Camp Gladiator founder Ally Davidson’s childhood obsession with the outdoors and sports led her to pursue a degree in exercise physiology. After her 2008 win on the TV show American Gladiators, Ally decided to share her love of fitness with the world at large. Camp Gladiator reflects Ally's passion for fitness in its mission, which espouses their desire "to positively impact the physical fitness and ultimately the lives of as many people as possible." Her boot camps have since expanded to 13 U.S. cities, with each hosting multiple training locales. The upbeat staff of certified trainers lead patrons of all ages and fitness levels through four-week outdoor boot camps, earning Camp Gladiator a Hot Spot title from Women's Health magazine's Fitness Awards in 2013, Best Boot Camp from Rare magazine in 2010, Best of Big D 2010–2013 from D magazine, and Best Outdoor Boot Camp 2012 from Austin Fit magazine.
Browsing the spacious showrooms at Heritage Furniture Galleries’ two locations truly ignites the imagination to start thinking about what your living room or bedroom could look like. Throughout the space, sofas, sectionals, bedroom sets, and tables crafted by brands such as Coaster, Ashley, and Broyhill sit in cozy arrangements. Shoppers can mentally place a new couch in their family room and choose which beanie-baby portraits to display on nesting coffee tables. The helpful staff can come up with decorating ideas and suggest pieces to suit any aesthetic, whether contemporary or traditional, masculine or feminine.
Real Deals Home Décor is an affordable home accessory, furniture, and decoration emporium. Due to the limited hours and nondescript exterior, shopping at Real Deals feels as exciting as finding an unlit firework in a bale of hay. Inside, accessories including picture frames ($12.68) and metal wall art (from $8.99) are stylishly arranged on tables and in groupings around the store. If you're in need of shopping navigational aid, the Real Deals staff can assist by pointing you toward 24-inch clocks (from $29.99) and a wide variety of smaller home accents such as ceramic chickens ($15.71). Real Deals Home Décor also sells larger furniture items and Downeast clothing, so self-esteem is not overpowered by the newly abundant vanload of home esteem.
As an authorized dealer of Simply Amish, Woodbine sources its stock of contemporary, Arts and Crafts, and traditional home furnishings from a network of Amish wood shops that still cut, shape, sand, and strain each piece of lumber by hand. They can customize each piece's wood, style, finish, and size, or gander at a customer's sketch for a king-size racecar bed and provide a quote. Roughly 8–12 weeks after first receiving the order, each Amish craftsman inscribes his signature and your name into the finished piece's solid hardwood, which ranges from red oak to soft maple to quartersawn white oak. As a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Woodbine subscribes to an eco-friendly mindset by limiting wasted materials and using certified CARB-compliant plywood for the backing of cased goods.
Surrounded by a floral moat, Landscape Systems of Texas is an emerald fortress smattered with bright petals. Flats bolster annual, perennial, and tropical bedding plants. The grounds are flanked by ornamental shrubs and trees, which are available for purchase or to rent for occasions such as garden parties and battle-to-the-death croquet matches. The staff also drops in on homes and offices to custom-manicure lawns and design irrigation and drainage systems.
At more than 1,000 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.