American Factory Direct Furniture’s Comeaux family elucidates the principles of style and value through a host of furnishings for every household room. Pieces from designers such as Hooker, Samuel Lawrence, and others migrate about the floor, reeling in eyes with a 60-day price guarantee. The Wisteria chairside end table by Ashley sports inlays of maple and cherry veneer over solid hardwood ($148.88), and Hillsdale Furniture's Dennery counter stools swivel from side to side, dazzling onlookers with their cherry and black finishes ($148.88). In the corner, a Lane Furniture rocker recliner ($398.88) and Lane Furniture leather stationary sofa ($898.88) quietly plot beneficent takeovers of living rooms. Dreaming of the day it will embrace a plasma television with its carved moldings, a towering Fairmont Designs wall unit ($1,498.88) proudly displays a plethora of cabinets and drawers in which to stash Blu-ray players, accessories, and the lost scrolls of ancient Alexandria.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
Mattress Direct and America's Mattress give somnambulant snoozers a place to rest weary heads with comfortable, supportive mattresses and sturdy box springs. Drift off on a Serta Perfect Sleeper, a mattress coaxing numbered lambs into soothing slumber for more than 75 years. Each mattress features an ultra-soft top and back-friendly firm springs below (twin mattresses start at $414, box springs start at $135). Couture catnappers can snag a Vera Wang mattress for a fashionable 40 winks, with the choice of traditional innerspring or all-foam models, all crafted with careful attention to detail and style (mattresses start at $689, box springs start at $160). Customers can catch Z’s on a luxurious iComfort mattress, a dream-deliverer constructed of memory foam and supportive gel to whisk heat and tension away from reposing bodies. Because the shop is offering a special on select twin mattresses ($79–$99 each), this Groupon can assist mattress misers in hoarding up to four beds-to-be or cushiony improvised sleds. All Serta mattresses also include a doze-defending warranty.
All Around The House's showrooms teem with 5,000 square feet of fine consignment furnishings, antiques, and a variety of works from local artists. Shoppers can wander amid antique and contemporary furniture pieces ($25+), selecting chairs, couches, and wardrobes to accent their homes or barricade front doors against persistent Girl Scout cookie salesmen. A variety of lamps ($10+) flood households with light, and the shops' exclusive Home Sweet Home soy candles ($10+) emit uplifting aromas. The stores also offer painting services to help clients enliven old furniture or paint over the Kiss lyrics they once sharpied onto their armoires. All Around The House showcases its wares seven days a week (the Mobile location is open only by appointment on Sundays), keeping its doors unlocked until 6 p.m. on weekdays and 5 p.m. on weekends.
At Twist Cupcakes, not only are the cake pops and frosting made from scratch, but so is the entire business. The locally owned and operated business pioneered Mobile's cupcake trade and continually strives to craft innovative pastries. Twist Cupcakes boast more than 70 flavors and rotate 15 different flavors daily, such as Caramel Macchiato, Cream Cheese Pound Cake and Chocolate Ganache. Cupcakes come in mini sizes or as cake pops, which can be enjoyed at weddings and baby showers or right there in the sunlit shop. Brightly patterned couches and small tables let shoppers sample their wares over a steaming cup of Serda’s Coffee.