Inside the 8,000-square-foot location, the staff of Twinkle Twinkle Little Store organizes a collection of gently used, clean children’s gear, from clothing and strollers to books and bassinets. As a consignment shop, they only sell and purchase items that have not been recalled, stained, ripped, or damaged in any way. Though brimming with toys and accessories, the shop is meticulously organized. A fleet of strollers, car seats, and cribs stands in neat rows, and a book nook displays their library beside comfortable reading chairs. As parents browse, kids can play on trampolines, slides, and other equipment in age-specific play zones.
The shop’s values encourage this parent- and kid-friendly style. Before opening the shop, owner Cheryl Courson had struggled to balance her corporate career with motherhood. Frustrated, she decided to create a store that makes life easier for moms. She staffs parents, who may bring their children to work, as well as pregnant moms, joking “their nesting organizational skills are excellent!” She also offers an hourly store-credit wage in return for simple volunteer tasks such as hanging clothing and teaching children about the themes of fatherhood in Ulysses. Regular donations to kid- and mom-centric local charities further root the store in the community.
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.
Boca Bargoons invites shoppers into an expertly curated showroom of textiles from a number of designers. Bargain bolts and one-of-a-kind imported fabrics satisfy projects of every scale and budget. The current stock ranges from $6.99 per yard to $89 per yard for fabrics. Find a swatch of velvet to upholster an armchair or red cupcake (about $24.99/yard), or pick up embroidered silk to use for a luxurious throw ($32.99/yard). Boca Bargoons's crafters also fashion custom draperies, upholstery, and furniture, allowing homeowners to clothe their rooms in fashionable styles even if they don't own their own sewing machine. Learn about different fabrics here, or swing by to consult with a knowledgeable staffer before laying the first stitches for a leather slipcover for the shed.
Sunshine Ace Hardware stockpiles more than 40,000 tools, fishing gear, housewares, and other handy items across six local storefronts. Three-piece stainless steel barbecue sets ($24.99) brave scorching flames as chefs spear, flip, and sear entrees over backyard grills. Fasten loose screws or ease bolts from lab experiments’ necks with a 21-piece drill bit set from Craftsman ($24.99), or beckon fish from the waves with a deluxe Shimano Zircos 4000 rod and reel fishing combo ($79.99). In downtown Naples, whimsical hardware-themed fixtures illuminate Sunshine Ace Hardware’s recently remodeled flagship store, whose walls are dappled with photos of the store’s 60-year history and prehistoric man’s discovery of circular saws.
Boasting an impressive array of closeout products with its 24,000-square-foot showroom, Zing artfully outfits homes with designer furniture and game-room accouterments. As tables by Tempo, Largo, and Hillsdale conjure up dinner-party fantasies, recliners invite bodies to unwind like wayward egg timers. Shoppers can wrangle leather softy sofas ($399) from the showroom, using them to draw Sahara queen-size sleigh beds ($1,259) toward dream-granting Sandmen. Basements become playgrounds with the addition of a shuffleboard ($1,489) or swiveling Brazilia barstools ($216.30 each). Pelican tables ($41) can be matched with lamps ($39+) and a variety of plants ($49 to $399) to reenact favorite childhood business meetings. Malaga aluminum patio sets ($399) attract royalty with high-backed chairs and a finish that resists rust, wear, and invading serfs.
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.