Within Tag Ur It’s family-owned indoor play center, youngsters glide down slides, rock atop spring horses, and leap about in bounce houses. After emerging from the inflatable obstacle course, kids scamper off to the arcade to battle fictional opponents or challenge their less-pixilated playmates to rounds on the mini-golf course, bouts in the laser-tag arena, and bean-bag flinging at the corn-hole station. Along with open-play sessions, Tag Ur It accommodates guests with a trio of birthday-party packages where up 20 children can enjoy a two-hour party block.
Founded by the creators of Carolina Pottery in 2013, Home South offers affordable, southern-influenced décor to fill houses with style and charm. Browse the shop’s carefully curated merchandise, ranging from weather-friendly furniture for the patio to bottles of wine for the cupboard. In the outdoor cushions and pillows section, you’ll find textiles designed to withstand the elements. Embrace your inner craft-maker or interpretive dancer at the ribbons and floral department. There are colorful pots and pans alongside baking sheets and mixing bowls in the kitchenware department.
With an experienced, personable staff and diverse selection of jewelry, Main Street Jewelers takes its bling seriously. Disgruntled forty-niners can browse a selection of stunning sterling-silver charms, chains, rings, bracelets, necklaces, jodhpurs, and earrings, as well as Beadle beads ($20–$32) that fit on most brand-name bracelets. The shop also stocks a full line of Concept earrings ($10–$45), designed for those with allergies and sensitive ears, and a display case full of sterling-silver Beadle bracelets ($59) eager to dress up bare wrists. A range of new and estate gold and silver items ($60+) bring dreams of owning Blackbeard’s dog’s golden bicuspid that much closer to reality. The old-fashioned jewelry boutique boasts an on-staff bench jeweler, a goldsmith, and a watchmaker to repair broken treasures, recreate favorite pieces, and clean up tarnished trimmings.
Mattress Direct and America's Mattress give somnambulant snoozers a place to rest weary heads with comfortable, supportive mattresses and sturdy box springs. Drift off on a Serta Perfect Sleeper, a mattress coaxing numbered lambs into soothing slumber for more than 75 years. Each mattress features an ultra-soft top and back-friendly firm springs below ($414+ for a twin, $135+ for box springs). A Vera Wang mattress allows couture catnaps with the choice of traditional innerspring or all-foam models, all crafted with chic detail and style ($689+ for mattresses, $160+ for box springs). The iComfort mattress meshes memory foam and supportive gel to whisk heat and tension away from reposing bodies. All Serta mattresses also include a doze-defending warranty.
McDonnell Horticulture Inc. gives bloom-seekers a means to finally realize dreams of colorful, lush outdoor spaces by opening the doors of its retail garden center. Stroll amid verdant rows of plants at the 220-acre nursery, selecting foliage to highlight a home’s natural-landscape beauty or visiting flock of flamingos, such as a rhododendron ($39.95) or an azalea in a 3-gallon pot ($12). On-site propagation leads numerous debutante plants to make grand entrances each year, bestowing vibrant charms on friendly gardeners in hopes of being selected for coveted spots in flower beds and kitchen-table centerpieces.