Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
Under the watchful and creative eyes of husband-and-wife team Sean and Claire Ladd, 1-800 Flowers Jacksonville's talented staff arranges fresh flowers from around the world into beautiful bouquets suited to any occasion or setting. The florists work closely with patrons to bundle bouquets to exact specifications. Shipments of flowers arrive at least twice each week at the store's two locations in the talons of ginormous eagles, and new arrangements are nestled alongside gifts such as gourmet baskets, live plants, and silk arrangements.
The specialists at Mr. Frame It take pride in preserving and enhancing memories in all of their physical embodiments—from artworks and photographs to prized sports souvenirs. They draw on more than 1,000 samples from brands such as Larson-Juhl to create custom frames that either serve as focal points or blend in with room decor. In addition to encasing children’s artwork and family portraits, the staff stretches canvases, mounts mirrors, and builds shadow boxes to house awards and first-edition time-share brochures.
Lina M.'s natural, handmade soaps, soaks, salts, scrubs, and creams are whipped up weekly in small batches to ensure that skin-parched patrons receive the freshest products possible. Products tickle the nose's tongue's taste buds with light aromatics such as Oasis, a clean, summery fragrance, or signature scent Lina, a feminine bouquet of wisteria and lilac. The healthful bath brigade includes a 4-ounce honey and crème bath and facial bar made with goat's milk, oatmeal, natural raw honey, shea butter, and olive and aloe vera oil ($7) to moisturize a whole soul-sack from top to toe, whereas 1-ounce Shea to Go travel tins provide easy access to concentrated dollops of creamy African shea butter for scratchy, dry patches. Like a spork, the mineral bubble bath salt ($7) combines the form and function of two essential wares—the skin-softening salt soak and the frothy, prophetic nature of a cauldron's worth of bubble bath. With all items at $7.98 or less, Lina M.'s brand of wholesome luxury is as affordable as it is indulgent.
The slumber scientists at America's Mattress provide visitors with the springy equipment necessary for horizontal expeditions into the unconscious. The America's Mattress Country Breeze Plush ($364+) combines the support of springs with cushy layers of foam to cradle snoozers in soft comfort, while the Serta Perfect Sleeper Marengo Firm ($649+) holds slouchy spines in place with foam and a quilted top. Transform torpor into restfulness with America's Mattress Tulipwood Plush's soothing memory foam ($464+), which can provide balanced support and remembers important dreams so they can be analyzed later for clues to kitchen candy stashes. Customers receive free delivery, setup, and removal for mattress sets priced at $699 or more.
During the property-cleanup service, professional lawn doctors at Laurel Crest mow grass, edge hard and soft surface areas, cut down and spray weeds, and trim any hedges and shrubs. In order to ensure clients become life-long customers, staff members devoted to customer service listen to each person's needs during every job, post free money-saving maintenance tips on Laurel Crest's Facebook page, and serenade homeowners with a full mariachi band. Before the team rolls out, they make sure to clear loose debris, which includes air-blasting driveways and parking spots, and removing trimmings.