Ben's Brands for Less houses a selection of overstocked name-brand home furnishings and mattresses at discounted prices. Household relaxation units from Simmons, Lane, and Broyhill complement any style or space, from art-deco dining rooms to children's bedrooms to ornate home mission-control centers. Dads can stage rest-offs on a dual reclining sofa ($499+) or survey a den outfitted with an entertainment center ($149+) and Simmons leather rocker recliner ($349+). Restless hibernators can return to goodnightliness with Ben's compendium of Beautyrest and Southern Cross slumber chariots. Affix frames with a Southern Cross luxury firm mattress ($248–$548) or a Simmons Harley plush mattress ($398–$798) to soften dreamscapes.
Kathy Antar opened The Sewing Studio planning to provide sewing services for design professionals and event producers, but was soon flooded with phone calls and emails from people who simply wanted to know how to use their sewing machines. To meet that need, The Sewing Studio began to offer a selection of beginner, intermediate, and advanced sewing classes. During each 2.5-hour session, students learn how to thread machines, wind the bobbin, and practice various stitches using their own machines. In addition to classes, Kathy custom-designs furniture upholstery, bedding, and window coverings and supplies expert design-consultation services, which can transform a client's dream design into a tactile reality.
Mattress Choice's sleep specialists take the time to educate guests as they lead them on tours through a showroom stocked with more than 30 models. They explain the technology and benefits of each mattress to guests who lie on as many mattresses needed until they find the comfiest fit. Familiar brand names such as Simmons Beautyrest and ComforPedic make up the showroom’s roster. A stockpile of accessories provisions sleepers with other necessary items—frames, Tempur-Pedic pillows—that pile atop already-snug mattresses to make them even more comfortable after long sleepwalks or sleep break dancing.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
All Fired Up!'s homey studio invites artists of all ages to participate in kiln-fired activities. Whether perusing the shelves laden with blank pottery or cutting and arranging colored glass to design their own plate, visitors get the chance to create personalized mementos and dishware. Classes let students try their hands at a pottery wheel, and kids' parties keep birthday guests distracted with painting while their parents wrap last-minute gifts.