25th Anniversary Event

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It’s hard to believe 4 years have passes since we opened up our sleep shop on Plaza Boulevard and 25 years since Jim Gardner founded the original Gardner’s at the Regency Shopping Center. The original store had tons of bedroom furniture and accessories, as well as a robust selection of Waterbeds (remember those?!) and was one of the first in Lancaster County to carry a small upstart mattress brand called Tempur-Pedic.

Things have changed since those early days but one thing that remains is our commitment to Helping You Wake Up Happy and Pain Free. We don’t do the usual commission races and daily salesperson specials that our competition enjoys. We listen to what you need and use our vast knowledge base to pair you up with the sleep system that you need.

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we’re running a special sales event. Basically, everything but our mattresses are on sale.

  • $25 Basic Pillows, Frames, Sheet Sets and most mattress Foundations!
  • 25% off Premium Pillows, Frames, Sheet Sets, Mattress Protectors, Headboards and Motion Bases!
  • $25 Gift Card to Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes or Dunkin’ Donuts w/ purchase of $999 and up!
  • Enter to win a $500 Visa Gift Card!

It really is one of the best Specials we’ve ever run. Stop by either of our Sleep Shops to learn more and find the perfect match. We’ll help you save a bunch of money as well. This special runs throughout the Summer and ends on August 8th.

 

Summer Pallet Projects

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We have a wide selection of bedroom and sleep accessories here at Gardner’s: Adjustable Foundations, Pillows, Sheets, Frames and every type of Mattress you could think of. Those mattresses are delivered every week via tractor trailer to our warehouse at our Plaza Boulevard location. Sometimes these deliveries come with an added bonus: Wooden Pallets!

Ok, that was a hard sell with the exclamation point, wooden pallets aren’t very interesting…. Unless you’re crafty and need a DIY project for the Summer. These leftover pallets could be transformed into almost anything you could think of. Best of all, if you have a truck or van to remove them, go for it. Free pallets for you!

The Internets are filled with crafty ideas of the wooden pallet variety… I won’t go into detail, as a simple Google search will give you 1 Million+ results, but I will highlight a few of my personal favorites.

First off, it helps to know how to identify a potential pallet. You probably wouldn’t want to build a coffee table out of a pallet that was used for hauling chemicals around and luckily there are markings to look for. 

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Now that we know to look for a code and the two big no-no’s (Methyl Bromide and Painted/Colored Wood Pallets), it’s time to start the project! Note that Gardner’s does not receive any chemicals so in our pallet pile the only thing you should look for is the MB code.

Here’s a few neat ideas to get you started. There are thousands of other ideas out there, take a look and let us know if you find anything you’d like to try.

 

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Have you done something like this already? Share a photo with us on our facebook page, we’d love to see what our crafty customers are up to!

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Blue Light Blues

As we learn more about exactly how blue light disrupts our natural ability to produce Melatonin, and in turn robs us from the sleep we need, more products are popping up that claim to help us overcome our sleepless nights. The idea has been around since 1958 in regards to marine animals, however it has made a comeback in the Digital Renaissance that we currently reside.

The concept is, any blue-tinted light that your brain processes after a certain hour of the day actually tricks your brain into thinking it’s much earlier in the day than it really is. This delays the Melatonin production in your brain and, in turn, the normal chemical function of a healthy brain. We need Melatonin to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling refreshed.

The main culprit of this deficiency is gazing upon your glorious cell phone before you go to bed. Watching television or screen time in front of a computer also can trick the brain.

So, instead of picking up a book (remember those) an hour before bedtime, technology has begun to catch up with the preliminary research.

Backyard astronomers have always used a flashlight with a red-tinted filter to make their way around their outdoor workspaces, as the red wavelength is easier on the eyes. Instead of a normal flashlight, which would cause the eyes to constantly readjust, a red-tinted light is a happy medium between seeing what you are doing in the dark night sky and not disrupting your sight.

