paul—one of only 125 ALA-certified lighting consultants in the nation—uses his years of illumination expertise to help customers solve their interior-design conundrums. In addition to his company’s website, Paul maintains the video blog LightingGourmet.com, where he doles out expert advice on household lighting strategies and irresistible video clips of kittens installing solar panels.
Overweight from a lifetime of inactivity, Merri Benham turned to yoga to take control of her body and cope with her chronic aches and high stress levels. The ancient Hindu discipline invigorated her body, helping her regain her youthful mobility and shave off 50 pounds. Eager to help others enjoy yoga's benefits, she's spent close to 5,000 hours teaching yoga—throughout the last 10-plus years—to students of all fitness levels ranging from children to NFL players to triathletes. Today, Merri leads various classes tailored for participants seeking a deep-muscle stretch, a beginner-friendly session, or an opportunity to show off a sweat-resistant onesie.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.