Mattress Choice's sleep specialists take the time to educate guests as they lead them on tours through a showroom stocked with more than 30 models. They explain the technology and benefits of each mattress to guests who lie on as many mattresses needed until they find the comfiest fit. Familiar brand names such as Simmons Beautyrest and ComforPedic make up the showroom’s roster. A stockpile of accessories provisions sleepers with other necessary items—frames, Tempur-Pedic pillows—that pile atop already-snug mattresses to make them even more comfortable after long sleepwalks or sleep break dancing.
Needful Things stocks a plethora of fabric and a variety of home décor accessories to jazz up homes' insides. Fabrics woven from the nimble fingers at Millcreek, Waverly, Richloom, and Robert Allen ($10–$15/yard on average) can be hung over windows, stretched over chair seats, and pleated over pelvises to make a kilt or lampshade costume. Or homeowners can accent window treatments with a variety of trims ($1+), including tassels, brush fringe, and cords. Needful Things also houses furniture and home accessories ($20+), including pictures, lamps, and candle holders that can fill houses with evidence of your personal style. Meanwhile, Needful Things’ professional designers can offer guidance and expertise during design consultations ($50/hour), and an on-staff seamstress stands by to create table skirts, pillows, and more.
In her 10 years of working in the beauty industry, Angelina Torrence has used her keen eye to impart stylish touches to wardrobes, special occasion makeovers, and skincare. But the Chicagoan's specialty has always been her work with hair, especially natural hair. She can add extra oomph to curls with strawset treatments and dreadlock maintenance, and keep hair smooth and silky using permanent relaxers. No matter its texture, she can give hair a touch of color. She can even incorporate multiple hues for a hair color as deep and complicated as the maze hidden underneath that well.
Sam Flax South outfits artists and designers with supplies and furniture from top industry brands such as Herman Miller, Humanscale, and Steelcase to produce masterpieces on any scale. Easels grip canvases as painters blanket them in polychromatic oils and acrylics, just as drafting tables, rulers, and protractors help architects draft the blueprint for the first home built entirely of discarded totem poles. Guests can leaf through paper products and readymade gifts including delicate cards, journals, and calendars. Treasured prints also find displayable homes in Sam Flax’s custom-framing department, where artisans design hangable enclosures that accentuate a picture with a contrasting mat color or an oversize neon arrow that points directly to the image. The in-house framing center applies acid-free matting and seals art in airtight materials to preserve pieces.
Kathy Antar opened The Sewing Studio planning to provide sewing services for design professionals and event producers, but was soon flooded with phone calls and emails from people who simply wanted to know how to use their sewing machines. To meet that need, The Sewing Studio began to offer a selection of beginner, intermediate, and advanced sewing classes. During each 2.5-hour session, students learn how to thread machines, wind the bobbin, and practice various stitches using their own machines. In addition to classes, Kathy custom-designs furniture upholstery, bedding, and window coverings and supplies expert design-consultation services, which can transform a client's dream design into a tactile reality.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.