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.
Since 1999, German Furniture Warehouse has imported high-quality home furnishings from Europe. Customers can peruse an inventory of family-style breakfast nooks, bedroom sets, and dining furniture in both contemporary and traditional styles. The company also crafts custom furniture with every detail designed to the client's specifications.
City Mattress is a full service mattress retailer featuring the best names in bedding - and all types of mattresses from innerspring to foam to latex. In addition, City Mattress offers a full line of services including our CleanSleep Mattress Cleaning and Sanitizing Service that removes allergens and much more.
Signature service: Mixed-media art classes for all ages
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Mayco, Duncan, Blick
Pro Tip: We keep our classes small so that we can offer the best possible hands-on experience to each artist
What aspect of your job, or the services you offer, most often surprises people?
Because we offer pottery in our walk-in studio, many people don't realize [the variety] of classes we offer. We have classes in canvas painting, mosaics, ceramic techniques, jewelry making, crafts, glass fusing, and more.
Do you or your staff have any special certifications or degrees?
Our staff has a range of certifications from degrees in art education to having spent more than a decade in the ceramic world.
Describe a time your services really changed a client's life for the better.
We have had several customers tell us that our studio has been a calming retreat during a difficult time in their lives. From stressful jobs to cancer treatments, coming in to create has helped melt the stress of whatever struggles they were having at that time.
There's no buyer's remorse at Treasures for Hope Charity Store, since the proceeds of each sale benefit the local foster-care community, Place of Hope. Customers can peruse gently used furniture, rugs, and art to find the perfect accent piece for their home, or sift through racks of clothing for men, women, kids, and bashful pets.
Big Wave Dave Surf Co.'s staff of experienced wave riders hits the shores of Waikiki Beach for private and small-group lessons in surfing, standup paddleboarding, and outrigger canoeing. Each instructor's résumé boasts at least 10 years of teaching experience, an extensive knowledge of first aid, and at least one semester as Poseidon's college intern. During classes, first-time surfers learn the basics on land before heading into the warm waters to hang their first 10, whereas advanced riders barrel out into the waves atop fiberglass and epoxy boards. Outrigger canoes recall ancient Hawaiians' exploration of Oahu's colorful reefs, and standup paddleboards combine an intense workout with clear views of the pristine waters below. The shop also offers daily and long-term rentals of equipment, with complimentary delivery and pickup from local hotels.