"Funky" isn't a word typically associated with hardware stores, but that's exactly how Amy and David Doyle describe Sunset Ridge Home & Hardware. Upon opening the place in 1995, the pair envisioned a one-stop hardware and home-improvement haven that shook off the sawdust and embraced the unconventional in ways that didn't include slapping googly eyes on every two-by-four. That's why the San Antonio Express-News' $hopGirl can cite a unique selection of Curly Girl wall hangings, hooded towels, and Texas cookbooks beside traditional tools and housewares sourced from Ace Hardware. An epic spread of Benjamin Moore paints and Breville kitchen products create an ocular feast for fixer-uppers as handcrafted soaps and fragrant candles ignite olfactory senses. Seasoned staffers roam the aisles, touting talents that include knife sharpening, key cutting, and lamp repair in addition to several other services.
All three stores serve platters of furniture and home accents in an assortment of colors, textures, and designs. House outfitters can use Furnish 123's Create Your Own Space online service to see how the furniture might look at home or inside a private jet. For under $200, the three-piece table sets include clean lines and the classic dark wood of the Ripley collection or the softer curve of the Aspen collection. Three-piece bedroom sets keep sleeping a realistic goal and include a headboard, dresser, and mirror. Living rooms can be accessorized with bookcases ($199), recliners ($299), and more than 40 sofas ($399) plus a host of colorful, decorative pillows that are not filled with batteries.
Armoires & Accents spruces up dull spaces with its eclectic selection of home furnishings, steeped in exclusiveness and quality. Working with designers in India, Peru, and Mexico, Armoires & Accents directly imports its domicile attire, from accenting pillows, candles, and artwork to room-complementing tables and bedroom sets and wish-granting antiques. Pick up an elaborate iron candelabra ($290) for spooky, yet stylish poetry readings, or take a seat on a woven Ana Waterhyacinth chair ($178). The Indian Biedermeier side table ($280) provides a glamorous home for lamps, keys, and other traditional pocket contents, and the Abu urn ($159) makes a chic housewarming gift or statement piece.
Since 1977, Factory Mattress Sales has helped patrons create comfortable sleeping environments within their homes. At locations throughout Austin and San Antonio, they stock mattresses crafted by trusted brands ranging from Sealy to Simmons to Tempur-Pedic. Shoppers can peruse beds with features including Beautyrest pocketed coils, temperature-regulated surfaces, or memory foam that records imprints of dreams, and they can also find items such as bed frames and pillows.
Selection isn't the only reason to visit Factory Mattress Sales. A 111% price guarantee undercuts competitors' pricing, and a 366-night comfort guarantee allows patrons to test out beds for more than a full year. Extensive background checks ensure that the delivery drivers who chauffeur beds to homes are careful and courteous.
While sports fans take in the game and families enjoy the full-size kids playground, char-grilled burgers sizzle in the kitchen at Old West Burgers, which accentuates them with mouthwatering toppings such as guacamole, chili, and bacon. The eatery earned praise from the San Antonio Express-News for its "Chalupacabra Cheeseburger," which layers refried beans, a chalupa, and melted cheddar atop a beef patty. Old West's cooks play around with different patties on the grill, flipping lean bison burgers and topping turkey or chicken burgers with cheese and jalapenos. Patrons can also request Texas toast or a gluten-free bun on their sandwiches or hats.