At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s warehouse. Pick up a Matrix accent chair in a bevy of academic hues, such as scarlet, black, and chocolate brown, then use it to accent your next book-club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. Ashley Furniture's wide selection of sofas ($299+) make symbiotic pairs with night stands and side tables (available for under $100). Augment somnolence and fill the skeletal squares of empty bed frames with mattress sets from household brands such as Simmons and Ashley's own Ashley Sleep.
Certified reflexologist MaryAnn Stimmell, who is also a practitioner of reiki, acupressure, and massage, applies pressure to hands, feet, and outer ears to unblock chakras's energy flow, improve circulation, and restore balance and relaxation. Her approach is based on the belief that, like open-heart surgeons and blindfolds, the mind, soul, and body function best together, and that every individual can access an optimal level of balance and peace. Stimmell is also a certified practitioner of aromatherapy, which she folds into her center's reflexology services.
Creative Fire Art & Pottery Studio has a roomy workspace where adults and kids can learn the craft of clay. The facility hosts day and evening classes. There’s also open studio time, where students can come and go as they please to finish building a piece or see if their clay pigeon has morphed into a real pigeon. In party packages, you and a group of friends can get a room to yourselves to work with clay under the advisement of an instructor. It’s also worth it to stop in Creative Fire Art & Pottery Studio’s gallery, which feature a number of original pottery pieces.
Shoppers descend upon WG&R Furniture, a family-owned business for more than 65 years, to furnish their dwellings with bedroom, kitchen, and living-room fixtures from respected national brands such as Simmons, Signature Design by Ashley, and La-Z-Boy. Customers can store pocket change and secret jelly-bean collections beneath the cushy pillows of a Broyhill sofa ($629.99), which can grace abodes in patterns ranging from corduroy to houndstooth, or compliment their existing sofa with a Leik Furniture oval side table ($149.99). The plush Signature Design by Ashley power-reclining sofa conforms to softly support relaxing bodies ($949.99), and the five-piece Signature Design by Ashley dining set bears the load during dinner parties ($419.99). Those looking for seating options in game rooms can opt for the Amisco bar and game room stool ($139.99). Customers slumber soundly on a Sealy Posturepedic queen set, which doubles as a pad for perfect pole-vaulting skills ($589.99).
Lloyd's Photo & Digital has been helping customers harvest sweet shutterfruits for more than 50 years and can help bring your lenswork into the digital era. Video-to-DVD conversions take beloved VHS, Hi-8, VHS-C, DVC, or 8mm movies and transfer the film to DVD, giving once-inaccessible home movies vibrant new digital life. Transfers are made in real time, and each video is returned attached to its corresponding DVD to eliminate confusion. Pop in to Lloyd’s to talk cameras with owner Todd Kresheck, or stay home and talk popcorn with your portrait of Orville Redenbacher after mailing or shipping your videos to Lloyd's, which will return them promptly.