Since 1947, Mid-City Supply Co.’s friendly staffers have helped avid home improvers to outfit their digs in premium products. Nowadays, the experienced showroom staff displays much smarter fixtures, from faucets that turn on with the tap of a hand to eco-friendly water heaters powered by domesticated dragons. Though technology has changed, the company keeps quality high, stocking name brands such as Delta, American Standard, Toto, Gerber, Brizo, and Elkay. Customers can check out items in person at one of six showrooms in two states. To give back to the communities that helped them to grow, the company regularly donates to United Way.
Seven-time winner of the South Bend Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Award, Mattress Warehouse stocks more than 1,000 name-brand mattresses, offering an array of innerspring, memory-foam, latex, and adjustable beds from manufacturers such as Serta, International Bedding, Sleep Logic, and Scandinavian. Sheep-counting customers can dive into recurring barnyard dreams resting atop twin mattress sets (starting at $199), Queen Memory Foam pillowtop sets (starting at $599), and Serta Perfect Day queen sets (starting at $1,499).
Michiana Furniture Gallery's visitors saunter around a 20,000-square-foot showroom while feasting their eyes on a variety of home accouterments by brands such as Craftmaster, Basset, Serta, Ashley, and Lane. Sit down, kick back, or sprawl out on a collection of Ashley recliners ($259+) and sofas ($599+), relax on a queen mattress memory foam set ($480), or cover up secret passageways from the kitchen to the ice-cream parlor with a soft area rug ($99+). In addition, Michiana offers a variety of new artwork and domicile accessories arrive monthly, and accommodating staff is on hand to offer interior-design advice and suggestions.
Since 1982, Town & Country Flowers & Gifts has been filling vases with fragrant bursts of color and making gift-giving easy with treats and home accessories. Bouquets such as the vibrant, multihued Make a Wish translate cheery statements into botanical displays, which can be picked up at the boutique, sent directly to recipients, or delivered to a variety of local hospitals and funeral homes. The shop stocks more than just flowers—morsels by South Bend Chocolate Company melt atop tongues, Village Candles accent homes with flickering flames, and Russ teddy bears offer an alternative to genuine grizzlies, whose wrapping-paper phobia makes them an impractical present.
Crestwoods Frame Shop and Gallery protects clients' cherished paintings and possessions and displays work from celebrated local and regional artists. The studio boasts more than 2,500 types of frames, paired with acid-free archival materials and UV glass to reduce fading. The staff also restores old photographs and provides crisp, professional digital printing services.
Backyards' locally made gifts and décor items enliven exterior and interior spaces, with many recyclable and green pieces such as woodenwares harvested from sustainable forests. Assorted merchandise displays an eclectic mix of modern and retro styles as it mingles on the showroom floor, with birdhouses ($19.99), freezable wine-bottle coolers ($9.99), and eco-friendly throw rugs made from candy-bar wrappers ($29.99) sharing style tips and ideas for transforming a gazebo into an avian nightclub. Outdoor furniture, including Napa fire pots ($15.99) and metal retro-style chairs ($69.99), populates backyards and patios, and miniature gardening accessories such as small-scale benches and chairs ($4–$7) bring mini gardens to life so that ambitious chihuahuas have something to guard.