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.
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.
Like a wasteless, carbon-footprintless Ouroboros, Green Living's product selection infinitely encapsulates the entire domestic sphere without interrupting the circle of life. Stock up on non-toxic, old-timey milk-based paint ($12 pint) for the coming observation-deck expansion, hold the room together against centrifugal forces with a recycled outdoor plastic rug (starting at $30), or light up every room for pennies with a hyper-efficient light bulb (starting at $8).
Mother and son duo Terry and Jason Cohen are masters at finding treasure among the usual throwaway estate sale pieces and flea market piles. They scour both regularly to stock their Lakewood shop, known simply as Curiosities, with an incredibly wide-ranging selection of antiques, vintage items and general oddities. It’s a wonderfully cluttered shop that’s stuffed to the brim with everything from mid-century modern furniture pieces and vintage beer signs to spooky dolls, offbeat taxidermy and Native American jewelry. Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift for that incredibly-hard-to-shop-for friend or just looking to kill an hour or two on a rainy day, there’s a good chance you’ll leave here as the new owner of some unexpected treasure you never knew you needed.
Drew Johnson and his friend Jordan harbored a secret dream to own a thrift shop from the earliest years of their friendship, as far back as middle school. They schemed for years, and when a space opened in the heart of the community where they both grew up, they didn’t hesitate. The duo opened Urban Thrift, stocking it with recycled and reusable clothing, jewelry, appliances, and furniture.
Though they keep it spotlessly clean, Drew and Jordan still celebrate the raw, urban feel of their space. “Our dressing room utilizes cinder blocks and gas piping, our ceiling is exposed, our floor is unfinished concrete, and that’s how we like it,” said Drew. They don’t forget the community that fostered them and their dream, either, giving donations to local churches and school clubs.