Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
Lighting Concepts stocks ceiling fans, lamps, and accessories in its show room. Its staff and electronic search tool can help customers select the right lights for their homes. Install a chandelier or pendant lamp over a dining-room table for an elegant look, pair lights with fan blades to cool off damp locations, or place spotlights at strategic points around your house to illuminate distinctive furniture.
Stocking lauded furniture brands, including Lloyd Flanders and Brown Jordan, the adept designers at Blackjack Gardens help chic-seeking customers find couches, chairs, and trimmings to outfit their roofless retreats. Among the extensive collection are simple and stylish sling seats such as the Crimson Casual Bayside chair ($159). The shop's array of accessories, including Vietri Aladdin outdoor silverware ($20–$99) and planters, primp patios. Deck dwellers will also find myriad ways to spruce up dining digs with seat-soothing cushions and Treasure Garden outdoor umbrellas, which offer protection from the harsh sun and privacy from the eavesdropping moon.
With a stylish selection and an expert team, EyeCare Associates stocks frames by designers such as Kate Spade, Nine West, Hugo Boss, and Guess. Comprised of doctors and eyewear specialists, the team can screen for eye disease, administer eye exams, fit contact lenses, and repair old frames.
Year round Christmas, Hanukah, sports,wedding, baby, gourmet, general gifts, commercial displays, and of course gingerbread centerpieces for all occasions. In addition, there are custom gift baskets, pre-made baskets, fantastic imported fancy candy.Expect the unexpected.
Night Owl Paper Goods makes all of its modern yet folksy hand-crafted paper goods by hand from sustainably harvested wood, letterpress, or a hybrid of the two. The Pup with Leaves design ($6), for example, blends Night Owl's eco-friendly yellow birch cards with an aww-inducing hand-drawn illustration. Stock up for the traditional round of holiday cards and break-up letters to Santa with the Pine Penguin ($16 for box of six), or regale a moody teenaged girl with a broad range of journals, jotters, and other gifts. And Night Owl's many customizable cards give the vicariously creative a one-of-a-kind way to announce birthdays, births, bar mitzvahs; formal raves, or a button factory promotion to Assistant to the Regional Hole-Puncher.