The crisp scent of Robin Blue and native cedars and Carolina Sapphire evergreens wafts through the grounds of Red Barn U-Cut Christmas Tree Farm & Christmas Store. Visitors to the farm peruse the trees in search of the perfect specimen, and then take part in a time-honored holiday tradition of chopping it down. Customers can also head indoors to a 500-square-foot holiday store stocked with artificial trees, gift-wrapping supplies, ornaments, and lights.
The furniture arrangers at Family Furniture Leather Gallery stock all 12,000 square feet of their showroom with more than 100 different colors and styles of furniture spanning from contemporary leather sofas to traditional end tables. Casual end tables ($129+) accompany leather sofas ($999+) and leather chairs and ottomans ($599+), while lamps reveal walking obstacles such as a lurking roller skate or a discarded turkey sandwich ($69+). In-stock items such as leather reclining chairs ($599+) and leather sleeper sofas ($1,399+), both crafted with top-quality leather, are delivered within 72 business hours after purchasing. For the same price, customers are also able to design their own furniture items if in-stock items don’t cradle or envelope their bodies in the right fashion.
Mattress1One's immense inventory brims with top-quality slumbering surfaces from renowned brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Sealy, and Stearns & Foster. At multiple locations throughout Florida, knowledgeable staff members roam showrooms that brim with an array of mattresses forged from such materials as memory foam, high-tech innersprings, silk, and cashmere. They also curate an online Mattress 101 guide, which includes handy tips on selecting the ideal mattress size, keeping the mattress in tiptop shape, and mounting a rock-solid legal defense in case you accidentally rip the tags off.
Wood You, a member of the Unfinished Furniture Association, and its staff of timber traders have been selling real wood furniture since 1986. All of the customizable natural-wood furniture displayed in the 8,000-square-foot showroom can be stained, painted, or covered in Grey Poupon to suit any space. Occasional tables ($44–$179) add arboreal flair to living rooms, and dining chairs ($52–$99) support eating endeavors. Personalize your workstation with computer modular groupings or shield your TV from an aggressive animated DVD collection with an entertainment center ($199–$699). Information about lumber, stains, and finishing techniques are available for perusal on Wood You’s website.
The staff of Dr. Snooze has transformed the process of selecting the perfect mattress into a science. A pressure-imaging pad is placed between a customer and their potential mattress, creating a map of pressure points on a computer screen and suggesting whether or not the mattress would be a comfortable fit. Patrons can use this technology to narrow down their options in a storeroom cushioned with models by Simmons, Laura Ashley, and King Koil. The inventory includes all sizes—including extra-large lengths for hibernating ogres—and plush infrastructures boast everything from innerspring to memory foam. A selection of bedding and furniture for adults and kids completes bedroom makeovers.
The entirely local staff members are committed to keeping their neighbors happy, so they will match any competitor's lower price within 30 days of purchase. Once buyers choose a mattress, white-glove delivery service ensures the pristine condition of items and includes haul away of old mattresses or an unwelcome Sandman if needed.
Knox Nursery, Inc. started in 1962 on the Knox family's porch. Although the family-run nursery has grown to encompass more than 23 acres since then, the second-generation owners haven’t forgotten their humble beginnings, still emphasizing the down-home customer service that made the business what it is today. They and their staff lovingly harnesses the Floridian sunshine to produce plugs and liners, cultivating more than 5,000 plant varieties ranging in size from young ones destined for greenhouses to 4-inchers perfect for landscaping.
At the retail center, staffers stand ready to help green-thumbed shoppers to navigate the selection of annuals and perennials or pick out shrubs to block views of money-filled swimming pools from jealous neighbors. Palms, trees, and vegetables await their chance to fill out gardens or finish landscapes.