Big Tex Tree Nurseries grows and maintains an assortment of trees and plants ready to be picked out, delivered, and plopped in soil. The knowledgeable staff helps customers find outdoor furnishings ranging from 15-gallon trees (starting at $19.99) to box trees (starting at $79.99), ideal for creating natural shade or supporting one-half of a hammock. Lawn-lovers can also accent their yards with smaller ornaments such as shrubs (starting at $1.99) and flowers (starting at $1.99). Patrons trying to decorate their yard can work with Big Tex's staff to design an aesthetically pleasing pattern, and for an additional fee (varies upon location), customers can have their purchases delivered and planted in their yard or their neighbor's pool.
With its circle of cushy chairs and iron-wrought footstools, the sewing area at Sugar Land Yarn Company bears a striking resemblance to a pastoral living room, where yarns of all colors fill a bowl resting on the coffee table and cubbyholes lined along the walls. Shawls and scarves hang in display to inspire future knitting projects, and a library of patterns and manuals demonstrates various techniques, such as stringing together a baby sweater without bursting into tears of joy. The shop’s wool-wizards lead classes in a wide variety of topics, allowing beginners and experienced knitters to socialize as they create wearable and decorative soft goods.
For more than 25 years, Mom & Pop Tobacco Shop has catered to smoking enthusiasts with an inventory that ranges from cigarettes and fine cigars to herbal cigarettes and traditional pipes. Newlyweds, new fathers, and inventors of perpetual-motion machines can toast their good fortune with stogies crafted by famous manufacturers such as Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, and Vice. Lighters, tasteful ashtrays, and pipes round out the smoker’s ensemble, perfect for pairing with ruminations in front of the fireplace and wistful gazes out a rain-streaked window.
Using the fresh lavender grown on their own ranch, Craig and Dana Stewart share the aroma therapeutic benefits of their favorite scent with a line of lavender-infused household products. Each handmade bar of soap, jar of culinary rub, and soy candle boasts a generous helping of lavender oil or the raw herb itself, allowing the calming aroma to permeate homes.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Matrix Accent Chair ($219.99) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Sydney Accent Chair ($199.99) or Cubit ottoman set ($99.99) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities, while the Romy Accent Table Group consists of one cocktail and two end tables, creating a table cartel ruling over a home's Speed Quarters surface needs.
Play It Again Sports, a national franchise, hosts a sports-savvy staff that dedicates itself to providing growing athletes with new and used equipment from brands such as Easton, Rawlings, and Reebok. Shoppers can step up to bat with a cudgel from Easton ($19.99+) or pick up a frolfing disk ($3.99 used; $7.99 new) and never again waste an afternoon hammering golf balls flat. Play It Again Sports stocks its athletic arsenal with the help of its customers, offering buybacks for store credit, trade-ups for extra savings, and a lucrative bounty on baseballs saved from the maws of neighborhood dogs.