Pilot Media’s Reader Choice for Best Furniture Store in Chesapeake 2010, Esprit Decor Home Furnishings offers high-end furniture, floor coverings, beddings, and other home-sprucing accessories at lower-than-retail prices. Lighten up your elegant bedroom or shadowy beaver cave with an Uttermost Burian lamp ($89), with rich-toned mahogany wood and bronze metal accents underneath an ivory-linen rectangle shade. Any room will come alive with the Oliver table set ($249), featuring two round end tables and one oval, tapered-legged cocktail table. With Esprit’s massive show room and more than 200 furniture brands, you’ll find an abundance of wine racks, leather sofas, comfy mattresses, and virtually anything you can imagine invigorating your home.
For more than 25 years, Stanley’s Home Furnishings has filled empty homes with dining sets, bedroom sets, and other furniture for all areas of the house. Their inventory ranges from motion furniture such as recliners and sofas to dinettes, full bedroom sets, and mattresses from brands such as Allassea Sleep System, Boyd Sleep Products, and Paramount Bedding. They offer in-house financing options, as well as convenient delivery to Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina.
Called “a gigantic, sprawling wonderland” and “an overflowing treasure chest of cheap fun” in the thrift-store guide book, Dirt Cheap, Real Good, Thrift Store USA stocks more than 24,000 square feet of secondhand clothes, furniture, and other goods that are ripe for the repicking. Outfit your lambs in a perpetually rotating array of vintage and used clothes, priced from $0.55 to $19.99. Manic media collectors can spend hours browsing the thousands of books, videos, and record albums of old vinyl pop classics and records for teaching cats how to meow in German ($0.55–$3.99). Brand-new Symbol and Corsicana mattresses ($79–$399) provide pleasant dream-cradles alongside antique, retro, and modern dining-room sets and bunk beds. Purchases at Thrift Store USA benefit Seton Youth Shelters, which provide shelter and counseling services to at-risk youth.
The knowledgeable team at Jerry’s Artarama stockpile a vast selection of art supplies for amateur and professional projects. Staff members roam the store answering art questions and help track down hard-to-find supplies for any medium including wrapped canvases and invisible ink. The onsite custom-framing shop outfits works in traditional wood and aluminum frames with a variety of matting options to enhance and preserve enveloped images. The emporium also hosts workshops throughout the month to develop oil- and watercolor-painting techniques, as well as demos to meet and learn from instructors in a more informal setting.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.