Artist and fashion designer Stuart McClean was born on the Caribbean island of Trinidad, where his lifelong devotion to creation began during childhood under the artistically trained eye of his mother. Today, after years of crisscrossing the United States, Stuart has left a multi-colored mark on Inman Park with the gallery that carries his name. Outfitted with a large collection of bright, feel-good pieces, including canvases, photography, and sculptures, the gallery reflects Stuart's Caribbean roots, alluring visitors to browse its vibrant gems amid an atmosphere that is warmer than a bear hug from a grizzly bear in a teddy-bear costume. Works from world-renowned artists snake along the walls and even lead to a second story, which is actually a dark, wooden balcony that wraps around the gallery and pours elevated views of the first floor into meandering eyes. In addition to general browsing, the gallery can also be rented out for weddings, parties, and fundraisers throughout the year.
Sit 'n Sleep's friendly staff of sleep consultants take slumber seriously, spending months to learn the ins and outs of sleep health, mattress selection, and customer service. With their extensive expertise, these wink whisperers help snoozers find the perfect person-size pillow on which to repose or languidly mispronounce French poetry; choose from a panoply of twin, full, queen, king, and Cal king varietals. Guests can find restful vibes manifested in a bevy of mattress brands, from Sealy to Simmons, and types, from memory foam to latex.
The brightest objects inside Ranel Parks' frame shop are the frames themselves. The Athens Framing Gallery showroom is dark, the shop in the back coated in dust. There are more dogs - the big ones are friendly enough, but that little dachshund will bite - than customers hanging around. The whole atmosphere, much like Parks himself, is so unassuming. You'd never guess that six- and seven-figure art passes through these walls. But when millionaire stars like Ted Turner, Elton John and Faith Hill want something framed, they often turn to Parks.
Carol’s Linens showcases textile-based design ideas for every room in the house. Inspiration-seeking homeowners can take cues from 25 different bedroom design concepts, picking up bedding ($99–$3,500), curtains ($29.99–$699.99), and rugs ($39.99–$6,000) to soak up leaks in their new houseboats or wave majestically from their new house planes. Fourteen elaborate tabletop displays show off vibrant placemats ($8.99–$59.99), napkins ($6.99–$29.99), and napkin rings ($3.99–$39.99), and once drab living rooms get injections of light via lamps ($79.99–$499.99) and colorful framed artwork ($59.99–$599.99). Culling its wares from top-notch brands such as Wilkinson, Tag, and Soft Line, Carol's indoor accouterments also outfit bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kids' rooms.
A massive collection of stylish adornments at warehouse prices, Decorating Mart packs more than 10,000 pieces of furniture (starting at $79.88), accessories (starting at $5.99), fabrics (starting at $4 per yard), and more into 50,000 square feet of décor decadence. Untamed, overstocked pieces from major manufacturers make Decorating Mart a temporary depot until loving buyers convince them to settle down. Browse armoires, bedroom and dining sets, and accent pieces in traditional and transitional styles to complete too-bare rooms, or purchase fine fabrics from top makers to reupholster chairs damaged by persistent rhinestone-jacket crazes. Decorating Mart also stocks a large selection of wallpapers and borders and can special order more styles from its library of hundreds of sample books.
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.