Since 2001, the family-run operation at Macon Bedroom & Mattress and Robins Bed & Mattress has expanded across central Georgia, creating a fiefdom of show rooms built around the precepts of full service from delivery to setup and removal. An impressive display of mattresses and waterbeds from brands such as TempurPedic, NE Bedrooms, and Homelegance promise nights of deep, restful sleep, ranging in rigidity from the softness of a baby animal’s whisper to the firmness of a job interview handshake. Sleeping pallets pair perfectly with a wide range of accoutrements, from handsome bedroom furniture sets, to mattress heaters, bed liners, and replacement pads.
For more then 35 years, the experts at Macon Color Wheel have been outfitting homeowners with the ideal colors and proper tools for enlivening their abodes. With a specialty in color selection, American Society of Interior Designers member Dawn Farley assists customers in their tint-seeking adventures while manager John Gilbert exacts color-matching perfection to help customers develop schemes around existing pieces. Homeowners can ensconce their walls in historic Farrell-Calhoun paint selections, which have been faithfully developed through careful collaboration with museums across the country, or they can opt for colors from Pittsburgh Paints, which has been crafting elegant living-room disguises for more than 100 years. In addition to posing challenges for haughty pet chameleons, homeowners can peruse a vast selection of brushes ($3.46+), caulks ($3.97+), and preparation supplies to ensure that projects are carried out properly and efficiently.
The flower finaglers at Allison's Florist & Gifts tenderly organize an aromatic assortment of floral arrangements using fresh, seasonal flowers. Re-up spring's pollen-clad contract with 10 glossy tulips ($40), or stir stagnant air with a dozen romantic roses while reciting romantic lines from Timecop ($50). Wicker-basket gardens ($45) corral the lively antics of three to four small blooming or green plants, while scented selections can be supplemented with thoughtful additions such as a balloon ($4), a box of local chocolates ($1.95—$4.50) or a plush animal ($6.95+). Silk arrangements, which outlast the most vivacious fresh flowers, are also available ($45+). Allison's Florist does not work with Teleflora or FTD, so all arrangements are conceived and assembled in-house.
Since Stewart Vernon started America’s Swimming Pool Company in 2001, it has blossomed across 11 states and now boasts nearly 100 locations. The company’s Certified Pool Operator–trained professionals oversee more than 60 million gallons of water each week as they clean and maintain residential pools, as well as diagnose issues with pumps or lazy filters that have been letting in swimmers who aren’t wearing ties and jackets. In addition to repairing equipment, the experts can install brand-new systems or entirely renovate pools with retiling and new decks. For hot-tub aficionados, the company outfits homes with Garden Leisure spas, which help to relax aching muscles without the dangers associated with steeping in a witch’s cauldron.
Bedzzz Express facilitates the best night’s sleep possible by taking inventory of customers’ sleeping habits to help them choose the perfect mattress. President Keith Krininger credits this practice with Bedzzz Express success, which has resulted in 46 store locations sprinkled across three states. In the showroom, models from brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, Tempurpedic, Serta, and Simmons cushion bodies at rest with a range of comfortable materials including foam and pillow tops that help lull customers to sleep. Mattresses and mattress sets are available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes and can be delivered locally.