A monthly jamboree featuring more than 300 vendors, the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival is an eclectic bazaar of both modern miscellany and well-worn curiosities. Trinket connoisseurs and artisans from around the country purvey old, new, and handcrafted merchandise, with past items including anything from a 1965 Fender Stratocaster to Bakelite buttons to motorcycle folk art and the long-lost Frank Sinatra Sings the Philosophical Ramblings of Nietzsche album. Actual wares vary from day to day, but some festival mainstays—such as an assortment of vintage and designer jewelry, records, art, and clothing—serve as comforting constants for seasoned collectors.
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
For more than 88 years, the lamplighters at Capitol Lighting have illuminated homes with attractive fixtures in styles ranging from French country to Art Deco. More than 500,000 products, including bright lamps and bulbs from Corbett Lighting, Schonbek, Hudson Valley, and Savoy House, await their opportunity to banish darkness and beautify home spaces ranging from dining room ceilings to outdoor paths. Beyond bulbs in all shapes and sizes, Capitol also carries a vast selection of home accessories, such as hallway mirrors that give residents a final chance to ensure their antennas are hidden before leaving the house.
Big Wave Dave Surf Co.'s staff of experienced wave riders hits the shores of Waikiki Beach for private and small-group lessons in surfing, standup paddleboarding, and outrigger canoeing. Each instructor's résumé boasts at least 10 years of teaching experience, an extensive knowledge of first aid, and at least one semester as Poseidon's college intern. During classes, first-time surfers learn the basics on land before heading into the warm waters to hang their first 10, whereas advanced riders barrel out into the waves atop fiberglass and epoxy boards. Outrigger canoes recall ancient Hawaiians' exploration of Oahu's colorful reefs, and standup paddleboards combine an intense workout with clear views of the pristine waters below. The shop also offers daily and long-term rentals of equipment, with complimentary delivery and pickup from local hotels.
City Mattress is a full service mattress retailer featuring the best names in bedding - and all types of mattresses from innerspring to foam to latex. In addition, City Mattress offers a full line of services including our CleanSleep Mattress Cleaning and Sanitizing Service that removes allergens and much more.
Signature service: Mixed-media art classes for all ages
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Mayco, Duncan, Blick
Pro Tip: We keep our classes small so that we can offer the best possible hands-on experience to each artist
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
Because we offer pottery in our walk-in studio, many people don't realize [the variety] of classes we offer. We have classes in canvas painting, mosaics, ceramic techniques, jewelry making, crafts, glass fusing, and more.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Our staff has a range of certifications from degrees in art education to having spent more than a decade in the ceramic world.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We have had several customers tell us that our studio has been a calming retreat during a difficult time in their lives. From stressful jobs to cancer treatments, coming in to create has helped melt the stress of whatever struggles they were having at that time.