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.
If you have a tired room, Hues of Hughes Painting can give it a fresh coat of paint, literally and figuratively. The professionals paints houses inside and out, but also re-finish surfaces ranging from antique cabinets to fine wood. For added flourish, the team can apply faux finishes such as ragging to make walls look like they're made from marble, stone, or fresh meringue. And, for homes beset by rotting wood or damaged drywall, the workers can also handle all suitable repairs and replacements to make walls look good as new.
Part greenhouse and part craft shop, Fads & Frames stocks an abundance of supplies for DIY home decorating, gardening, and landscaping. The shop’s crafty staff fills shelves with bright ribbons, picture frames, and bins of silk flowers that attract groovy, disco-era bumblebees. A wide candle selection scents the store’s air with aromatic fruits, flowers, and spices. In the spring, a garden center blooms with annuals such as begonias, impatiens, and vinca, as well as Kimberly Queen porch ferns and Knock Out roses. While browsing blossoms, shoppers can also peruse a selection of French-inspired and rustic outdoor furniture.
The craftsmen at both Image Gallery Frame Shops pour more than 20 years of experience into each piece as they crown artwork, family photos, and precious mementos with traditional and eco-friendly mouldings. They combine these frames—many of which are harvested from managed and sustainable forests—with acid-free archival mats and conservation-quality glass to ensure memories withstand the test of time. Upon request, they can also use nonreflective museum glass to keep portraits from being startled by their own reflections.
In addition to custom framing, artisans stretch canvases, display three-dimensional objects in shadow boxes, and repair broken frames. When they aren't working in the shop, framers travel to customers' homes to assist with design needs and custom mirrors. For those with bare walls, an online gallery provides access to more than 3,300 images, which can be printed on paper or canvas and shipped for free to either shop for framing.
Round 'Da House's fully licensed and insured owner Mike Woodson gives personal attention to every wheezing central-air-conditioning system or befouled exteriors under his care. The A/C tune up starts with a thorough de-gunkifying of the outside condenser coil, allowing the machine to return to shrinking heat molecules and shipping them back to the sun from which they came. Then Round 'Da House's temperature technician will peruse the air conditioner's guts to check its Freon levels and pinpoint why it keeps broadcasting the sound waves of French soap operas. With the pressure-washing option, the house gets a refreshing motor-powered bath to enliven bleak-spirited bricks and sullied siding.
Since 1987 David Johnston has made his living capturing the complexity and emotion of everyday life, turning milestones—such as a new birth, a graduation, or a wedding—into a tangible touchstone that lasts forever. Though he first entertained his artistic passion by snapping photos of scenic landscapes, Johnston tired of the vistas devoid of living subjects, the panoramas free of warm smiles, and the meadows indifferent to the joy of high-school graduations and engagements. David’s photos—with subjects framed in a soft, almost dreamy level of contrast brought to life with tasteful splashes of color saturation—speak to his own appreciation for human connection and sense of community.