Houston Hardware & Garden Center has served the home-improvement needs of locals for more than 30 years by carrying tools and trinkets for every corner of residential edifices. Handymen can execute afternoon tasks with brand-new power and hand tools, or consult with staff members before acquiring supplies for plumbing, electrical, or painting projects. A verdant variety of seeds, flowers, and fertilizers wait to populate barren flowerbeds and backyards, and customers can arrange for delivery of planting trees that will one day host a charming tire swing and grow Monopoly money.
Bedzzz Express facilitates the best night’s sleep possible by taking inventory of customers’ sleeping habits to help them choose the perfect mattress. President Keith Krininger credits this practice with Bedzzz Express success, which has resulted in 46 store locations sprinkled across three states. In the showroom, models from brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, Tempurpedic, Serta, and Simmons cushion bodies at rest with a range of comfortable materials including foam and pillow tops that help lull customers to sleep. Mattresses and mattress sets are available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes and can be delivered locally.
Since Stewart Vernon started America’s Swimming Pool Company in 2001, it has blossomed across 11 states and now boasts nearly 100 locations. The company’s Certified Pool Operator–trained professionals oversee more than 60 million gallons of water each week as they clean and maintain residential pools, as well as diagnose issues with pumps or lazy filters that have been letting in swimmers who aren’t wearing ties and jackets. In addition to repairing equipment, the experts can install brand-new systems or entirely renovate pools with retiling and new decks. For hot-tub aficionados, the company outfits homes with Garden Leisure spas, which help to relax aching muscles without the dangers associated with steeping in a witch’s cauldron.
The flower finaglers at Allison's Florist & Gifts tenderly organize an aromatic assortment of floral arrangements using fresh, seasonal flowers. Re-up spring's pollen-clad contract with 10 glossy tulips ($40), or stir stagnant air with a dozen romantic roses while reciting romantic lines from Timecop ($50). Wicker-basket gardens ($45) corral the lively antics of three to four small blooming or green plants, while scented selections can be supplemented with thoughtful additions such as a balloon ($4), a box of local chocolates ($1.95—$4.50) or a plush animal ($6.95+). Silk arrangements, which outlast the most vivacious fresh flowers, are also available ($45+). Allison's Florist does not work with Teleflora or FTD, so all arrangements are conceived and assembled in-house.