The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
Metro Furniture Show's founders started their now multimillion-dollar operation by selling mattresses out of their garage-turned-storefront. Today, they take on big-name furniture companies while staying true to their startup roots, outfitting homes with a wide range of furnishings that they sell for less than traditional retailers sell them.
Visitors the Metro Furniture Show find pieces suitable for all rooms of the home, from sleek leather sofa sets from Fossil and Soho to herds of pillow-top mattresses ideal for cushioning falls in the unlicensed amusement park in the backyard. Metro Furniture Show also outfits homes with appliances and electronics.
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.
Compiling the crew that leads Mesquite Aviation are owner Chip Harding and certified flight instructors Josh Sallee and Michael Bellm. Chip, a lifelong aviation enthusiast, underwent training with both Josh and Michael and loved it so much that he was driven to buy the flight school and place the pair of instructors at its helm. Located at Mesquite Metro Airport, which is comfortably outside the congested Dallas airspace, the experienced team continually add to their more than 3,000 hours of flight instruction. With a clean, well-kept fleet of Cessna 172s at their beck and call, they help future pilots achieve private pilot licensure and certification. They also offer tours for those seeking an aerial view of the Dallas area or attempting to find where they parked their car.
Inside its brick-and-mortar store, Home Beautiful Decor’s staff pairs guests with their ideal moveables, helping them navigate catalogs or an online gallery brimming with furniture by well-known brands such as Aico, Acme, Ashley, HomElegance, and Coaster. Quality and function fist-fight each other in classic pieces, from a four-poster bed of hand-carved bamboo and wrought iron to a cherry dining table with a marble top. Coordinating living-room, dining-room, and bedroom sets tie interiors and lavish tree houses together, and à la carte armchairs, bookshelves, and side tables invite creative mixing and matching. Staffers pepper the eclectic inventory with accessories, lamps, personalized busts, and rugs.
Mattress Matters' newest location in Rockwall stays true to the wide selection of its three preceding locations by stocking all of the same name-brand models, including Simmons, Simmons’ Beauty Rest, and Spring Air. Traditional spring mattresses mingle on the showroom floor with memory-foam and gel-infused memory-foam models, and a range of bedding items and bed frames populates the sleep-time haven as well. To complement the beds, Mattress Matters also supplies a host of furnishings, including pieces for bedrooms, living rooms, goldfish mausoleums, and dining rooms.: