Sitting. Lounging. Sleeping. These are just a few of the areas of expertise that the owners of Florida Mattress and Furniture possess. With an inventory that spans from the bedroom to the living room to the home theater, they stand ready to outfit most every nook of a house with name-brand furnishings.
The mattress lineup includes Sealy Posturepedic dual-comfort pillow tops as well as Dormia Dream mattresses with a memory-foam comfort layer. The Aico Trevi dining-room pieces set an elegant stage for family dinners, and the classic styling of the Parker House Hartford Wall entertainment center adds a welcome addition to any family room or pimped-out doghouse.
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 planner helps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
The shelves and pillars that fill Luminarie Designs' gallery bear ceramic sculptures, eclectic jewelry, and vibrant oil paintings from local and national artists alongside glass works that only hint at the artistic ability of instructor Sherry Rice. During three-hour workshops, Sherry guides students of all skill levels through her techniques for staining and fusing glass with lead and copper foil. When not creating new works, Sherry joins Luminarie's staff as they maintain and restore antique or modern glass for homes or businesses, brightening colors and scrubbing away any lingering reflections. Within the studio's workshop, the team can craft custom glass works to decorate front doors, windows, or mantels.
Greenpiece Collectables' owner, Tina McIntosh, goes to great lengths to forge friendships with members of the community visiting her sunny storefront by assembling a spread of fresh-baked bread, coffee, and tea every morning for passersby to take delight in. The shop's friendly staff members––many doubling as working artists––guide treasure hunters through an ever-changing trove of new and vintage wares and even accept requests to track down particular antique heirlooms or long-lost left socks. In the evenings, Tina transforms her shop into an event space for public soirees, including a weekly Girls Night Out.
American MMA’s staff accomplishments include being a three-time world kickboxing champion, winning fifth place at Ms. Fitness USA, earning a fifth-degree black belt, and fighting in mixed-martial-arts matches. They bestow students with their knowledge during kickboxing and jujitsu classes. Other fitness-related workouts include Zumba and Pilates. Specialty kids' fitness classes improve gross motor skills, self-esteem, and discipline practices that can carry over into schoolwork or the top level of Tetris.