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.
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.
Classic Home Decor peppers its 4,500-square-foot showroom with like-new upscale furnishings, arranged into classic and modern tableaux that tickle the brain's design cortex. Only gently used pieces get past Classic Home Decor's garden-gnome bouncer and make it into the inventory—ensuring quality and couches free of incompatible rear-end indentations. A mirror and shelf ($39.99) adds a bohemian flourish to any abode when paired with a Tiffany-style lamp ($99.99), and a pair of rattan trunks ($31.99) look as though they were designed to hold collections of crumbling treasure maps and eldritch grimoires. The leather barrel end table ($99.99) can be used to store either remote controls or ferment mead, and a Greek male bust ($69.99) imbues dinner parties with just the right dose of stylish nudity. Classic Home Decor’s friendly atmosphere makes newcomers feel right at home, although they are still urged not to clutter the showroom with their action figures.
Guests step into locally-owned-and-operated High Point Furniture's 20,000-square-foot showroom, perusing high-end furniture and home-décor accents from top manufacturers to gracefully populate domicile quarters. The expansive showroom is lined in elegant pieces ranging in style from traditional to Victorian to modern, boasting renowned brands including Baker, Hickory White, and Lexington. Shoppers can invest in contemporary or formal dining-room seating ($225–$499) to foster classy games of musical chairs. To liven up a dark living room, patrons can illuminate spaces with a set of wall sconces or a floor or table lamp ($99–$199), or work through identity queries in the reflection of a mirror ($199–$499). A selection of designer fabrics ($6–$30/yard) helps patrons create custom curtains or upholster seats in hot-air balloons.
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.
Recently big-upped in Southern Living, Seibels accessorizes cottages, ranch houses, and bare subterranean bunkers alike with a vast array of quaint, high-quality furnishings and gifts. Embroidered pillows such as the endearing Chocolate Lab hooked pillow ($79) make couches and hastily assembled barbed-wire hammocks feel even more comfortable, and vintage signage distinguishes domiciles from their standoffish surroundings with a customizable welcome posting ($45). Hickory steak knives ($79) stand up to sawing at even the toughest T-bones, and a lazy susan made from the top of an oak wine cask ($158) underscores family-style feasts with a vintner's insignia that—like the name Jason—renders it utterly unique in the world. The swinging bed ($1,995) can be set up inside or outside, allowing for a unique sleeping experience anywhere. Seibels’ friendly, knowledgeable staff helps customers determine the best way to furnish a den, as well as how the right lighting sconces can make a bedroom look less flooded with maple syrup.