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.
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.
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).
Linda and her daughter Ariana scour wholesale gift markets and fine estate sales across the country, hunting for one-of-a-kind antiques and whimsical gifts. They pack their cheerful boutique with their finds, lining shelves with colorful ceramics, intricate frames, and plush decorative pillows. Their ever-changing stock includes bodycare products, jewelry, and keepsake boxes from unique designers, as well as jewelry.
Established in 2000, Ken's Korny Corn Maze presents an autumn playground where families converge every year for full days of exercise, learning, and fun. As the centerpiece of the property, the 6-acre corn maze snakes visitors through 2.5 miles of trails that take months to design and construct. Burrowed into the stalks are rest areas that provide trekkers with benches and water coolers, and checkpoints track how long groups spend in the maze so they aren't slowed by having to drag cumbersome grandfather clocks behind them. Hasty escapes from the maze's twisting paths leave plenty of time to check out other family-friendly attractions, including an 8,000-square-foot rope maze, a mini-golf course, and hayrides.