Ulysses and Florence Cleveland opened their first flower shop in Toulminville, selling arrangements and seeds to locals in 1948. Five decades and three generations later, the flower shop may have moved but its dedication to fresh florals and greenery remains strong. Cleveland Florist showcases a variety of imported flowers, arranged into colorful bouquets to celebrate weddings, birthdays, and births. Clients can have a pitcher of yellow roses delivered to a sweetheart or send a spray of pink buds to express sympathy for a lost loved one. The shop makes every effort to bring these flowers into people's everyday lives from creating displays at the local library to hosting a segment on how to create a holiday centerpiece on the Rachel Ray show.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
Southern Art & Framing offers much more than its name implies—aside from custom-framing projects and ready-to-hang art, the store also boasts an eclectic gift shop stocked with goods made by local and national artisans. Shoppers can peruse a selection that includes everything from handbags and scented candles to barbecue tools and home decor designed for fans of popular college sports teams. Local artists also host onsite art classes, teaching skills such as impressionist painting and converting your boring sedan into an exciting police cruiser.
Supplying artists of all ages since the 1960s, Alabama Art Supply thrives off of a network of artists that connects interested visitors to classes, workshops, art associations, and other opportunities. The store's staff assist budding artists in choosing painting necessities from a vast selection of paints which include professional quality brands such as Winsor & Newton. They can also recommend products including canvases, clay, and fine art supplies that suits both professional and amateur artists.
Mattress Direct and America's Mattress give somnambulant snoozers a place to rest weary heads with comfortable, supportive mattresses and sturdy box springs. Drift off on a Serta Perfect Sleeper, a mattress coaxing numbered lambs into soothing slumber for more than 75 years. Each mattress features an ultra-soft top and back-friendly firm springs below (twin mattresses start at $414, box springs start at $135). Couture catnappers can snag a Vera Wang mattress for a fashionable 40 winks, with the choice of traditional innerspring or all-foam models, all crafted with careful attention to detail and style (mattresses start at $689, box springs start at $160). Customers can catch Z’s on a luxurious iComfort mattress, a dream-deliverer constructed of memory foam and supportive gel to whisk heat and tension away from reposing bodies. Because the shop is offering a special on select twin mattresses ($79–$99 each), this Groupon can assist mattress misers in hoarding up to four beds-to-be or cushiony improvised sleds. All Serta mattresses also include a doze-defending warranty.
Now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set for $8.49, a VPT rip hammer for $6.29, and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. With the second option, a significant selection of unfinished furniture is available to fill almost any room in your house, apartment, or secret lair. Options range from bookcases and desks to chairs for the very young and the slightly less young.