Beneath a canopy of towering palms, visitors to Sarasota Children’s Garden trace a winding pathway around a koi pond and animal topiaries. The idyllic environs stem from owner Joan Condon’s vision to provide a playspace immersed in Sarasota’s natural beauty. Garden curators hone in on nature’s whimsical side, dotting the premises with fairy gardens and sculptures of mythical creatures. Beyond providing ample space for frolicking and befriending retired tooth fairies, the garden also strives to introduce stewardship to young minds with classes and events.
The Collectors Wall Fine Art Gallery, a working gallery and framing venture owned by art enthusiasts Len and Kaye Gionfriddo and helmed by their son Gregg, has paired admirers with art and art with frames for more than a quarter of a century. The gallery experts outline posters and photographs with simple or elaborate frames and matting, and then top art with nonglare or UV glass so that it can be hang beautifully above mantels, in hallways, and off rearview mirrors. Framers also aid patrons in designing shadow boxes for jersey and sports-memorabilia displays and adding elegantly beveled frames to mirrors. In addition, The Collectors Wall sells rare prints, posters, and the brushwork of accomplished artists.
Plush mattresses from brands such as Serta, Simmons, Latex Bliss, and iComfort line the expansive show room at Sleep King, where same-day delivery ensures clients can choose a slumber surface and sleep on it that same night. Mattress materials run the gamut in styles, from traditional innerspring to body-conforming memory foam and muscle-relaxing latex foam. After testing these comfortable surfaces by simulating a night terror atop each one, visitors can peruse Sleep King’s selection of headboards, frames, and futons from Gold Bond.
The specialists at America's Mattress, a locally owned and operated company, believe that a good night's sleep is an essential prerequisite to a productive day. That's why they stock four types of mattresses—innerspring, foam, individually wrapped coil designs, and iComfort models with cooling gel—to accommodate each customer's unique preferences and ensure optimal sleeping conditions. Visitors to the store can browse brands such as Serta, DreamHaven, and Tempur-Pedic. The shop has also posted helpful shopping tips to guide customers when they set out to buy a new mattress.
At Say It With Stitches, customers can personalize their household goods and wares with monogramming services. In addition to doing the embroidering, the store can help clients find something to have embroidered with a stock of blank slates such as T-shirts, polos, and fleece. Its cache also includes non-clothing items such as Tervis tumblers, needlepoint accessories from By Paige, and monogrammed handbags from Queen Bea. Once the canvas is picked, the store’s online interface processes customers’ personal logos for stitching onto the items for simple custom jobs. The shop also specializes in Bernina sewing-machine sales and repair, and offers classes in which students can learn sewing basics such as stitching a garment, hemming pants, and piecing together a stuffed Frankenstein’s monster out of old teddy bears.