Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
Since 1947, family-owned Foote Brothers Furniture has decorated dwellings with a selection of sofas, recliners, bedroom sets, and tables. Make over homely homes with a King Hickory sofa ($1,769), perfect for kicking back during audiences with insubordinate serfs. Pair Denney lamps ($169) with a Null lamp table ($159) to introduce artful accents, or relax regally in a leather La-Z-Boy recliner ($1,199). Other offerings include a Hammary Sutton cocktail table ($199), a Butler accent table ($369), and a Best accent chair ($509).
Stocking lauded furniture brands, including Lloyd Flanders and Brown Jordan, the adept designers at Blackjack Gardens help chic-seeking customers find couches, chairs, and trimmings to outfit their roofless retreats. Among the extensive collection are simple and stylish sling seats such as the Crimson Casual Bayside chair ($159). The shop's array of accessories, including Vietri Aladdin outdoor silverware ($20–$99) and planters, primp patios. Deck dwellers will also find myriad ways to spruce up dining digs with seat-soothing cushions and Treasure Garden outdoor umbrellas, which offer protection from the harsh sun and privacy from the eavesdropping moon.
A row of gleaming handles awaits customers at 32 Degrees, with each serving station unleashing a unique flavor of frozen yogurt tasty enough to warrant press mentions from the Birmingham News and Oxford Sun. Guests peruse the frosty options, serving themselves swirls of nonfat treats such as orchard peach or no-sugar-added Tahitian vanilla. The meltable technicolor mountains can be topped with more than 50 options, including roasted almonds, fresh seasonal fruit, candies, cereals, and pieces of used gift cards. Flavors rotate frequently, allowing repeat customers to gradually work their way through more than 40 flavor possibilities.
Moxii specializes in transforming student apartments and non-student homes with professionally selected items in a variety of textures, patterns, and colors. Fix broken items fashionably with the pretty girl tool set ($38), brighten up dull design with a ceramic wall sconce with tea light ($48), or snooze on straight style with a couple of apple blossom pillows ($25). Savvy Egyptian cotton bath towels ($14.95 each) let you dry off in a hue of your choice while the Regina laundry bag ($68) makes dirty laundry feel like runway models that haven't taken a shower in days. You can also purchase two Groupons and combine them toward larger purchases such as the customer favorite Damask quilt ($159), a beautifully crafted quilt that tastefully updates the ancient design with patterned color contrasts.
Mattress King's wide selection of mattresses from well-known brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Embody, and Stearns & Foster run the firmness and texture gamut, giving sleepers of all shapes and sizes a shot at a good night's rest. Sealy's Posturepedic queen-sized Spirited supports dreamers with a comfortable durability ($409 for the mattress, $699 for the set). Dozers with a penchant for luxurious expediency snooze on the Stearns & Foster Bradenburg queen-sized bed, which lends backsides a plush surface and a patient ear as they complain about lousy desk chairs ($719 for the mattress, $1,169.10 for the set), or opt to bounce to another to decide which size fits the mold.