An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
Compiling the crew that leads Mesquite Aviation are owner Chip Harding and certified flight instructors Josh Sallee and Michael Bellm. Chip, a lifelong aviation enthusiast, underwent training with both Josh and Michael and loved it so much that he was driven to buy the flight school and place the pair of instructors at its helm. Located at Mesquite Metro Airport, which is comfortably outside the congested Dallas airspace, the experienced team continually add to their more than 3,000 hours of flight instruction. With a clean, well-kept fleet of Cessna 172s at their beck and call, they help future pilots achieve private pilot licensure and certification. They also offer tours for those seeking an aerial view of the Dallas area or attempting to find where they parked their car.
Inside its brick-and-mortar store, Home Beautiful Decor’s staff pairs guests with their ideal moveables, helping them navigate catalogs or an online gallery brimming with furniture by well-known brands such as Aico, Acme, Ashley, HomElegance, and Coaster. Quality and function fist-fight each other in classic pieces, from a four-poster bed of hand-carved bamboo and wrought iron to a cherry dining table with a marble top. Coordinating living-room, dining-room, and bedroom sets tie interiors and lavish tree houses together, and à la carte armchairs, bookshelves, and side tables invite creative mixing and matching. Staffers pepper the eclectic inventory with accessories, lamps, personalized busts, and rugs.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Kitchen appliances, ornate candelabras, and other charming home essentials fill the many shelves of Marigold Houseware’s cozy boutique and online store. Imperial tea glasses and flower-dappled teapots team up with blue-tinged glass fruit bowls and platters from Walther to curate refined tablescapes. Soft-grip garlic presses squeeze out cloves in silhouettes of Julia Child, and pots of stainless steel heat colorful sauces to paint on fine china plates. Marigold Houseware's Judaica collection presents an artful take on religious wares, pairing elegant menorahs with Seder plates, Kiddush cups, and other Jewish table trappings.
Antèks stocks a variety of rustic and leather-upholstered furniture and Western-themed home goods. Place a single candelabra made from a naturally shed whitetail antler ($189) atop a handmade table lamp ($175) to shed some light on cast-iron stars decorating the table's base. Or, competitive cowpokes can cushion mechanical bulls with black-and-white cowhide pillows ($119 each), and a pair of buffalo bookends ($175) can herd a set of sheepskin-covered encyclopedias.