So now we have a range of accessories and Apps to help filter that nasty blue light out. One company now sells Orange-Tinted glasses as a way to reduce those blue waves, while also allowing oneself to look totally cool like Bono from U2. Another App developer has a free product called “Twilight”, an Android App that can be programmed to gradually eliminate the blue light from your screen at certain times of the day. I use this app on a daily basis and it makes nighttime browsing easier on the eyes. It seems to do what it advertises… I even find myself dreaming more and feeling a bit more rested on a day-to-day basis.

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So while the science is still streaming in, it does seem that living in these technological times has some downsides. Our sleep shouldn’t be affected, however it’s obvious that it is.

Have you tried any “Blue Light” apps or products? If so, let us know in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

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Further Reading:

US National Library of Medicine: “What’s in a Color? The Unique Human Health Benefits of Blue Light”

Harvard Studies

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The Dream Room – Only at Gardner’s!

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One thing that separates us from the Big Box competitors, besides our transparent pricing policy, our Sleep Assessments, our outstanding Customer Service, winning Lancaster Newspaper’s “Reader’s Choice” Award 5 years in a row and our witty, handsome sales team, is The Dream Room.

The Dream Room is a unique find in the sea of mattress shoppes because the philosophy behind it is simple: Try Before you Buy.

We know how difficult it is to sort through the task of buying a new mattress. With so many unique and varied options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with data, propaganda and overbearing, pushy salespeople who don’t see clients walking through their front doors, they see big floppy dollar signs. We do things a bit differently here at Gardner’s. By addressing individual concerns one may have (allergies, hot sleepers, acid reflux, etc.) and matching you up with your best options, we take your sleep very seriously. Once you narrow your choice down to one or two options, you still may not know if it’s the right choice for you. This is where Gardner’s Dream Room comes in handy.

The process is simple. Let us know which  mattress you’d like to try before you buy. A $50 deposit (which acts as a deposit on whichever mattress you choose) is placed and an appointment is made. We suggest booking 1-3 hours for your appointment. On the day of your appointment, we’ll set up the Dream Room with your preferred mattress. All the sheets and pillows are provided, although some people like to bring their own pillows. When you arrive, you’ll be shown to the Dream Room and given the privacy to converse with a spouse, watch some TV, read, or simply take a nap! You’d be surprised at the number of customers who have fallen asleep while testing out mattresses!

A few tips for your time in the Dream Room: As you test out the mattress, feel for pressure points and support of the mattress, as well as how your pillows work with the mattress. A good pillow is an important part of a new mattress. Try out the adjustable foundation, lift your head and feet up to a “Zero Gravity” position to feel the pressure leave your lower back. You may not want to purchase one, but at least you can say you’ve experienced one!

If the mattress you’ve tested feels supportive and comfortable, and once all your questions are addressed, let us know if you’re ready to purchase it. It’s an important decision that should be made with your health and comfort in mind.

As a “Cherry-On-Top” bonus, every mattress purchased through the Dream Room process comes with a 1 Year Comfort Guarantee, backed by Gardner’s.

Read more about the Dream Room here, give us a call or stop by one of our showrooms to take a tour and get ready to wake up happy and pain free!

 

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More PranaSleep at Gardner’s

As you may have known, our Gardner’s location on Plaza Boulevard now carries PranaSleep brand Latex Mattresses. Combining a triple-layered Performance Core, a luxurious Comfort Layer and NASA-developed Outlast material cover, PranaSleep has created a sublime sleeping surface.

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One thing that sets the PranaSleep sleep system apart from it’s competitors is the EuroSlat Foundation. Made in Germany, this special foundation features a slat system that adjusts in the lumbar position for firmness and extends the life of the mattress by using bowed beech-wood slats to absorb energy that would normally end up in the mattress, compressing the materials inside.

 

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Unique to PranaSleep and Gardner’s, this custom foundation paired with any of our PranaSleep Latex Mattresses is sure to soothe and ease you into a great night’s sleep, night after night and year after year.

A few words on PranaSleep Spokesperson Rodney Yee:

Rodney Yee is a notable figure in the Yoga world. He first started training in Yoga in 1980 and been teaching Advanced Yoga Teacher Training courses for over 15 years. Currently he leads teacher trainings, workshops and retreats nationally and internationally and has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, PBS and many other nationally broadcast television shows. 

He contributes to a variety of yoga and healthy lifestyle publications regularly, including Yoga Journal, Self, Shape, and Fitness, and has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Marie Claire, Elle, O-The Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He has created and appears in over 30 video titles and numerous audio recordings and has written two books.

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“PranaSleep has made a big difference in my life and when anything makes a big difference in my life, I like to tell people about it. My wife at first said endorsing a mattress is a little off the mark for a yoga teacher. Then we got PranaSleep for our house and she slept on it. All of a sudden it was, okay, let’s endorse PranaSleep.”

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Rodney Lee has been a PranaSleep Spokesperson since 2005

 

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Introducing Vispring Handmade Mattresses

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Vispring Luxury Beds have been on the forefront of superior mattress craftsmanship. Using premium materials including cashmere, silk, and Shetland wool, each Vispring mattress is meticulously constructed by men and women who have tempered their craft through years of training.

Each mattress is hand-stitched, including a side-stitching technique that takes years to master, and gives the mattress an exquisite, tailored finish. Most importantly, side-stitching gives the mattress edges a strong and supportive strength that others accomplish by using metal rods or foam incasements.

Not only are the materials of premium quality, they are all-natural as well. Vispring does not use synthetic foam or glue and contain twice as much upholstery as most other mattress brands.

In 1901, Vispring pioneered the Pocket Spring which has made a resurgence in the past few years with mass produced mattresses.

The mattress is created with you in mind, customized to your preferences and backed by a 30-day in-home-trail and a lifetime warranty. Should the mattress ever fail through faulty workmanship, Vispring will repair or replace your mattress. Every Vispring mattress is guaranteed to stand the test of time.

We have these wonderful mattresses set up on our showroom floor and they are ready to try out! You can really see the quality of each mattress…. they are solid and simply fantastic to look at! The Plaza Boulevard Gardner’s location is the only store in Pennsylvania that you can find these handcrafted wonders. Save the road trip to New York City or Washington DC for fun and leisure… make the trip to Gardner’s in Lancaster PA to find the great night’s sleep you deserve!

After all, we’re all about knowledge, outstanding customer service and helping you wake up happy and pain free!

Find a specialist supplier of Vispring luxury beds

See that Red “VI” circle by Philadelphia? THAT’S US!

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Introducing PranaSleep Latex Mattresses

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We’re proud to introduce PranaSleep brand mattress sets, available at Gardner’s Mattress & More. PranaSleep is an addition to our growing line of latex mattresses and offers great pressure relief and support, as well as the latest in temperature control fabrics.

PranaSleep was founded in 2004 and built upon the Schiller family’s 40+ years of experience in the mattress industry. From the PranaSleep website:

“Jay Schiller, a pioneering retailer in the industry, founded his mattress company with two guiding principals: always offer the highest quality at a fair price, and treat people the way we would want to be treated.

In 2003 Stephen Schiller, 2nd generation owner, built on his 20+ years of experience and began to develop PranaSleep.”

What makes PranaSleep different from our current lineup? PranaSleep’s latex is manufactured with a proprietary-formula: It uses three times the natural rubber as ordinary Talalay latex and offers a perfect balance of support and comfort. The top layer of the mattress uses a NASA-developed material called Outlast, which contains micro-capsules that are applied to the threads and woven into the top quilt of the sleep surface. This material stores heat when needed and either disperses it or recirculates it back to you… depending on the conditions inside your room. This provides the best temperature control of any mattress available on the market today and ensures that you get a comfortable sleep, night in and night out.

Available in 12″, 13″ and 15″ thicknesses, each mattress addresses specific needs of every individual. PranaSleep latex mattresses can be bought as a mattress or mattress set. The foundation options include a traditional foundation or with adjustable wooden slats to maximize comfort.

Contact us at the store or stop by and try one out for yourself! Gardner’s is Pennsylvania’s sole provider of PranaSleep latex mattresses and we take that privilege seriously. For someone looking for a mattress that will stand the test of time, PranaSleep is sure to help you wake up happy and pain free!

