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.
Story Time For Me beams interactive picture books directly into toddlers and elementary school children via the magical Internet. Widened eyes can read at their own pace while illustrations come to life with animation, music, and sound effects—sharpening reading and cognitive skills into sharp number two brain pencils. Each story is enhanced with narration read by professional actors who infuse grade-A excitement and drama into wholesome stories containing socially relevant themes that range from taking care of pets to saving the environment. Children follow along as words are highlighted on screen. Clicking on difficult words will cause the narrator to repeat that word again. Each story concludes with discussion questions that inspire conversation and spark imagination candles inside human jack-o-lanterns. Story Time For Me always adds more stories so that kids can stay up on the latest adventures of characters such as Fern the Fox, Ben the Mouse, and Flame the Dragon without subscribing to their inane Twitter feeds.
If you ask them for a job description, the guides at Gulf Coast Charters aren't likely to mince words. "We catch fish" is the company motto here, and that remains the mission day after day as their 22-foot Offshore boat heads out in search of speckled trout, flounder, redfish, and other species. Gulf Coast Charters' customized charters come with everything necessary to pull a prize catch from the water, including rods, bait, and fishing licenses.
Inside the brightly-lit confines of Fat Cat Art Cafe, shelves brim with bare-bisque pieces in the form of plates, mugs, and bowls. Visitors wield non-toxic, lead-free glazes and paints, embellishing items with designs such as flowers, abstract squiggles, or a squirrel's handprint before accommodating staff members fire the pieces, readying them for everyday use. Not just a paint-your-own pottery studio, Fat Cat Art Cafe offers specialty sessions such as Clay Day, where participants learn to make their own pottery pieces, and summer camps, where campers delve into daylong or weeklong projects such as creating a mosaic plaque, building flower pots out of clay coils, and making clay jars to store one?s nosehairs.
Apple Annie’s bright, spring-green walls accentuate pristine white shelves lined with candles, gourmet foods, jewelry, and gifts. Shortbread lemon straws($1.95–$21.95) infused with tart flavor come dusted in powdered sugar to track the fingerprints of pilfering refrigerator repairmen, while hot-pepper raspberry preserves strike the perfect balance between spicy and sweet ($8.95). Candles ($10–$30) in numerous sizes and scents cast a rustic light in homes and a modern aesthetic in dank caves. Apple Annie’s line of Waxing Poetic jewelry drapes delicate charms across skin real estate with unique and intricate necklaces ($33.95+). Tote morning java in an insulated travel mug in silver or black with pale pink accents and personalized with elegantly lettered initials ($16.95). Apple Annie’s also spruces up presents with free gift-wrapping.
Quick Quakes whips up protein-infused smoothies for time-strapped, nutrient-needing civilians. Under the leadership of a smooth and health-savvy owner, the staff concocts drinks designed with energy, nutrition, and satiation in mind. Their menu is extensive; standard Quakes ($3-$6) come in 30 flavors as varied as chocolate peanut-butter cup and strawberry banana. Specialty Quakes ($5-$7) traverse many of the food-pyramid compartments and include options such as the pre-workout Foreshock Quake and the post-perspiration Aftershock Quake. Patrons can take it to the next level with protein, caffeine, fiber, or vitamin C add-ons ($0.30+ each) or scale back by ordering any drink sugar-free.