Since 2001, the family-run operation at Macon Bedroom & Mattress and Robins Bed & Mattress has expanded across central Georgia, creating a fiefdom of show rooms built around the precepts of full service from delivery to setup and removal. An impressive display of mattresses and waterbeds from brands such as TempurPedic, NE Bedrooms, and Homelegance promise nights of deep, restful sleep, ranging in rigidity from the softness of a baby animal’s whisper to the firmness of a job interview handshake. Sleeping pallets pair perfectly with a wide range of accoutrements, from handsome bedroom furniture sets, to mattress heaters, bed liners, and replacement pads.
Since Stewart Vernon started America’s Swimming Pool Company in 2001, it has blossomed across 11 states and now boasts nearly 100 locations. The company’s Certified Pool Operator–trained professionals oversee more than 60 million gallons of water each week as they clean and maintain residential pools, as well as diagnose issues with pumps or lazy filters that have been letting in swimmers who aren’t wearing ties and jackets. In addition to repairing equipment, the experts can install brand-new systems or entirely renovate pools with retiling and new decks. For hot-tub aficionados, the company outfits homes with Garden Leisure spas, which help to relax aching muscles without the dangers associated with steeping in a witch’s cauldron.
Houston Hardware & Garden Center has served the home-improvement needs of locals for more than 30 years by carrying tools and trinkets for every corner of residential edifices. Handymen can execute afternoon tasks with brand-new power and hand tools, or consult with staff members before acquiring supplies for plumbing, electrical, or painting projects. A verdant variety of seeds, flowers, and fertilizers wait to populate barren flowerbeds and backyards, and customers can arrange for delivery of planting trees that will one day host a charming tire swing and grow Monopoly money.
On Jekyll Island, waves lick the 10 miles of beaches as kayaks cut through the salty water, cyclists roll over 20 miles of paved trails, and riders on horseback clop through hushed maritime forests. All visitors to the barrier island can partake in myriad active, relaxing, or educational activities while immersed in its lush natural landscapes, where dunes give way to beaches filled with hermit crabs and shell collecting and where birders clutch binoculars to examine avian habitats and decode gulls' sign language. The island's public golf club, open since 1898, hosts two 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course on manicured greens and rolling terrain. In the summer, the Summer Waves Water Park provides a cool escape from the heat with six slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river. For indoor adventurers, exhibits at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center illuminate the lives of the shelled reptiles, and a museum preserves relics of the wealthy families who used the island as their gilded getaway and a place to bury their expired money. The Jekyll Island Authority oversees all conservation and development on the idyllic island, existing to continually improve the park and its amenities.