 

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Reorganized, Re-energized!

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Reorganized and Re-energized! The warmth of Spring can’t come fast enough! I don’t know about you but I sure am tired of the Winter Blues. So much so that we’ve turned our Cabin Fever energy into something positive: A new layout for our Plaza Blvd location!

If you’re familiar with our store, you know that we have a wide variety of mattresses to choose from: Traditional Innerspring beds, Hybrid beds, Memory Foam, All-Latex Foam and even a new category: Cooling Gel Beds. As we added new lines to the floor, we realized a trend was developing. Most of the new lineup falls into an Organic/Natural category. Soooo…..

The Plaza Blvd store is now made up of two sections: Organic/All Natural on one side and Memory Foam/Hybrids on the other. You’ll still find the top selling National brands such as Serta and Tempur-Pedic, however we’ve expanded our Gold Bond selection to include more pocketbook friendly choices. Great, all-natural beds that are perfect for kids, guest rooms and even adult couples. You’ll get a great quality mattress set, with no harsh chemicals or plastics, at an affordable price.

We’re also increasing our popular Pure Latex Bliss lineup to include a few more choices, and the great organic mattresses from Savvy Rest are still here, waiting to be customized! Sometime soon we’re going to introduce the Prana brand beds, another latex choice as well as luxury mattress brand Vi-Spring, from England.

With all of these changes and additions, it’s no wonder that Gardner’s has become a unique destination for mattress shoppers… we’ve had folks from Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, and New York travel just to see what we have to offer.

It’s an exciting time for us at Gardner’s and 2015 looks to be a great year for anyone looking for a new mattress purchase. Contact us by phone, email us, check out our facebook page for more updates or just stop by sometime and we’ll be happy to show you why Gardner’s has been voted Lancaster’s Favorite Mattress store 5 years in a row by Lancaster Newspaper readers.

All About That Base (No Box Spring)

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No, I’m not writing about Pop Sensation Meghan Trainor’s catchy hit “All About That Bass”, I’m going to touch upon the benefits of upgrading to an Adjustable Foundation. Although before we start, have you noticed that the melody of the bridge portion of “All About That Bass” is identical to the melody of an early Phish song entitled “Contact”?

Well, Mysteries of the Universe aside, we’re a Sleep Shop and we’ll stick to what we know: Giving you the sleep you deserve and “Helping you Wake Up Happy and Pain Free.”

Most Big Box stores have a few adjustable foundations on display on their showroom floor but nowhere near the selection, knowledge and experience the staff at Gardner’s brings to the table. Some companies sell Televisions, Sofa Sets, Washing Machines and Mattresses all under one roof, others just want to sell you the manager’s Sales Special, whether or not it’s the right fit for you. I’m sure it’s 50% off, today only. Their lack of specifics and product knowledge will frustrate you to the point of steam shooting out of your ears! We have a unique advantage because we are passionate about what we do and work to earn your trust by being open, honest and ready to help. Best of all, we’re a small, local business and the money you invest in your new sleep system will stay right here in Lancaster County!

What’s the Use?

If we start from square one, an adjustable foundation replaces your traditional metal frame and box spring. They are heavy things that, once installed, generally stay in the same place. If you’d like to move them, some people put felt moving pads under the feet, for easier sliding. Adjustable Foundations feature a flat top surface and and a moving head and foot section to suit a particular need or desire. The foundation is remote controlled (usually, sometimes the remote is wired to the underside) and features vary by manufacturer and usually include massage options, USB ports, and wireless connectivity. Some include a nightlight, extra lumbar and head tilt features, or even a speaker system controlled by Bluetooth!

From there, the next step to understanding the benefits of an adjustable foundation is to simply experience one. Gardner’s has a variety of adjustable foundations on our floor from Serta, Tempur-Pedic, ReviveSleep and Carpe Diem. If you’re in the market for a new mattress and would like to experience the benefits of an adjustable foundation, just ask! We make it a point to show them off to everyone that walks in our door, so that you are at least aware of the option… even if it’s only a brief mention and demonstration.

