Since 1979, Criswell Furniture has supplied high-quality and custom furniture to discerning denizens of Alabama and the Florida panhandle. In-store shoppers can sample snuggles on items such as the stone and camel loveseat ($349.95), a sand-and-bone color combination more comforting than stepping on triceratops jaws at the beach. Fatigued footsies can kick back and relax on a chocolate-brown ottoman ($149.95), or rest on one of the 400T Three-Pack tables ($199.95 for the set), despite sparks of protest from the robot-maid. Browsers in need of help are invited to fill out a Perfect Furniture process application to filter through the shop's stock of home goods based on their available space, preferred color palate, and attachment to their siracha dispenser. Criswell's staffers use the survey results in conjunction with a virtual room planner to find ideal matches and send corresponding photos to clients through email or e-carrier pigeon.
Guests step into locally-owned-and-operated High Point Furniture's 20,000-square-foot showroom, perusing high-end furniture and home-décor accents from top manufacturers to gracefully populate domicile quarters. The expansive showroom is lined in elegant pieces ranging in style from traditional to Victorian to modern, boasting renowned brands including Baker, Hickory White, and Lexington. Shoppers can invest in contemporary or formal dining-room seating ($225–$499) to foster classy games of musical chairs. To liven up a dark living room, patrons can illuminate spaces with a set of wall sconces or a floor or table lamp ($99–$199), or work through identity queries in the reflection of a mirror ($199–$499). A selection of designer fabrics ($6–$30/yard) helps patrons create custom curtains or upholster seats in hot-air balloons.
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, dining-room furniture from top designers, including 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.
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.
Party Works offers a bevy of costume and decoration options to deck out your home and appendages for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. With hundreds of costumes, wigs, and shoes, Party Works keeps men, women, and children camouflaged with the latest guises. Confuse doppelgangers by donning an Unknown Phantom costume ($19.99), or splurge on an Avatar-inspired Neytiri suit ($54.99). Kids can transform into Optimus Prime without scrounging for car parts ($19.99), and infants or toddlers can be outfitted as Goldie Locks ($28.99) or swaddled in a sweet Sweet Pea ($19.99) sleeper.
While meandering past more than 250 exhibitors, guests of the Kentuck Festival of the Arts can peruse artful wares during the weekend-long exploration of visual arts, music, and food. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the festival welcomes visitors to amble under a canopy of trees and feast eyes on artisans' endeavors in blacksmithing, split-oak basketry, pottery, colorful found-object sculpture, and accounting. Live music flutters about the festival from eight bands across two stages, delighting ears with surging gospel choirs and twangy country singers. Taste buds, too, bask in artistic attention, salivating over Cajun fare or saucy ribs, or mistaking a still-life gyro for its edible muse.