An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
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.
A kaleidoscope of colors and patterns bewilders shoppers as they enter either of Quilter’s Stash's two locations. Some confused patrons report having found the end of the rainbow, but they are really seeing more than 15,000 bolts of 100% cotton fabrics by Marcus, Henry Glass, and other top designers. Staff members wait at attention to direct customers to the latest threads and patterns, and a few on-hand wizards can resuscitate a range of sewing machines from different brands. The crafty gurus are also enthusiastic about leading quilting and sewing classes that cater to students of all levels, and the shop's shelves are stocked with how-to books that facilitate at-home learning.
Heavenly Sleep Shoppe specializes in outfitting bedrooms with high-quality mattress lines such as Simmons Beautyrest and Sealy Posturepedic. A pair of well-stocked showrooms encourages guests to test prospective bedding for comfort or practice belly-flop technique. A team of helpful staffers shares knowledge of the latest models and offers expertise on catching z’s using Heavenly Sleep Shoppe's alternative sleeping options such as futons, bunk beds, and waterbeds. After you've found the mattress of your dreams, the staff happily arranges for free layaway, complimentary delivery for certain mattresses, or assembly of items.
At Rebounderz, parents need not cringe as they watch their kids literally bounce off the walls. Safety is of the utmost importance to the staff, and it starts with the trampolines. Over 24,000 feet of these bounce boosters line the floors and jut outward at an angle on the walls. Their patented design boasts high-quality components that make them much safer than leaping off the garage roof with an umbrella as a parachute. As kids engage in friendly battle on the dodgeball trampoline or practice their approach at the slam dunk station, safety-trained referees keep a watchful eye on them at all times. Kids and grown-ups can take a break from simulating molecular fusion at the arcade, earning tickets to trade in for prizes.
At My Salsa Dance Studio, professional dancer Kane pairs students off and gives hands-on instruction in some of Latin dance's hottest genres. Under Kane's wing, dancers, like sequined tortilla chips, pick up plenty of salsa, but they can also enroll in bachata and Argentine tango. There are also fitness classes, such as salsa fitness and Zumba, which use the art form of dance as a means of burning calories. There are two ways to work with Kane: attend one of his organized group classes, or enlist the help of his mobile service and have him teach at an off-site party or event.