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.
After cans of soda and bottles of beer pass their expiration date, they don't go to the landfill. Thanks to the crew at Silver Creek Materials, the liquids inside are instead used to prepare nutrient-rich compost, which will nourish and sustain local gardens, lawns, and flowerbeds. Leaving nothing to waste, the crew recycles all the glass, metal, and plastic packaging.
Though making compost is only a small part of Silver Creek Materials' business, the aversion to waste and commitment to the environment reflects the company's focus on eco-friendly operations. When mining sands and soils, the staff works carefully to prevent adverse effects on the land or water, winning a Texas Environmental Excellence Award in 1997. The company also recycles organic materials such as trees, grass clippings, and fussy children's bread crusts.
The accommodating staff at Sunflower Shoppe helps guide visitors to healthier lifestyles with expert advice and an expansive collection of vitamins, supplements, and natural foodstuffs. Shoppers can boost circulatory systems with celery-seed extract from Natural Factors ($19.95), imbibe protein with Power Crunch protein energy bars ($1.39), and cleanse palates with Crazy Water natural mineral water ($4.49). Lily of the Desert styling spray ($8.69) enables coiffures to stand tall with organic ingredients, and Hyland's leg-cramps ointment ($9.19) soothes hard-working gams tuckered out from running marathons or sitting too long in the same position while watching marathons. Sunflower Shoppe's array of natural, organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian grocery items range from condiments and snacks to fresh and frozen foods.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
Berry Patch, which threaded its first darning needle in 1977, caters to stitching savants with a patchwork of fabric and sewing essentials, as well as sewing classes. Specialty patterns start at $9.99, and breathe-easy cotton and batik yardage ($10.49/yard) are ideal mediums for a fashionable sundress or a hand-sewn bulletproof vest.