Mattress King's wide selection of mattresses from well-known brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Embody, and Stearns & Foster run the firmness and texture gamut, giving sleepers of all shapes and sizes a shot at a good night's rest. Sealy's Posturepedic queen-sized Spirited supports dreamers with a comfortable durability ($409 for the mattress, $699 for the set). Dozers with a penchant for luxurious expediency snooze on the Stearns & Foster Bradenburg queen-sized bed, which lends backsides a plush surface and a patient ear as they complain about lousy desk chairs ($719 for the mattress, $1,169.10 for the set), or opt to bounce to another to decide which size fits the mold.
The National Animal Control Association–certified staff at Planet Doggiewood utilize specialty pet-care products and state-of-the-art equipment such as waist-high tubs with gentle restraints, vet-grade disinfectants, and temperature-controlled water for grooming and bathing services. Those who wish to give their nonhuman best friend a quick bath outside the delicate confines of their Faberge-egg-stocked home can opt for the self-service pet wash (a $12 value), which leaves the cleanup to Planet Doggiewood's merry band of dog and cat whisperers. Precise handheld sprayers as well as aprons and sleeve protectors help owners stay dry, and tearless shampoos and conditioners moisten pet pelts without discomfort or awkwardly emotional moments. DIY villus revamping can be executed with professional grooming equipment such as a grooming table, pet-specific brushes and combs, and a high-velocity dryer.
Declared a 2011 finalist for the area's Best Mattress Store by readers of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Mattress Outlet has culled an extensive arsenal of mattresses from top-brand manufacturers for more than 30 years. At eight locally owned locations throughout the Tennessee Valley, its knowledgeable staffers navigate showrooms that brim with cushy memory-foam slumbering surfaces from brands such as Serta and Tempur-Pedic. The staff procures the store's inventory from top manufacturers, who have partnered with Mattress Outlet for years, working to keep the prices affordable and to ensure no under-the-bed monsters are damaged during travel.
Flicko's brings analog media kicking and screaming into the modern age with high-tech digitization services. Media handlers transfer video and audio content contained on VHS, MiniDVs, records, and audiocassettes onto round digital discs. They transform photos, slides, and negatives into JPEG images on a data CD or DVD. With a 24-hour turnaround time for many orders, memories are speedily preserved until the inevitable day when DVDs are replaced by high-resolution cave drawings.
Grafe Studio's efflorescence features flowers and greenery for all occasions, radiating a kaleidoscope of sense-pleasing scents and colors that owners Dennis and Betsy Grafe can help budding floral artists sculpt into pupil-pleasing arrangements. With blossoms flown in from South America, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands, and regional bloom harvesters, the staff of well-trained floral designers is on hand to advise do-it-yourselfers assembling their own arrangements. Dennis and Betsy offer a schedule of varied Monday-night floral-design classes from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The experienced florists provision up to 20 attendees with the necessary adornments to fashion hand-tied bouquets, extra-tall centerpieces, St. Patrick’s−themed blooms, or artfully arranged lilies to dress up mantels or the insides of trained alligators' maws.
Collective Clothing's intrepid owners Travis and Sondra Aten travel the Midwest in search of vintage items to pair with resale pieces for a diverse collection of T-shirts, coats, and women's wear that echoes every modern era. The boutique's brood of sparkly logo T-shirts (about $8) complement shiny owl jewelry (about $7) or leopard-print scarves. Don well-worn pairs of used cowboy boots ($40+) or rotating looks by brands such as 7 For All Mankind, Free People, LaCoste, Penguin, and American Apparel. At the shop's $5-or-less show space, regal marblesque busts of famous composers, including Wagner and Liszt, await strong arms to cart them home to a mantel or the neighbor's bedroom closet.
At Direct Tools Factory Outlet, power tools, outdoor equipment, and floor-care products flaunt the titles of major manufacturers such as Ryobi Power Tools, Homelite, and Hoover. Patrons can peruse the emporium's towering displays for discounted, reconditioned items, such as a Ryobi One+ right-angle drill ($55.99). Customers can liberate rugs from the remnants of a balding chia pet with a Dirt Devil pet hand vac ($39.99) or employ the rotating blades of a reconditioned electric saw ($44.99) to effortlessly cut wood for a tree house. Products at Direct Tools Factory Outlet carry a minimum 1-year warranty, and knowledgeable staffers are available to answer questions and guide customers through the inventory like a Sherpa guiding lost travelers through the plotlines of M.A.S.H.