Capel's floor décor experts help shoppers sift through more than 10,000 styles to find high-quality ground garments suitable for all tastes and spaces. Established in 1917, the company still spins, dyes, weaves, and stitches its sturdy American Original braided rugs from a home base in Troy, North Carolina. In addition to the classics, Capel stocks outdoor options, kid-friendly rugs such as the 3' x 5' Playtime Starburst ($138), carpet maintenance accessories, and pieces woven from commonly recycled materials, such as the 3' x 5' Lariat Rug's reclaimed upholstery leather, as well as cast-off sock puppet sweaters and rom-com plots ($58).
River City Referrals assists homeowners and tool-tinkerers looking for the appropriate contractor for a home-improvement project. Clients describe their project to River City Referrals, who then search its database of trusted contractors to produce a skilled, qualified handyman. These jacks-of-all-trades assist in a multitude of services ranging from painting and landscaping to window installation. After that, rates vary by contractor and project, but past projects have included washing-machine repair (about $250), ceiling patch and medallion installation ($275), and a lighting repair ($125).
A champion for safe, earth-friendly child rearing, Franklin Goose presents parents with an array of creative and practical organic, natural, and chemical-free supplies for youngsters of all ages. Cloth-diapering essentials, such as Thirsties Duo Wrap Snap, adjustable to two sizes, comes in an array of stylish patterns ($13.75). Babybjorn’s soft bib boasts a quick-clean material and a clever pocket ideal for catching errant crumbs and pet hamsters ($11.99). A Green Sprouts gator, hippo, or pig bath puppet can transform a bath into a playful event and a venue for rehearsing for aquatic operas. A charming newsboy cap ($20) keeps pintsize heads warm and stylish, and a Green Babies “Totally Bananas” romper swaddles either boys or girls in organic cotton accented with nickel-free snap closures ($34).
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
Bed sets, sofas, and barstools populate the showroom at Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace, set up in arrangements of household rooms. In addition to carrying luxury furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and personal aircraft carriers, Decor Furniture & Mattress Showplace specializes in building custom pieces to accommodate room measurements and the creative visions of clients. With more than 300 fabric, color, and leather options, customers can match existing room decor or draw attention away from evidence left from hosting a weekly food-fight club.
These Four Walls specializes in unique, quirky home goods fashioned by craftspeople around the world and the greater Richmond community. Husband-and-wife owners Hank and Angie travel to locales as disparate as Peru and Narnia to find eclectic, often organic or recycled furnishings, accent pieces, and objets d'art. Wash your hands with Row House Soap ($5) made by local artisans and dry them on a decorative towel ($10.50), all the while being silently serenaded by a musician statuette ($14) fashioned from nuts and bolts. Whimsical metal cows ($25) enjoy the aromatherapeutic benefits of scented Trapp candles ($30). Even crafty tots can get in on the action, ogling a fanciful array of toys including the miniature monster-footed stilts ($10.50), manufactured with no harm to monsters, ogres, and/or bogeymen.