Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses, stimulating the local green economy while making green materials more affordable and accessible. Staff members passionate about responsible consumerism often help customers interested in repurposing and refinishing items. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
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.
Stained Glass Learning Center's sand-melting experts demystify the art of custom glasswork during their beginners' classes, which enlighten glass-manipulating newbies with stained-glass basics, preparing them for the more challenging novice workshop, where they can embark on guided projects of their choosing. Stained Glass Learning Center's schedule of class times varies based on location and Nostradamus's predictions.
The Sleep Better Store's bedding specialists help customers select the ideal cushioning for extended catnaps and brief hibernations. The extensive inventory includes slumber systems by Sealy, Serta, AngelBeds, and The Sleep Better Store’s own brand. Customers can peruse memory-foam mattresses by AngelBeds ($599+), as well as The Sleep Better Store's Number Series adjustable-firmness air sleep mattresses ($499+), which are designed to provide extra comfort by granting customers a feeling known only to those who have slept on the wings of a wild zephyr. The vulcanized air chambers and cross-directional baffles of each Number Bed adjust to the comfort desires of each sleeper through individualized control settings, which dictate the flow of the whisper-quiet digital pump.