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.
For some, the thrill of scouring consignment stores for the perfect gently used designer outfit can't be beat. For others, the thrill of shopping lies in purchasing a great dress that has never been worn by anyone else. Silver Lining Consignment Boutique and DeVon Designer Fashions have both types of shoppers covered.
DeVon Designer Fashions was born to offer women who sold their designer clothes to Silver Lining—but who didn't want to buy consignment items themselves—a place to shop retail. DeVon's new frocks and accessories, from designers such as Aryeh, Veronica M, and Yahada, arrive weekly.
Silver Lining Consignment Boutique was founded by former med-school student Sonja Pettus. Sonja was well-versed in the dual reward of consignment, which allowed her to not only make money on her used clothing, but also to upgrade her wardrobe. Back then, Sonja thought of opening a consignment boutique as an option once she retired. But when the economy took a turn and the country experienced a clothing drought, she decided the time was right, and Silver Lining Consignment Boutique was born.
Today, Sonja and her staff carefully curate the selection of gently-used and new women's clothing, keeping styles fresh and rotating with the seasons. There, ladies can find items from brands such as BCBG, J. Crew, and Yves Saint Laurent.
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.
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.
Harmony Landing stocks an eclectic collection of casual home furnishings, looking both to the owner's traditional Kentucky roots and new home décor trends. Prospective decorators can peruse wood tables, sideboards, and consoles ($400+) with a range of surface finishes, or pick up a glowing lamp ($50+) to cast new light on neglected home offices or send unwelcome fruit-bat squatters packing. Shoppers can also apply this deal toward a larger purchase such as a chair ($700–$1500) or sofa ($1200+). Harmony Landing also boasts an array of gift items, ranging from springtime wreaths and jewelry to insulated to-go cups in eye-popping patterns.
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.