Plush mattresses from brands such as Serta, Simmons, Latex Bliss, and iComfort line the expansive show room at Sleep King, where same-day delivery ensures clients can choose a slumber surface and sleep on it that same night. Mattress materials run the gamut in styles, from traditional innerspring to body-conforming memory foam and muscle-relaxing latex foam. After testing these comfortable surfaces by simulating a night terror atop each one, visitors can peruse Sleep King’s selection of headboards, frames, and futons from Gold Bond.
It’s not often that you can buy something and know that you won’t have to invest in another one of that something for at least a decade. Mattress King USA backs all of their competitively priced mattresses with a 10-year guarantee. The company makes the promise to help customers sleep even easier on the new beds they’ve chosen—Mattress King’s inventory includes brand names such as Simmons and Therapedic. Anyone who wants added comfort can also purchase mattress toppers filled with gel, memory foam, or a dream therapist who can talk you through nightmares.
Baker Adie Sprague, who made a splash as a participant on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, showcases her meticulous dessert designs at Treat Cupcake Bar. She crafts at least a dozen flavors every day, including seasonal goodies such as candy apple—an apple cake smothered with cinnamon frosting. Adie also whips up separate batches for gluten-free and vegan patrons, such as chocolate cake crowned with mint cookies ‘n' cream frosting.
Rather than hog all the decorating fun for itself, Treat invites guests to make their very own creations at its namesake bar. There, you’ll find four varieties of both cake and frosting, plus more than 20 other toppings, such as Pop Rocks and chocolate-covered pretzels. To refine your decorating skills, sign up for one of Treat’s holiday-themed classes and learn to make seasonal shapes such as turkeys for Thanksgiving and smashed calculators for National Do Long Division by Hand Day.
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Savio Lighting's showroom, stuffed with wares from more than 70 manufacturers, offers customers a smorgasbord of modern illumination options. A sleek pair of Nuvo Lighting Cipriani mini-pendant lights ($47.99 each) will shed light on lab tables, letting mad scientists stitch together Frankenstein monsters without squinting. Or you could line Grandma’s kitchen counter with a strip of InvisiLED tape lights ($9–$990.90), which come in five colors, to create a disco vibe that encourages linoleum-slide dance moves and repurposing old aprons into leisure suits. Savio Lighting offers free shipping on orders of $49 or more.
A. Thomas & Sons' green thumbs cull multicolored flora from more than 8 acres of nursery to equip clients with the flowers needed to beautify backyards and make patios presentable. Colorful blooms, such as hydrangeas ($40) and knockout roses ($40), sit patiently with hopes of being selected to enliven drab flowerbeds or bunk beds, and mandevilla flowering vines prepare to accouter underdressed trellises, lampposts, and prom dates in sophisticated and colorful boutonnieres ($40). Hibiscus flowers complement living spaces with a touch of tropical color ($40), and large ornamental grasses grant growers the perfect building block for a human terrarium ($40). To solve garden problems beyond plant predicaments, the nursery specialists also curate a stock of wildlife feeders, wind chimes, fountains, and concrete statuaries.