In Great Balls of Yarn's four boutiques, knitters and crocheters of all experience levels browse more than 20,000 balls of yarn, including luxurious fibers from Trendsetter and Noro as well as hand-dyes from Prism and Malabrigo. Talented fiber artists guide knitters and crocheters as they transform vibrant fibers into wearable works of art during beginner through advanced classes. Project-specific sessions focus on creating table runners, borders for blankets, and baby booties to keep wee ones' feet warm and steps soundless during midnight refrigerator raids. Amid the shops' soft lighting, tapestries intermix with shelves of color-coded worsted and washable yarns alongside cashmeres and silks. Great Balls of Yarn also arms textile technicians with needles, notions, and books full of inspiration and yarn-charming incantations.
Performance Films Window Tinting uses quality products to tincture the glass of cars and homes, dramatically improving life on the other side. By making windows opaque from the outside, technicians block out UV rays that overheat motorists and fade the colors of delicate interiors. When applied to home windows, tinting can dramatically reduce energy costs and help maintain consistent temperatures. The techs also enhance the cool factor from inside the car, accessorizing auto interiors with GPS systems, audio and visual components, and alarms.
South Florida Furniture Direct stocks hundreds of overstocked, closeout, and discontinued furniture from brands such as Simmons, Ashley Furniture, and Coaster Fine Furniture inside a sprawling warehouse space. Hail Mary a new television stand ($150) into a suburban rec room to frame a pigskin play-by-play before watching the game in a luxe black leather recliner ($190+). New futon beds ($199+) add extra sleep-space to bedrooms, and three-piece coffee-table sets ($199+) in myriad finishes, including dark wood, gussy up living rooms. All items include a factory warranty, and layaway is available. Since South Florida Furniture Direct is only open to the public a few times a year, call ahead or tap out a telegram to make an appointment to visit the warehouse.
Nasa Memory Foam of Palm Beach eases customers into a more satisfying slumber with an array of American-made memory-foam mattresses, all backed by a 30-day, no-questions-asked guarantee. Two layers of form-hugging foam comprise each 6-inch mattress for a healthy balance of softness and support, including a 4-inch firm base and a cushier 2-inch top, adhered to each other by a wholesome spread of feather-light marshmallow fluff. Originally utilized in NASA airplane seats during the 1960s, the pliable, cushioned slices unburden dozers' pressure points by distributing heat and body weight evenly across their surfaces. Snug in hypoallergenic nests, sleepers can make the migration to dream territory in better time without worrying about freeloading dust mites.
The tingle of Nioxin shampoo on the scalp. The comforting heat of Campbell's lather. The gentle, yet exhilarating scrape of a straight razor against the face's contours. At GoodFella's Barbershop, financier John Young and barber Jeremy Forshee immerse guests in old-fashioned care along with an Italian mob–inspired theme. The co-owners let their love of vintage barbering and gangster films shine through across the shop's two levels, whose walls bear black-and-white mobster photos and exposed-brick details, and whose wood-grain workstations provide ideal backdrops for mustache-flexing competitions.
Services take guests on treks from traditional shampoo bowls to leather-bound swivel chairs, where verbal consultations help barbers to understand each client's desired look. Lather and steaming towels prepare skin for traditional shaves, and complimentary water bottles slake midsession thirst. Each station also features its own air compressor, whose hoses gently sweep fallen hair from even the most staticky polar-bear costume.
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.