A row of gleaming handles awaits customers at 32 Degrees, with each serving station unleashing a unique flavor of frozen yogurt tasty enough to warrant press mentions from the Birmingham News and Oxford Sun. Guests peruse the frosty options, serving themselves swirls of nonfat treats such as orchard peach or no-sugar-added Tahitian vanilla. The meltable technicolor mountains can be topped with more than 50 options, including roasted almonds, fresh seasonal fruit, candies, cereals, and pieces of used gift cards. Flavors rotate frequently, allowing repeat customers to gradually work their way through more than 40 flavor possibilities.
Mattress King's wide selection of mattresses from well-known brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Embody, and Stearns & Foster run the firmness and texture gamut, giving sleepers of all shapes and sizes a shot at a good night's rest. Sealy's Posturepedic queen-sized Spirited supports dreamers with a comfortable durability ($409 for the mattress, $699 for the set). Dozers with a penchant for luxurious expediency snooze on the Stearns & Foster Bradenburg queen-sized bed, which lends backsides a plush surface and a patient ear as they complain about lousy desk chairs ($719 for the mattress, $1,169.10 for the set), or opt to bounce to another to decide which size fits the mold.
Recently big-upped in Southern Living, Seibels accessorizes cottages, ranch houses, and bare subterranean bunkers alike with a vast array of quaint, high-quality furnishings and gifts. Embroidered pillows such as the endearing Chocolate Lab hooked pillow ($79) make couches and hastily assembled barbed-wire hammocks feel even more comfortable, and vintage signage distinguishes domiciles from their standoffish surroundings with a customizable welcome posting ($45). Hickory steak knives ($79) stand up to sawing at even the toughest T-bones, and a lazy susan made from the top of an oak wine cask ($158) underscores family-style feasts with a vintner's insignia that—like the name Jason—renders it utterly unique in the world. The swinging bed ($1,995) can be set up inside or outside, allowing for a unique sleeping experience anywhere. Seibels’ friendly, knowledgeable staff helps customers determine the best way to furnish a den, as well as how the right lighting sconces can make a bedroom look less flooded with maple syrup.
Harmony Landing stocks an eclectic collection of casual home furnishings, looking both to the owner's traditional Kentucky roots and new home décor trends. Prospective decorators can peruse wood tables, sideboards, and consoles ($400+) with a range of surface finishes, or pick up a glowing lamp ($50+) to cast new light on neglected home offices or send unwelcome fruit-bat squatters packing. Shoppers can also apply this deal toward a larger purchase such as a chair ($700–$1500) or sofa ($1200+). Harmony Landing also boasts an array of gift items, ranging from springtime wreaths and jewelry to insulated to-go cups in eye-popping patterns.
Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
A black wrought-iron scroll accents a solid-wood headboard. A teak and wicker dining set transitions between indoor and outdoor dining. Sleek yet sturdy, these furnishings from C. Daniel Furniture are built with an eye toward longevity. The company bucks trends in favor of simple, utilitarian designs, and this philosophy also extends to its manufacturing practices. Carpenters strive to construct durable, long-lasting pieces, assembling them with solid brass and iron hardware and bolts, rather than staples. They forge many of the show room’s furnishings from acacia wood that’s free from MDF, veneer, and mystical woodland spirits. In addition to Old-World craftsmanship and high-quality materials, they further ensure satisfaction by meticulously inspecting each piece before it leaves the factory.