Father-and-son team Robert and Fred Lee worked as homebuilders for years before going into business selling lights in 1965, so they knew how quickly something impressive could rise from a humble foundation. Sure enough, Lee Lighting, their small family company, grew to include a vast online retail shop and one of the largest lighting dealers in Texas. They've even purchased Savoy, a company that designs fixtures to bring cheer to dining rooms and make rooms full of ventriloquist dummies less terrifying.
Lee Lighting stocks shelves with a diverse selection of indoor lamps from brands including ELK Lighting, Quoizel, and Hudson Valley. Staffers certified by the American Lighting Association move beneath the dazzling crystal sprays and faux candles of chandeliers. They suggest outdoor lighting to transform backyards into regal terraces. They also stay abreast of lighting trends to help patrons select lights that will stay in style.
Staffers at America's Mattress stores stock showrooms with sleep-inducing products to fit any preference, whether that's soft and pillowy or solid and firm. Many of the beds are made in Georgia, helping money stay in the local economy. These three shops are locally owned, though they are part of a large national network of mattress stores.
The teams there helps customers upgrade saggy sleeping situations with insomnia-tonics such as Serta perfect sleeper mattresses and Dr. Greene Sleep System beds, which were designed with input from an orthopedic surgeon. Other factory-direct mattresses from Serta include iComfort and Sertapedic. They compliment their vast selection of top-of-the-line mattresses with other bed-related accessories, including deluxe mattress protectors and headboards.
Chef Lee Linton has sliced, diced, and sizzled up countless gourmet dishes for more than 30 years. He combines this hefty culinary experience with his passion for nutrition to craft 1,200- and 1,800-calorie meal plans designed to help health-conscious eaters like himself stay in tiptop shape without sacrificing taste or quality. Linton only uses fresh ingredients, shying away from the frozen, dehydrated, or astronaut-friendly ones often used in other premade meals. The menu, which is approved by an on-staff dietitian, rotates regularly, and meets the guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Cancer Society. After Chef Linton and his team prepare the dishes within a USDA-approved kitchen, they’ll ship the meals directly to clients’ homes or prep them for pickup at one of Fresh ‘n Fit’s 37 locations.
The specialists at Boomerang Sports and Fitness stock a vast collection of new and gently used equipment to facilitate games of baseball, lacrosse, and hockey, as well as general exercise. They frequently receive new items from companies such as Easton, Bauer, Wilson, O'Brien, and Everlast, and strive to keep the latest marvels of sports innovation in their inventory, giving players a competitive edge against robotic point guards. Customers can seek staffers' help in selecting equipment, ensuring that players take to the field with properly fitting pads, helmets, and gear. Used equipment is also available, saving customers the trouble of breaking in and housetraining new gear.
While his wife weaves together boughs to craft holiday wreaths, Dan Skelton draws on more than 20 years of horticultural experience to tend to freshly cut fraser firs. Strolling through an aromatic forest of evergreens from North Carolina, guests choose a tree of the perfect height and width to fill a lonely living-room corner or barricade Scrooge's front door. The fragrant plants festoon festive abodes in a variety of sizes, from 6-foot-tall present shelterers ($40+) to 10-foot-tall ornament hogs ($125+). Revelers augment holiday spirit with 24-inch wreaths hand-woven from emerald branches of fresh pine. Holiday gifts and décor nestle inside a cozy cottage, and visitors gather around a fire to warm chilly fingers by roasting marshmallows, sipping steaming mugs of hot cocoa, or sharing baby photos of their mittens. For every tree sold, GardenWright Nurseries makes a donation to the Make a Wish Foundation.