Owner of The Paper Trail and avid crafter Karen has made paper her medium of choice for more than a decade. Why? Because “scrapbooking is all about leaving a paper trail of you…what we have done, who we are,” she writes on her welcome page. Not only do Karen and her staff supply patrons with the goods to leave their own trail––from patterned paper and albums to pearls and rhinestones for embellishing crafts or friends while they sleep––but also the techniques. Through regular classes and events such as scrapping parties, they teach the art of cropping, crafting cards and scrapbooks, and even building photo albums from scratch. They also create invitations and cards or custom albums for customers.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s wondrous warehouse. Pick up a Matrix accent chair ($199) in a bevy of academic hues, such as scarlet, black, and chocolate brown, then use it to accent your next book club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. A Cubit ottoman with a flip top ($99) comes paired for two potential sets of weary feet. Augment somnolence and fill the skeletal squares of empty bed frames with mattress sets from household brands such as Sealy and Tempur-pedic starting at $299.
My Back Porch rewards deal-seekers by stocking gently used garments, accessories, and shoes from well-known brands, all of which undergo a thorough selection process to ensure they're in near-pristine condition. The shop invites leisurely browsing with its cheerful red and yellow walls and bright lighting, which illuminates the Ralph Lauren and Hollister tags peeking from shirt collars and the stitched names of Coach and Vera Bradley emblazoned across purse linings. Glass jewelry counters glint with a collection of earrings and necklaces, and leopard-print chairs face racks of shoes, beckoning guests to sit and ponder which pair of heels would work best for aerating their lawns.
Family owned and operated since 1934, Stephens Ace Hardware aids the domicile-development needs of professional handymen and fledgling fabricators alike, offering a range of practical products from gardening gear to Benjamin Moore paint. Prospective Tim Taylors can pick up a 10-piece combo wrench set ($4.99) to firmly hammer nuts and bolts into a wall or seize a heavy-duty Craftsman LED flashlight ($19.99), which is useful for finding the source of night noises in poorly lit nooks and crannies. Sunflower bird seed ($15.99 for 20 lbs.) and Scotts Lawn Pro Super Turf Builder lawn fertilizer ($15.99) help attract the proper flora and fauna to yards; homeowners can also supplement their abode with an array of pet supplies and toys (many under $20) and feed 21st-century coffee robots with cute Keurig K-Cups ($10.49) ready to be popped into their mechanical counterparts.
Sleep 123 puts fence-hopping sheep to rest with a variety of comfy mattress models by Serta and Corsicana. When sleepyheads walk in the door, they''ll be greeted by staff members who provide instruction in the fundamentals of mattress and bed choices. A Serta Vera Wang Plush queen set ($799) cradles sleepers in softness while keeping them near the bed’s support system and eschewing additional layers of upholstery. Budget-conscious monarchies can turn to queen economy pillowtop sets ($399), and the Corsicana line treats dream-seekers to the 12-inch Canterbury pillowtop, a thick, foam-encased mattress crafted from 567 pocket springs and 398 cloud fibers ($599–$799).
At The Mattress Capital, a knowledgeable staff of salespeople guides visitors through firm or downy mattresses that are all eager to go home and snuggle up to their new owners' slumbering forms. Guests consult with staff members before receiving a personalized tour as salespeople demonstrate the knowledge they gleaned by training one-on-one with experts until they knew each mattress like a horse trainer knows sugar-cube melting points. All of the store's mattresses, including brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Simmons, come with a 90-day comfort guarantee.