Her name is Lisa Ryan, but everyone calls her Matty––an appropriate nickname considering she's the all-knowing force behind Matty's Mattress Warehouse. "I'm it!" she says with a proud laugh. "I move every one of the mattresses, talk to every person about their needs. Just me and a guy with a truck." She's a big fan of the more intimate service she can provide in her own store, especially after having managed huge retail chains. "I used to do furniture––always problems. Here, it's low overhead. Low hassle." And for Matty's customers, that also means lower cost. About 60% of Matty's business comes from referrals, so there's clearly something enchanting about her process. When asked what brings people in the doors—whether it's word of mouth or high-powered magnets—her response is quick. "What's not to love? You come in, get a new bed, you go home, and you sleep well." Her warehouse boasts a wide selection of mattresses ranging from Easy Sleep pillow-tops to orthopedic styles from Spring Air, but the pride of her showroom is the popular Bed Boss brand. These mattresses are forged from elastic memory foam that's infused with heat-dissipating, sustainable bamboo fibers, and they cost about one-third as much as similar mattresses from competing brands. Though Matty loves helping clients find a perfect mattress, the moments she cherishes the most are those when her mattresses become a game changer, when they really make a difference in a customer's life. "There was a guy who had back surgery," she explains. "He hadn't slept well in 18 months––been to the doc for insomnia. Sold him a mattress and he came back a week later. He was elated. It was really validating."
From floor to ceiling, the shelves of Crack'd Pot are lined with possibilities. There, more than 500 shapes of raw ceramic bisques are ripe for the picking. Available in 10 different categories, varieties range from dinnerware and necklaces to cookie jars. The studio's collection of glazes, available in a myriad of hues, matches the depth of the selection of provided brushes, sponges, and stamps. The staff allows guests to take as much time as they'd like to use these tools in creating their pieces—guests pay a flat fee rather than an hourly or lightyearly fee. Finished products are ready in approximately a week—glazed and fired by the staff—which makes all pieces food-safe.
Z Home Furnishings enlivens drab spaces with fashionable living-room and bedroom sets and colorful home decor. Original oil paintings and folksy, art-covered planks adorn walls with charming landscapes and slogans, and custom-upholstery services breathe new life into worn or outdated chairs. Individual pieces and complete furniture sets from renowned brands such as Coaster, Distinction Leather, and Paladin gussy up interiors, and the store’s online room planner allows customers to preplan their living arrangements without hauling heavy sofas or herding unruly flocks of ottomans.
The professionals at MosquitoNix ensure that backyard parties, picnics, and barbecues remain human-only affairs via one-time fogging applications and custom-designed, permanent misting systems. Permanent systems mist properties three to four times a day from nozzles around the perimeter of the house that are hidden so mosquitoes can't find them and clog them with chewing gum. Their solutions effectively eliminate mosquitoes with a mix of pyrethrum, permethrin, essential oils, and other active ingredients.