Best Rest's staff focuses on curating a collection of mattresses from name-brand lines such as Simmons Beautyrest, and furnishing them to customers at the most wallet-friendly prices possible. They allow buyers to test each mattress to see which one will be the most supportive for jump-happy monkeys and they assist in filling out bedrooms with a selection of stylish Acme Furniture pieces. As they steer customers through the warehouse-style showroom, they dispense helpful advice on how to determine an ideal level of firmness and what to expect with a memory-foam mattress.
Direct Tools Factory Outlet decks out sheds and tool belts with new, reconditioned, and factory-blemished tools and hardware from brands such as Ryobi, Homelite, Milwaukee, Hoover, and Dirt Devil. Eradicate dirt and crumbs from surfaces with the Dirt Devil corded pet hand vac ($39.99) or resize out-of-control indoor ferns with a Homelite reconditioned electric chainsaw ($44.99). The blemished right-angle drill by Ryobi ($55.99) can help piece together projects, as can the store's assortment of discontinued and reconditioned power tools and outdoor equipment. Unlike portraits rendered in ice, all of Direct Tools' products come with a warranty of at least one year.
Lisa Foster, who has more than 20 years of floral-design experience, cut ties with her former flower shop in 2004 in order to realize her dream of opening her own design studio, Lisa Foster Floral Design. Though she worked out of her home for the first few years, she gained so many clients—128 brides in 2008—that she knew she had to open a storefront to keep up with the demand. By 2010, Lisa was arranging blooms for more than 200 brides as well as gussying up birthdays, anniversaries, or anticipated video-game releases with red roses, yellow sunflowers, and white orchids. Lisa is committed to making her clients' celebrations special, and so she only creates custom arrangements that are never "cookie-cutter" designs. She also wants to make events as stress-free as possible. This is why she rents out special-occasion equipment, such as crystal trees, candelabras, and wandering minstrels, and offers her brides links to her favorite trusted vendors on her website.
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.
More than 20 local artisans gather to display their handmade wares at Knoxville Soap, Candle, & Gifts. Their all-natural, bar- or ball-shaped soaps are fully biodegradable and made in Tennessee. Handmade candles give off sweet scents such as cupcake, brownie, and chocolate cake, recreating the smells of a baker's warm kitchen or nightly bath in leftover batter. Upon request, staffers can wrap these and other gifts—such as earrings, necklaces, and scarves—in complimentary wrapping paper any day of the year.