The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Along the hot-pink accent wall at GlamRus, hangers teem with equally vivid dresses, palazzo pants, and other ladies’ apparel. Jewelry and accessories top off each outfit, such as bejeweled necklace and earring sets and gauzy scarves strung through charms. GlamRus’s inventory changes with the seasons as well as with trends, stocking outfits for football season; wreaths for Halloween, Mardi Gras, and Tax Day; and ensembles and embellished candles for winter holiday parties.
The friendly staff at Martha's Hallmark equips visitors to disperse season's greetings to friends and families with a rotating collection of heartwarming cards, thoughtful gifts, and LSU-themed merchandise. Their treasure trove of greeting cards takes on a variety of motifs inspired by the holidays and life's momentous occasions, such as high-school graduation or the first time successfully licking one's own elbow.
Zoë's Boutique stocks apparel by brands such as Gypsy Junkies, Lucca Couture, and Vintage Havana at two locations. Shoppers can also find handmade jewelry and Minnetonka boots embellished with beading or leather fringe. The shop's 401 East Texas Street location also carries men's apparel: flannel shirts, skinny jeans, and Saints T-shirts are just a few options.
At Ed's Emporium, it's been a family affair for more than 35 years. Husband-and-wife team Ed and Carol Allen own and operate the establishment and?with their son, Eric?can help bring your stained-glass dreams to life. If you're looking to widen your glass-work skills, they can recommend tools and supplies or guide you through classes on fusing and cutting.