Founder Patrick Willard keeps the gym open to everyone and leads a team of nationally certified fitness experts to teach everything from Zumba to martial arts and yoga. Trainers motivate clients during small-group boot camps, swift 30-minute circuit-training classes, or one-on-one training sessions. Nutrition seminars supplement the sweating by preventing budding bodybuilders from undermining their gains by falling prey to unhealthy diets of cement sandwiches.
Fifth Season Gardening specializes in hydroponics, homebrewing, and organic gardening. Complete hydroponic systems can help hobbyists grow plants in any type of environment, and organic gardening supplies such as fertilizer and composters can maximize produce yields. Customers may also browse a wide selection of urban D.I.Y. products. Aside from serving as a go-to spot for garden items, Fifth Season Gardening boasts must-have supplies for homebrewers of all skill levels, from fresh hops and yeast, to cleaning accoutrements and educational books.
America’s Mattress of the Carolinas' show rooms brim with plush, pillow-top, and memory-foam mattresses that vary in firmness and coil structure to help any sleeper find a match. The staff invites clients to try out a nap or enchanted slumber upon one of the store's own brand of budget-friendly mattresses. The selection also includes Tempur-Pedic models and Serta models, such as the iComfort with gel-infused memory foam.
To accessorize their purchases, clients can peruse a selection of bedroom furnishings, memory-foam pillows, and mattress protectors that seal in a mattress's naturally smoky flavor. Clients can enlist the store's staff to help haul away old bedding and set up new purchases.
Mattress Source's knowledgeable staff pairs customers with one of a wide selection of firm and flexible beds that augment deeper slumbers. Sealy luxury firm mattresses ($449.99+) allays stressful nights by supplying supple support, manufacturers' warranties, and a cache of warm kittens to rest at the end of each bed. Silk woven jersey knit surrounds a layer of memory foam on the Stearns & Foster x-firm mattress, which gently pillows joint pain and absorbs excess body heat ($1,219.99+). At 26 Charlotte-area showrooms, shoppers can take inventory of each mattress' aptitude in hypnosis or chat with affable staff members about desired levels of firmness.
The olive lovers at Midtown Olive Press import more than 50 types of small-batch, flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars and dole out samples from tasting bars. The staff corks, seals, and whispers encouraging soliloquies to each flavor, pouring aromatic wild-mushroom-and-sage olive oil ($10 for a small; $14.99 for a medium; $26.99 for a large) into bottles or presenting guests with blood-orange olive oil infused with whole-pressed fruits ($11 for a small; $16.99 for a medium; $29.99 for a large). Fruity balsamic vinegars infuse dishes with crisp flavors and subtle sweetness, and champagne balsamic ($10 for a small; $14.99 for a medium; $26.99 for a large) blends french-champagne vinegar with traditional balsamic from Modena, Italy to create an ideal toast for a seafood dish's debutante debut. Kitchen accessories and gourmet goods also line the shop's shelves, such as imported pastas ($7.95–$9.50) and savory seasonings. Shoppers can also explore a selection of chocolate bark infused with citrus olive oil or peruse treats such as Next Organics banana coins, smothered in dark chocolate ($6.95), to reward hard-working tongues or bribe a monkey to wear a fedora.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from Coaster, Forbidden City, Harden, Sealy, Old Town Imports, and other top brands help customers capture the furniture species of their choice sans long waiting periods. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid hardwood Leonardo bed ($347–$516), backed by a strong, modern headboard the color of morning espresso but the flavor of tufted upholstery. Taking home a Davenport nightstand ($125) means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills.