During the past 30 years, Charlsie?s Catering and Cakes' team of gourmet confectioners have funneled their joy of baking into every dessert, crafting handmade cakes, cookie bouquets, and cupcakes with fresh, creative ingredients. Bakers can design custom creations to match any event's theme, allowing newlyweds to dish out pieces of decadent flower-laden tiers or birthday celebrators to share slices of their newfound spirit animals. Skilled confectioners also merge top-quality ingredients into dessert bars and more than 25 flavors of gourmet cupcakes.
Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Sydney accent chairs command shoppers’ attention with woody legwork, while minimalistic Cubit ottoman sets do captivating belly dances to bedazzle bored sultans. Matrix accent chairs, sofas such as the Victory chocolate sectional ($699), and beds including the Keytown panel bed ($499 queen) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.