In 1916, Louis Samuels acquired an attic full of used furniture in exchange for his expert carpentry services. From this humble inventory grew Samuels Furniture and Interiors, where a fourth generation of the family now presides over a mammoth, fully decorated showroom sporting designer home furnishings and bedding from manufacturers such as Thomasville, Sealy, and Bernhardt. The shop's versatile and professional design staff can aid patrons in custom ordering a delightful accent for a living room or still-life furniture display.
Capel Rugs accents homes with more than 10,000 styles of sturdy skins bearing bold colors, perky patterns, and traditional decorative moxie. Instead of covering living rooms in kelp, customers can browse a collection of rugs priced at less than $150, such as trendy cabana stripes ($34+) or muted charm loop rugs ($149+). Whimsical patterns by Kevin O'Brien blanket naked homes in warm colors while canoodling floors with fibrous droplets of love ($58+). Those with traditional tastes may migrate toward plush collections of area rugs available in a rich range of patterns, such as the decadent Belmont Tabriz, with its classic good looks of luxurious wools and high-tech, stain-resistant synthetics ($60+).
For almost 20 years, Bedding Mart has been laying mattresses, pillows, frames, and other dozing surfaces underneath its sleepy clients. These skilled somnambulence-preventers provide a mattress collection that includes Serta and Simmons Beautyrest, which join other dream-cultivating brands in rounding out their plushy provisions. Accessories such as a Comfort Select memory-foam pillow (up to $99.95) absorb recollections more effectively than the un-porous surfaces of amnesia anvils. A helpful staff is always on hand to help customers select the right items, such as a Simmons Beautyrest extra-firm-full size mattress ($388.99), Englander plush mattresses ($128.99+), memory-foam mattresses ($398.99+), or bed frames ($49.95—$69.95), which help provide a stable home for courteous under-bed monsters.
At Salsa Memphis, renowned dancer and choreographer Edgar "TunTun" Mendez leads each lesson, deploying skills he attained through years of dancing as a professional, performing onstage with Tito Puente and onscreen for Marc Anthony, as well as in salsa congresses and competitions. Within his airy, yellow-walled studio, Mendez shows students of all ages and ability levels how to perform a range of fast-paced, seductive salsa moves, beginning with basic steps, right and left turns, and cross-body leads. Intermediate and advanced lessons are designed for those ready to move on to more complex combinations, such as how to dip a partner in an airplane aisle. A private lesson bestows fledgling dancers with focused one-on-one time with the salsa professor for quicker learning and personalized tips. Lessons can be taken at the student's convenience, allowing dancers to learn on their own time as opposed to adhering to a weekly schedule.