Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Relying on customer testing and a comfort-scale rating, A Goodnight Sleepstore's accessible retailers pair patrons with cushioned name-brand mattresses that coax them into a restful torpor without overnight aches. Staff have coded the shop’s pillow-top, memory-foam, and firm mattresses on a comfort scale of one to six, allowing customers to quickly gauge which mattresses will offer the firmness needed for back sleeping and which are soft enough to conceal stockpiles of pilfered marshmallow crème. The shop also showcases accessories such as bed frames, pillows, and sheets, allowing customers to fully assemble the requirements for their new sleeping situation. Free delivery is available for bed sets $599 and higher, and a 30-day money-back guarantee ensures clients won’t have to toss and turn over whether they made the right decision.
Drawing on 32 years of bespoke experience, the duo of talented tailors at Éclat Tailoring & Design by Robert Ríson morphs garments with meticulous alterations and designs custom-made ensembles for men, women, and children. The clothing experts construct elegant apparel from sundry pattern catalogs by Vogue, New Look, and Style, with fine materials such as fur and mink and fabrics such as wrought silk, organza, tulle, tweed, and bubble wrap. The accommodating clothiers also work with customers to fashion garments according to client specifications. In an initial consultation, designers meet with customers to gain a thorough understanding of desired styles and designs, take measurements, and provide counsel on any recent public displays of pants splitting. Custom garments are completed and ready to wear within four weeks.
Bumble attires sprouting young seeds, from infants to tweens, in stylish duds from hard-to-find boutique brands. Anavini hand-smocked clothing ($66–$81) outfits toddling girls and a Guitar Rex tee by Wes & Willy ($25.50–$27.50) stands up to the wear and tear of boyhoods spent rolling in mud pits and eating ketchup by the handful. For fancier occasions, a Wee Ones large grosgrain bow headband ($9.25) pairs well with an owls Viola top by Zutano ($28). Bumble’s collection of tutu sets and capes outfits the whimsically minded, and a large collection of toys, books, and dolls makes for a great kid-distracter while the earthworm habitat is served an eviction notice.
With art degrees from the University of South Carolina, Tom Lockart and Mark Woodham teamed up to found One Eared Cow Glass, a glass-working studio and gallery. The duo started out in a rent-free Bishopville barn, according to Columbia Living, and named their enterprise after a carved wooden cow’s head that was nailed to the door. Much like Mike Tyson’s teddy bear, the cow had only one ear.
Today, at their studio location in downtown Columbia, Lockart and Woodham host live demos throughout the week. During these demos, the pair shape molten glass—which can heat up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit—into the translucent artwork that lines their gallery’s shelves. Their work ranges from vases to birdfeeders, though they specialize in indoor and outdoor light fixtures.
Longtime Columbia resident Chris Moseley opened his Play It Again Sports store in 1997, eventually earning his parent company's Gold Standard Seal for exemplary customer service and for the quality and range of his inventory. The shop's revolving selection outfits athletes of all persuasions with protective apparel and appropriate gear. Cleats, mitts, and baseball bats fill shelves, along with golf clubs and lacrosse sticks. Moseley's shop also supports waterborne sports, such as kayaking and chasing mermaids, as well as wintertime pursuits, such as skiing and chasing snowmen. Exercise equipment such as weights, kettlebells, and treadmills also helps keep bodies in good health.