For more than 30 years, MurMaid Mattress has culled an extensive arsenal of mattresses from both top-brand manufacturers and from its own, onsite factory. The shop has garnered the title of Best Mattress Store from readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press multiple times. At seven locations throughout the Tennessee Valley, its staffers navigate sprawling showrooms that brim with memory-foam mattresses and adjustable beds from brands such as Serta and Tempur-Pedic. It procures its inventory directly from such manufacturers, working to keep its prices affordable and to ensure no under-the-bed monsters were damaged during travel. The store's immense stash of products also includes MurMaid Mattress’s own creations, assembled at an onsite factory affixed to the Cleveland location. Staffers produce custom, made-to-order mattresses from materials used by national brands.
Thrive! Weight Loss helps participants to disentangle from the dieting yo-yo to embrace new, healthier lifestyles. After enrolling in an online or in-center plan, classmates each receive a nutrition workbook, online journal, and set of cave paints to supplement and document their efforts to slim down. In-person members participate in weekly group classes that are entertaining and edifying, and onliners can watch streaming videos of the instruction at any time. As fat-burning journals are diligently kept, Thrive! Weight Loss’s enthusiastic instructors help to set goals and walk students through practical pound-shedding strategies that include navigating restaurant menus, noting how the body reacts to certain food pairings, or discovering how the mind might react to talking celery.
Ellijay Marketplace changes with the seasons. During the summer, an open-air flea market sprouts at its perimeter and during the colder months, it's a purely indoor shopping center. And while it's less seasonal, the indoor space is far from static. The merchandise in the 10,000-square-foot consignment center, for example, rotates regularly, as do the antiques and curiosities sold at live auctions. Local retailers, such as The Man Cave Shop and Kristina Lee's Boutique, also show their wares at select indoor tables. Visitors can shop the market's quirky finds, or simply browse while listening to the eclectic bluegrass performances.
Led by Master Ju Hyon Seo, Seo’s Martial Arts Education Center leads children and adults through classes that focus on developing techniques of hapkido and tae kwon do. In addition to instilling students with the character traits that are associated with tae kwon do, he also helps guests get into shape with kickboxing fitness classes.
Too much money. Too much time. Too much unused food wasted and thrown away. Chef Anna Conrad knows why many people forgo home-cooked meals, and, for that reason, she created Ideal Mealz to make it easier. She transforms her own gourmet dishes into easy-to-follow recipes that fill a 30-day rotating menu. Her customers choose the recipes they’d like to try, and, instantaneously, they receive a printable PDF with instructions as well as a weekly shopping list scaled to the number of people in the family or the number of seagulls that show up for dinner as soon as they smell bread. Most of her meals—which often include low-fat, low-carb, vegetarian, diabetic-friendly, and gluten-free options—cook in 15 minutes or less. And to save more precious minutes, Chef Conrad's multitude of recipes let home cooks prepare a month's worth of meals in a single afternoon—they need only preassemble ingredients and freeze what's left over.