One of the oldest independently owned mattress discounters in the mid-Atlantic, Home Mattress Center cushions customers’ restful slumbers with first-rate sleeping surfaces from Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, and Serta Perfect Sleep. Hunt and capture z’s atop a Sealy Posturepedic Slipstream king set ($1,399), count a herd of numerically ordered clone sheep from a Simmons Beautyrest Sondra Plush elite twin set ($1,499), enjoy the slumber that only dreams of Rutherford B. Hayes can provide with a Simmons Beautyrest Aliyah classic queen set ($999), or opt for a firmer bed with the Sealy Posturepedic Diamond Hill firm queen set ($1,299). Home Mattress Center's well-trained, noncommissioned sleep doctors guide customers through the process of selecting an ideal bedroom fixture by asking questions, determining sleep preferences, and administering inkblot tests if necessary.
Though Longwood Gardens owes its current incarnation to the tireless efforts of industrialist, philanthropist, and conservationist Pierre du Pont, the property’s history stretches back to precolonial days. The Peirce family purchased the land from William Penn himself in 1700, and by the end of the century the Quakers had already begun developing an arboretum on the premises. In the century that followed, the homestead was purchased by an ambitious 36-year-old du Pont in 1906. Throughout the next 30 years, du Pont built a legacy rife with extravagant European-style fountains, a picturesque 600-foot garden walk, and 40 indoor and outdoor gardens. Today, visitors experience a bit of du Pont’s passion for the tropical flora of the Americas during jaunts through the property’s 1,077 colorful acres, where they run into everything from flowering trees and delicate hybrids to carnivorous pitcher plants. In addition to cultivating lush flora, the garden’s stewards also encourage growing minds with an ever-changing roster of events, such as internationally acclaimed musical acts and immersive educational experiences.
Charles and Amanda Sinclair opened Lush Green Lawn in 2005 with the goal of beautifying the lawns of the community around them. Today, the couple heads a team of licensed technicians who traverse local streets with a van full of professional lawn-care equipment and eco-friendly fertilizers. Lush Green Lawn offers a lengthy menu of lawn and landscaping services, including fertilization, weed control, mowing, and irrigation. Technicians perform a complimentary soil test on the lawns of all current and former customers each year, and happily accept phone calls expressing lawn-tending concerns or seeking tips for teaching garden gnomes to fetch newspapers.
Even as it celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014, the family-owned Colton's Cleaners still trades on the customer service and eager-to-please attitude that it did when it was just an upstart. Across that span of time, the cleaners have handled sartorial staining issues in every era, from wine stains on war-rationed nylons to ketchup stains on Zubaz pants. Their services also extend to tailoring and alterations, and customers who join the company's route service enjoy free pick up and delivery of clothing items, each labelled in a clothing bag with the name and special instructions.