Metro Furniture Show's founders started their now multimillion-dollar operation by selling mattresses out of their garage-turned-storefront. Today, they take on big-name furniture companies while staying true to their startup roots, outfitting homes with a wide range of furnishings that they sell for less than traditional retailers sell them.
Visitors the Metro Furniture Show find pieces suitable for all rooms of the home, from sleek leather sofa sets from Fossil and Soho to herds of pillow-top mattresses ideal for cushioning falls in the unlicensed amusement park in the backyard. Metro Furniture Show also outfits homes with appliances and electronics.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
Thirty-eight years ago, while working as a decorator for Sears department store in Fort Worth, Pat Reese met Noah Bazer. Bazer was a master upholsterer who crafted custom slipcovers for stores around town. She asked him to teach her his trade, and he took her on as a student. After four years, she was skilled enough to become his business partner. They worked together as Bazer & Reese for years, and their reputation for high-quality slipcovers spread throughout Texas. In 1990, after Bazer lost his wife of many years, he left the company and moved to Florida.
Today, Reese leads a team of artisans in crafting slipcovers and draperies of the same high quality that Bazer was known for. Customers can peruse a wide variety of fabrics, including eco-friendly green fabrics made from hemp, organic cotton, and other sustainably sourced fibers. The artisans then craft the fabrics into coverings for sofas, chairs, and other furniture. They also create draperies and custom upholstery.
Pam Summers and Raymond Rains share an unusual combination of gallery, glass and clay studios and home on 2.5 acres over looking beautiful pastures. The gallery features the contemporary work of Pam Summers colorful wheel thrown pottery and Raymond's contemporary glass.
The tradition of Sonny Bryan’s award-winning barbecue started more than a century ago on February 13, a date that would become circled on the calendar again and again throughout Bryan’s Barbecue history. February 13, 1910, marked the opening of Elias Bryan’s Oak Cliff restaurant, Bryan's Barbecue. Exactly 20 years later to the day, his eldest son, William “Red” Jennings Bryan, launched his own restaurant. When February 13 rolled around again 28 years later, Elias’ grandson, William "Sonny" Jennings Bryan Jr., and his wife, Joanne, opened another restaurant, the first Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse.
Although a different Dallas family now manages multiple locations of the restaurant chain in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the legendary barbecue lives on. Sonny Bryan's original barbecue sauce spices up its savory pulled meats and ribs, which have been devoured by famous entertainers, sports legends, and A-list celebrities alike. Sonny's seasoned chefs also cater heaps of smoked brisket and jalapeño sausage to parties and events.
Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse has been on the culinary radar since 1989, snapping up awards and publicity from Food Network, the Travel Channel’s Man V. Food Nation and 101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown, and Emeril Lagasse’s The Originals with Emeril. The modest joints have also earned some highbrow epicurean chops through a 2006 Zagat rating and a 2000 James Beard Foundation award for Culinary Excellence and Achievement.