During spring at Jones Orchard, families gather to bound through the territory’s rows of fruit, peeling back leaves to get at the ripest morsels hidden deep within the thicket. Since growing their first peaches more than seven decades ago, the Jones family continues to ripen juicy varieties of peaches, strawberries, and other fruit on their 600-acre farm, eschewing long-distance produce shipping for local distribution, mostly available at farmer’s markets and during the orchard’s pick-your-own fruit season. Inviting families to pick fruit together is one of many ways the Jones family lures visitors to their orchard seasonally—come autumn, the farmers transform the fields into a vast corn maze. Visitors not content to wander the idyllic grounds can enjoy the orchard’s bounty at the Country Café, where matriarch Juanita Jones flavors her fresh pies and preserves with fresh-plucked fruits.
Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
Spanning two adjacent buildings, Sweet Pea purveys an array of gifts, photosynthetic dirt-dwellers, and garden supplies. Shoppers can step into the cottage, dotted with the works of local artists, to browse seasonal items and bath products such as season-specific kitchen towels ($7.99–12.99), skin-quenching Savannah Bee Company royal jelly body butter, or Archipelago soy candles ($32), which send olfactory neurons into party mode. The garden shop next door offers up everything from pizza-seasoning herbs ($2.99+) to a gallon-sized perennial ($12.99+). An artisanal pot ($14.99–49.99) keeps new plants safe from unscrupulous rabbits, and Sweet Pea’s most popular garden stake ($9.99), adorned with three metal bells and a refined fleur-de-lis, adds a metallic touch to lush yards.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
Party Works offers a bevy of costume and decoration options to deck out your home and appendages for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. With hundreds of costumes, wigs, and shoes, Party Works keeps men, women, and children camouflaged with the latest guises. Confuse doppelgangers by donning an Unknown Phantom costume ($19.99), or splurge on an Avatar-inspired Neytiri suit ($54.99). Kids can transform into Optimus Prime without scrounging for car parts ($19.99), and infants or toddlers can be outfitted as Goldie Locks ($28.99) or swaddled in a sweet Sweet Pea ($19.99) sleeper.