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.
Before joining forces, Jennifer Goldstein-Fritz and Alba Gonzalez-Nylander spent years pursuing their individual passions for video, honing their craft separately at renowned companies including FOX, E!, and CBS. Eager to venture out on their own, the two women joined their talents in 2010, co-founding AJ Media Services with the goal of combining their knowledge, with services that include bringing major-media quality techniques to home movies. In the years since filming their first promo, Jennifer and Alba have worked tirelessly to create polished, unique moving pictures via a host of services, from video production to duplication and transfer services. To create immersive digital experiences, AJ’s virtual tours throw viewers into smooth, 360-degree views of spaces, from the dining room of a recently opened restaurant to a new home’s finished basement and its organ-playing phantom.
At Woodcraft of Nashville, a staff of experienced carpenters, cabinetmakers, engineers, and craftsfolk help customers infuse a rustic, handmade charm into their living spaces with a vast array of wood; hand and power tools; finishes; and manuals. An extensive schedule of classes teach curious do-it-yourselfers how to construct a dovetail joint, build everyday household objects, or work a table saw, and an arsenal of hardware keeps workshops stocked with band saws, lathes, sanders, and electric carvers.
Olivia Olive Oil scours the world for artisanal olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and gourmet foods, then imports them to a chic location where guests can mingle at private tastings or take home bottles of gourmet condiments. Though humans have enjoyed olive oil for centuries because of its rich, complex flavors, health-conscious chefs also praise it for its potential health benefits, including reducing inflammation, cutting risk of heart disease, and promoting invisibility. Guests at Olivia's tasting parties eagerly sample a variety of oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world, learning about the pressing process and bonding with friends over cheese, bread, and drinks. The shelves call out to customers with bottles of fine oils and vinegars from around the world, such as a grassy organic oil from Spain, a white-truffle-infused olive oil from Alba, Italy, or a traditional balsamic aged for 18 years in oaken barrels. An arsenal of appliances and accessories helps clients properly enjoy their newfound culinary treasures, with items such as olive-wood serving spoons, hand-blown glass-drop bottles, and handy cork spouts.
Silver Steer & Co.’s wooden shelves and marble tabletops are stacked with scented candles, aromatic lotions, and quaint gifts. Patrons peruse paisley bags, coozies crafted from license plates, and bird-patterned pillows. Chevron placemats and designer lamps, as well as many other handcrafted items can be found on display throughout the boutique’s eclectic confines.
Doggie's Day Out cares for canines day and night with play areas, homey bedrooms, and resident groomers who clip nails and trim fur. Daycare rounds up pooches for group activities suited to individual energy levels, from agility climbing and jumping in a fenced-in yard, to lolling on wrought-iron beds with fluffy blankets in an indoor lounge. Overnight guests settle down in a supervised room whose beds and couches emulate a cozy home, with crates available for dogs that prefer them. Staffers bathe and groom hounds with premium products, and teach basic commands to puppies and novelty tricks to older dogs, such as how to unwrap their owners' Starbursts for them.
Scents from Oscar's Bakery waft through the complex as chefs whip up pooch-safe treats from natural ingredients, including cakes and confections for dog party packages. To ensure a safe, happy environment for four-legged friends, Doggie's Day Out requires that pups pass an evaluation to ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date and their temperaments are suited to playing name-game icebreakers with strangers.
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