Ace Hardware stockpiles a bevy of tools, lawn and garden accouterments, housewares, and other handy items at two local, independently owned storefronts. While merchandise varies by store, customers encounter items such as a Cooper Lighting halogen work light ($17.99) to illuminate outdoor projects or a DeWalt two-in-one power-tool tote for carrying mighty drills or escape-prone tape measures. The eminently wieldable Dremel rotary-tool kit ($49.99) comes complete with two speeds and 15 accessories, and the Wen electric engraver ($18.99) makes a fitting gift for artistic loved ones or meticulous housecats practicing their calligraphy skills.
Sleep Outfitters' savvy sleep experts help slumber lovers find peaceful shuteye with a wide selection of name brand mattresses. Adroit sleep Sherpas lead bedtime cravers round the mountains of Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses, pausing to take in cushions of solid foam, bouncing innersprings, and a conspicuous lack of "Smoke On the Water" beds. Rest your noggin on a Serta Memory Foam queen-size mattress set ($597), or repose your tired torso on a Simmons Beautyrest Classic Plush queen-size mattress set ($1,199). Once somnolent souls have selected a mattress on which to paint their dreamscapes, they can opt into Sleep Outfitters' five-star delivery service, where burly mattress gods deliver and set up mattresses and remove old bedding. Indecisive catnappers enjoy the comforts of the 30-night comfort guarantee that permits two fortnights in which to decide if the right choice was made, ensuring hibernating humans won't be left with nightmares starring jilted futons and vengeful box springs.
Mrs. Rogers makes its signature white-chocolate popcorn to-order, using local Kentucky ingredients as part of the Kentucky Proud program, which helps keep farm products fresh by cutting transportation time. The resulting sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy gourmet popcorn contains only all-white, nearly hull-less kernels.
Clients at Southern Rays take control of their skin shades by using customizable UV- and sunless-tanning systems. Beds and booths come in six levels of UV intensity (up to a $25 value/session) so that clients can gradually prepare for the day when humans migrate to the sun. The Mystic Tan HD system (a $30 value/session) applies spritzings of UV-free tanning solution in the privacy of an individual chamber, and airbrush tanning paints pelts in each client’s most suitable shade. Southern Rays’ knowledgeable staff is always on hand to answer questions, provide tanning tips, and console useless sunbeams. Check the equipment page to see which services are offered at which locations.
For the team at Wildcat Mattress, getting a good night's sleep is serious business. That's why they don't employ pushy sales tactics to coerce customers into buying just any mattress. Instead, they educate guests, answering questions in person and providing research tools on their website.
In addition to guiding guests toward a good night's sleep, the team also works to support the local economy. They source the coils and foams that go into their inventory directly from Kentucky-based manufacturers.
Currently nominated for Best Bookstore in a WHAS11.com reader’s poll, Karen's Book Barn and its literary-obsessed staff facilitates book buying with its inventory of more than 30,000 publications. Novel-worms can feed thirsty brains with Karen’s both new and used books (books range from $0.50 to $25). Study Java Stop's menu and its caffeinated concoctions, from a cup of its locally roasted Java Brewing Company coffee to its large café au lait ($3.45). Readers can relax with their steamy cup of java while skimming some of the shop’s newer additions, including Toni Toney's The Eco Diet or Jim Miller's WWII story Counter Intelligence. Cure television tedium with a science-fiction epic, an historical tome, or by hiding your TV under a pile of books with today’s Groupon to Karen’s Book Barn & Java Shop.