Sleep Outfitters' savvy sleep experts help slumber lovers find peaceful shuteye with a wide selection of name brand mattresses. Adroit sleep Sherpas lead bedtime cravers round the mountains of Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses, pausing to take in cushions of solid foam, bouncing innersprings, and a conspicuous lack of "Smoke On the Water" beds. Rest your noggin on a Serta Memory Foam queen-size mattress set ($597), or repose your tired torso on a Simmons Beautyrest Classic Plush queen-size mattress set ($1,199). Once somnolent souls have selected a mattress on which to paint their dreamscapes, they can opt into Sleep Outfitters' five-star delivery service, where burly mattress gods deliver and set up mattresses and remove old bedding. Indecisive catnappers enjoy the comforts of the 30-night comfort guarantee that permits two fortnights in which to decide if the right choice was made, ensuring hibernating humans won't be left with nightmares starring jilted futons and vengeful box springs.
Ace Hardware stockpiles a bevy of tools, lawn and garden accouterments, housewares, and other handy items at two local, independently owned storefronts. While merchandise varies by store, customers encounter items such as a Cooper Lighting halogen work light ($17.99) to illuminate outdoor projects or a DeWalt two-in-one power-tool tote for carrying mighty drills or escape-prone tape measures. The eminently wieldable Dremel rotary-tool kit ($49.99) comes complete with two speeds and 15 accessories, and the Wen electric engraver ($18.99) makes a fitting gift for artistic loved ones or meticulous housecats practicing their calligraphy skills.
Currently nominated for Best Bookstore in a WHAS11.com reader’s poll, Karen's Book Barn and its literary-obsessed staff facilitates book buying with its inventory of more than 30,000 publications. Novel-worms can feed thirsty brains with Karen’s both new and used books (books range from $0.50 to $25). Study Java Stop's menu and its caffeinated concoctions, from a cup of its locally roasted Java Brewing Company coffee to its large café au lait ($3.45). Readers can relax with their steamy cup of java while skimming some of the shop’s newer additions, including Toni Toney's The Eco Diet or Jim Miller's WWII story Counter Intelligence. Cure television tedium with a science-fiction epic, an historical tome, or by hiding your TV under a pile of books with today’s Groupon to Karen’s Book Barn & Java Shop.
Lexington Overstock bedecks every room of the house with an emporium of craftsman-quality furnishings. Chic padded barstools elevate four-person eating squads in an Aaron dining set ($225), and an antiqued cherry British Old World map writing desk inlaid with an old-world map ($258) insists that Columbus was right all along. Bedroom sets such as the Coventry Cannonball ($68–$998) accessorize dreams with solid wood. Living-room residents can imagine themselves on the open range thanks to the rich nail-head accents on a Ranger-Canyon recliner ($398), before bedtime beckons from an Ashley Sleep memory-foam mattress ($448+), which evokes billowy sheep bred for counting with a fluffy mix of synthetic and all-natural stuffing.
Owned and operated by horticultural experts Russell and Lyn Madison, Proper Plants' greenhouses greet visitors with more than 125 annuals ($1.10+/pack), more than 150 varieties of hanging baskets ($8+), and a plethora of other herbaceous offerings. Those who like edible beauty but dislike the time it takes to make Brad Pitt–shaped lasagna can browse the tomatoes, eggplants, and 85 varieties of vegetables, which come in small pots for short-term storage ($.95+) or nursery cans to keep them warm before the start of spring ($6.50/2.5 qt. can). Proper Plants also packs potted plants such as geraniums, verbena, and various herbs ($2.90+). The practiced staff can help DIY soil workers arrange their own hanging basket or answer any questions on crop placement or garden-gnome disciplinary techniques. Rather than use pesticides, Proper Plants uses biological controls, such as predator insects, on plants.