By amassing a collection of furniture pieces from manufacturing companies such as Whitewood Industries, Archbold Furniture, and Whittier Wood, Barewood Outlet helps its clients find long-lasting, all-wood furniture that will be a staple of their families' abodes for generations. Barewood splits its inventory between finished-wood pieces, which stand at the ready to brighten rooms, and unfinished pieces, which customers can then have hand-finished to their specifications or take home as a do-it-yourself project. The outlet stocks all the tools, stains, and instructions necessary for these projects in order to help clients feel the rush of creating something themselves without experiencing the same old hassle of housing and feeding a Frankenstein monster.
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
Seven days a week, the Mattress Warehouse of Tampa Bay team outfits customers with new, brand-name mattresses at 70%–90% off their typical price. Because much of the merchandise is closeout or overstock, patrons can take home Stearns and Foster, Corsicana, Sealy, Serta, and Simmons mattresses at lower prices. The bed emporium also stocks Vivon memory-foam mattresses, which ensure that sleepers can vividly recount every detail of their dreams to their coworkers the next morning, as well as memory-foam and gel pillows. For added convenience, a trained staff is on hand to deliver and set up beds, and an online tips page helps shepherd shoppers through the bed-selection process.
Founded by Don and Cathy Statz in 1996, Victorian Village still employs many of its original staffers, who remain dedicated to helping guests find their ideal gift. Sips of gourmet coffee and nibbles of cookies provide much-needed sustenance as shoppers navigate the sprawling 15,999-square-foot store. Collectibles from Brighton, Lladro, and Swarovski beckon from their dedicated nooks, and patterned accessories by Vera Bradley encourage appropriate organization of toiletries, jewelry, and paisley swatch collections.
The all-female staff at Milagros, who proudly believe in “long, hot baths” and high-quality ingredients, routinely handcraft half-pound bars of Sister Agnes soap from glycerin, a natural humectant that deftly draws moisture and magnets to the skin. Their selection of soaps evokes innumerable essences, from the intoxicating musk of a wine cellar to the homespun nostalgia of the linen closet. The friendly instructors happily impart their squeaky-clean art to budding soapsmiths, teaching them to create with a variety of shapes, colors, and scents during 90-minute classes.
Authentic Team Merchandise helps Tampa-area sports enthusiasts reach their full potential of fandom with an extensive selection of licensed Bucs, Bulls, Rays, and Lightning products. Inside a pair of apparel-packed stores, jerseys sway from racks, hats hang from hooks, and collectibles coax the praise of passersby. Pet accessories and home accents ensure that every nook of daily living is doused in the colors of hometown teams. As customers graze the all-star lineup of gear, friendly staff members are available to answer questions and help match possible purchases to the colors of the area’s newest expansion team, the Tampa Bay Tetris Turtles.