One in, one out. This must be Curious Heart Emporium's policy for managing inventory. Colorful, handcrafted lawn sculptures seem to spill out from the yellow-and-green cottage, whose interior shelves are packed to capacity with artisan gifts and novelty pieces from across North America and Europe. Kathy Corley hand selects everything that guests see in her shop, including jewelry, greeting cards, and sarcastic wall art. Corley, who left her career in the film industry as an art director, likens the shop's character to "Willy Wonka's on steroids." When shopping around, Corley often gravitates toward items that remind her of her family members. For example, tin toys remind her of her father, and flamingo-inspired pieces represent her sister, who spent her third year of life standing on one foot. Corley also enjoys handcrafted and designer Christmas ornaments and trees, and dedicates an entire room in the store to them during the holidays. Throughout the spring and summer, her partially enclosed patio and lawn feature garden décor, including metal folk-art roosters and solar-powered paper lanterns.
When Nashville Lifestyles puts a restaurant, concert venue, or stylist on its Best of Music City list, it's no small honor. The magazine's exhaustive knowledge of Nashville's cultural scene is revealed each month through features such as music reviews, which chronicle Nashville's local recording spaces, as well as the latest releases from both local artists and celebrities such as Miranda Lambert. Food critics try out restaurants to point hungry readers toward the city's best sports bars, cafés, food trucks, and food boats. Robust entertainment coverage helps social butterflies plan for parties, gallery exhibits, and festivals. Beyond the glossy pages of its print edition, Nashville Lifestyles' robust online presence shares extra features and photo slideshows, giving locals up-to-the-minute coverage of notable fetes and other goings-on about town.
Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
Tucked into a historic home replete with an art center and retail space filled with organic and locally produced products, Center of Symmetry?s trained wellness workers provide holistic health services. Clients range from mothers and fathers looking to relax during their free time to college students trying to relieve sore muscles after moving. The center?s licensed massage therapists work to assuage tension with a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish and reflexology?pressure applied to the hands and feet to help stimulate organs and improve health. Consultant hypnotist Barry O'Neill, the center?s onsite hypnotist, provides private hypnotherapy sessions to aid in weight loss, smoking cessation, and confidence building as well as group weight-loss seminars.
A mounted buffalo head eyes guests curiously as they swing through the french doors of Buffalo's Nashville, having climbed the stairs or ridden the elevator to the historical building's second floor. As patrons settle into studded leather barstools, bartenders take their orders for well drinks or domestic beers such as Bud, Miller Light, and Coors Light, and sports games play on 21 high-definition TV screens. Behind the scenes, the kitchen yields plates of burgers and sandwiches as well as wings dipped in a dozen mild to extra-hot sauces.
In between rounds of drinks, bouts of shuffleboard, darts, and billiards occupy glassless hands as spectators watch from atop a refurbished shoeshine station. Buffalo's Nashville also hosts special events and parties in a pair of private rooms overlooking the Cumberland River and the Titans' LP Field.