For the past 37 years, three generations of the Bolick family have focused on furnishing living rooms, offices, game rooms, and the much-revered sleep closet. Since the bed typically acts as the focal point of the bedroom, Wes Bolick Bedrooms places particular importance on mattresses by stocking a vast selection with features such as innersprings, adjustable power settings, and memory foam to reshape nightly dreams. Customers can choose from more than 50 futon frames and various futon mattresses, or make sleeping spaces multifunctional with built-in storage units or loft designs to optimize room layouts. The Bolicks round out their stock with pint-size fittings for children’s bedrooms and waterbeds for amphibious pets.
“It’s like having Mr. Rogers teach your child to swim,” said one parent who left it up to The Swim Lessons Company’s Jim Reiser to show her child the secrets of not sinking. A third-generation swim teacher and coach, Jim approaches his pupils from a gentle, comforting angle that’s especially calibrated to meet the needs of infants, preschoolers, and adults disguised as Toys 'R' Us kids, employing fun activities and drills to impart skills. His friendship with water began in elementary school, and it was a friendship destined to last. To pay for college, Jim leased the university pool and used it to train young swimmers; he went on to teach aquatic courses at the University of South Carolina and lead multiple swimmers to state championships. "The Swim Professor"—a nickname Jim earned after founding Swim Lessons University, an online learning resource loaded with educational videos—now spends his days sharing the magic of swimming with people of every age, imparting the tips and tricks they'll need to survive in a pool, from holding their breath to performing a proper backstroke and catching Marco Polo.
Named Best Kitchen Store by Columbia Metropolitan magazine in 2009, 2010, and 2011, Mary & Martha's harbors a staggering selection of cutlery, cookware, and crockery. The Martha side of the store outfits at-home chefs with tools designed to keep kitchen time at a minimum, such as mixing bowls ($10 and up), skillets ($49.99 and up), and salt and pepper mills ($10 and up), while the Mary side houses the store's showy pieces, elegant dishes, and drink ware.
With two separate studios—one equipped with nine poles for exotic dance classes and one reserved for fitness classes—Pulse Dance & Fitness Studio facilitates an atmosphere of ease, enjoyment, and confidence. In the pole studio, instructors lead women through the basics of pole dancing during the introductory class, and ramp up the raciness in French Kiss Chair Strip Tease classes. Abs N Bootie and Hip Hop Cardio classes in the dance studio turn fitness into a fun and rhythmic dance romp. And before or after classes, students can spend some time socializing in the Pulse Ultra Lounge, cooling down with a smoothie or perusing the in-house lingerie store.