Michaelis Mattress Company's factory-trained sales staff does not work on commission, so they can patiently help sleepyheads find the bed best suited to their needs. Snoozers of all sizes can lie down on the padding of their dreams—from full sets ($329+) to queen sets ($369+) and from king sets ($599+) to ruler-of-the-galaxy sets. Enjoy a futuristically plush Tempur-Pedic set (949+) or opt for the classic bounce of a Simmons ($429+) or Sealy ($499+). Every mattress comes with a 30-day trial period and a lowest-price guarantee, so if the buyer finds a price lower than Michaelis’s within 30 days of buying, Michaelis will double the difference in pricing.
The experienced leather doctors at Dickson's Old Cobbler Shoe Repair apply their nimble hands to all manner of footwear. Cobblers can repair the full soles and heels on a pair of men or women's shoes, repair the corkbed and soles on Birkenstocks, or entirely recraft tattered cowboy boots. Technicians keep leathers looking luxurious with a shine job on boots, purses, and jackets, or heighten shoes up to 1.25 inches so customers can finally reach the height required to vote.
Especially for You's staff of thoughtful keepsake keepers maintains an eclectic selection of treasures within a charming boutique atmosphere. Adorn necks with handmade clay Viva Beads ($12.95–$21.95) or craft a custom Brighton charm bracelet (starting at $7.50 per charm), picking silver letters and figures to spell out a loved one's name or a favorite pet's Social Security number. A collection of fragrant Tyler candles ($6–$20) fills smell-starved home spaces with sweet scents, and indoor and outdoor firepots ($15.95+) liven up summertime gatherings in the yard and wintertime parties in an ice replica of a neighbor's bedroom. Especially for You's charming store sates the eyes with walls adorned in art and tables piled high with fruits from the owners' merchandise hunts.
Longtime Columbia resident Chris Moseley opened his Play It Again Sports store in 1997, eventually earning his parent company's Gold Standard Seal for exemplary customer service and for the quality and range of his inventory. The shop's revolving selection outfits athletes of all persuasions with protective apparel and appropriate gear. Cleats, mitts, and baseball bats fill shelves, along with golf clubs and lacrosse sticks. Moseley's shop also supports waterborne sports, such as kayaking and chasing mermaids, as well as wintertime pursuits, such as skiing and chasing snowmen. Exercise equipment such as weights, kettlebells, and treadmills also helps keep bodies in good health.
HandPicked's bauble boutiques brandish original, elegant adornments and sterling-silver jewelry handcrafted by artisans from around the world. HandPicked originals such as the Tiny Twinklers studs ($12) grant wishes for lonely lobes, and bare wrists find themselves encased in the turquoise globes of the For The Nurturing Center bracelet ($32), which pleases its parents by donating a percentage of proceeds to its namesake, a local therapeutic treatment center for child abuse.
Relying on customer testing and a comfort-scale rating, A Goodnight Sleepstore's accessible retailers pair patrons with cushioned name-brand mattresses that coax them into a restful torpor without overnight aches. Staff have coded the shop’s pillow-top, memory-foam, and firm mattresses on a comfort scale of one to six, allowing customers to quickly gauge which mattresses will offer the firmness needed for back sleeping and which are soft enough to conceal stockpiles of pilfered marshmallow crème. The shop also showcases accessories such as bed frames, pillows, and sheets, allowing customers to fully assemble the requirements for their new sleeping situation. Free delivery is available for bed sets $599 and higher, and a 30-day money-back guarantee ensures clients won’t have to toss and turn over whether they made the right decision.