Spread out in organized clusters across an expansive 17,000-square-foot show room, unfinished wooden furniture lies teeming with potential. Unlike traditional pieces, which must be carefully selected to match one's home décor, Naked Furniture's mostly American-made products can be customized with the stain or paint color of one's choosing. The collection includes pieces for every room of the house, including bedroom furniture such as nightstands, kitchen adornments such as cabinets, and living-room pieces such as television consoles or Victorian-style entertainment centers, also known as "bookshelves." Each item is crafted from solid wood or plywood and is particleboard- and MDF-free.
Bedecking bedrooms, living rooms, and home offices for almost a century, the furniture fiends at Rubin's seek out the finest in formal, casual, classic, and chic furniture design and manufacturing. Peruse the haute hoard of home furnishings, which range from area rugs, futons, chairs, and patio furniture to accent pieces such as trunks, coat racks, and cocoa-flavored candelabras.
In 1958, Guy Day and Dale Williams founded their mattress store with a focus on high-quality products and excellent customer service. After 10 years, the partners unveiled their line of handcrafted, personalized mattress sets under the name Verlo, a combination of their wives' names—Verna and Lois. After more than 40 years, the company has perfected its craft, manufacturing customized mattresses and selling them directly through their show rooms. The stock ranges from plush pillowtops to firm sets, both capable of supporting healthy sleeping patterns and cutthroat pillow fights for years to come.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
When a baby room takes the place of a man cave, once-cherished leather couches and entertainment centers often wind up curbside, waiting for their ride to the landfill. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore saves furniture from an untimely demise and stocks new and used building materials, using the proceeds to help to create affordable homes for the city's low-income families. Manufacturers, businesses, contractors, and individuals regularly stop in to donate a variety of items ranging from caulk to file cabinets to paintbrushes. The mostly volunteer staff at ReStore spent 2010 keeping more than 730,000 pounds of usable supplies out of landfills and trash mountains.
Certified reflexologist MaryAnn Stimmell, who is also a practitioner of reiki, acupressure, and massage, applies pressure to hands, feet, and outer ears to unblock chakras's energy flow, improve circulation, and restore balance and relaxation. Her approach is based on the belief that, like open-heart surgeons and blindfolds, the mind, soul, and body function best together, and that every individual can access an optimal level of balance and peace. Stimmell is also a certified practitioner of aromatherapy, which she folds into her center's reflexology services.