Under the leadership of owner JoAnn England?a longtime Halls resident, mother of two, and booster for locally owned businesses?Sofas & More?s independent mom-and-pop operation has enlivened the homes of its customers since 1995. As customers peruse the fleet of La-Z-Boy recliners or sofas from Klaussner, friendly staff members guide them through home-decor decisions with a friendly, low-pressure demeanor, unhindered by the need to disassemble their towering couch forts. In addition to equipping living rooms with comfortable sitting spaces and high-end entertainment centers, the spacious showroom fills in dining rooms with designer table sets of solid hardwood and bedrooms with mattresses from Serta and Tempur-Pedic.
It’s hard to determine if a mattress is comfortable just by lying on it for a few minutes or keeping a picture of it under your pillow. The Bed Store has rethought the mattress-shopping experience from the ground up. Its has replaced the typical showroom feel with a spa-like atmosphere that removes distractions and allows thorough tests of Serta or Tempur-Pedic mattresses to take place in peace and quiet. At its other locations, The Bed Store and its employees also foster sound sleep decisions, helping shoppers choose from a wide array of mattress features, such as memory or temperature-regulating foam tops or eco-friendly sleep surfaces with bamboo-fiber covers and soy-based foam.
With a wide assortment of closeout mattresses by trusted brands such as Sealy, Serta, and Simmons, Mr. Mattress is a go-to destination for shoppers. There's a design to suit every preference from firm and pillow-top to latex and many more. Patrons can also find memory-foam mattresses built with bamboo fibers to dissipate heat and keep bodies comfortable throughout the night.
Mattress Firm's large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and TempurPedic ranges from the soft, cushy Direct Milan pillow top (starting at $398) to the firm-and-supportive Direct Havana (starting at $178). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.
In 2003, longtime friends Joe Hornsby and Lisa Moore opened Liza Moz' Pottery Studio—the name adapted from a nicknamed bestowed on Lisa by her family. Lisa has since passed the business on to Joe solely, and creativity continues to flourish under his direction. Joe keeps the shop stocked with a variety of unfinished bisque ceramics cast into animal shapes, tiles, plates, and mugs, each available to be painted by visiting artists. After choosing a piece to work on, visitors may paint freehand or find inspiration by consulting the shop's library of stencil collections and idea books. Artists then sketch their designs and paint their pottery with a choice of more than 50 hues. The studio’s instructors also guide students through other artistic projects beyond ceramics, such as painting canvases, tiling mosaics, and making candles. Groups holding parties can bring their own snacks and drinks to the studio, and summer camp sessions guide children through creative projects with clay, glass, or paint.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.