All foundations have similar operating angles and speeds. They glide up and down evenly and at a pace that’s fast enough for you. The head-end adjusts upright, allowing one to comfortably read or watch TV in bed. Once you’ve customized the head and foot angles to your liking, you’ll notice the pressure relief on your lower back. The word most people use to describe this sensation is: bliss.

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Some people have different needs when it comes to a customized foundation. Folks that suffer from snoring or acid reflux may only need the head tilt feature. Many people run around all day all day and love to come home and prop up their feet. Most enjoy the vibration massage, paired with the Zero Gravity setting to relax the long day away. Adjustable foundations are great for alleviating stiff backs and pain from arthritis or injuries. If you read or watch TV in bed and love a home theater experience, there’s all-in-one options for you, too. In short, there is a wide variety of adjustable foundations available to you and we’ll be happy to run through them with you at over the phone or at one of our stores.

Adjustable Foundations also have varying leg lengths, allowing them to fit into almost every space and Headboard/Footboard setup. The height of your bed may be an afterthought, or it may be one that is important in the final decision. Perhaps you have an occasional pet that may feel like snoozing with you throughout the night? Maybe your pet cat has been known to frequent the bed… especially a few nights ago, as the temperature outside around 11pm was a bone chilling seven below! Whatever pet you have, be it dog, cat, llama, possum or ocelot, know that we can ensure that everyone can make it up to the bed (or cant, if you need your space) with you at night.

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Adjustable Foundations are crafted to be sturdy and operate for years of enjoyment. They are fairly simple machines and their motors run on a standard wall outlet. They only use electricity when being adjusted or while operating one of the extra features. Warranties will vary, however the most common are 10 or 20-year prorated warranties. Again, the exact coverage varies by brand and we’ll be happy to walk you through that if you’d like. In all the years we’ve been working with the Adjustable Foundations, we’ve rarely run into a manufacturing defect that we can’t handle– a testament to the durability and quality of the product. Any hiccups in the road are corrected, as 100% customer satisfaction is our goal. As always, if you have questions about anything, even if it’s twenty years later, give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help you out.

Our Delivery team will set up and ensure that your new Adjustable Foundation is operating by running through a checklist of tests. After everything is done, we’ll even walk you through the features of your new remote control and answer any questions you may have. No need to worry about waste or cardboard; we’ll clean up any packaging that comes with the product. This is all part of the delivery process, all that you will need to do is make the bed and go to sleep!

All Things Reconsidered

Investing in an Adjustable Foundation makes sense for many, many people. From the person who is sick of propping themselves up on pillows to read, or the wife who is fed up with her partner’s snoring. Acid reflux, back pain, circulation and arthritic joints may be relieved with the touch of a button. USB ports provide easy device charging and help to free up wall outlets. Vibration massage functions makes relaxing even more enjoyable and Bluetooth capabilities allow for extra remotes (in the form of an App on Android or Apple) and pairing up your preferred music service to listen to your favorite soundtracks though a fantastic speaker system. With all of these functions, it’s no mystery as to why Adjustable Foundations have been in such high demand. After considering everything these is to know about these wonderful machines, it starts to make a lot of sense! Top it off with an optional night light function and it’ll be easy to see why so many people have been excited to add an Adjustable Foundation to their current sleeping setup.

 

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REM-fit ACTIVE now at Gardner’s!

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Gardner’s is happy to introduce a nifty little gadget to our product lineup: The REM-fit ACTIVE from Protect-a-Bed. This wearable device monitors activity, distances and most interestingly (to us anyway) Sleep Quality. The concept is simple, wear it at night when you sleep and it will monitor your movements and calculate the amount and quality of sleep you get. The device uses a free, downloadable app (Android or Apple) and connects to a smart phone or tablet via bluetooth. 

REM sleep is the important, restorative sleep that we need to feel rested and alert during the day and the REM-fit ACTIVE will track that for you.

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REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep should occupy about 20-25% of your total sleep at night and will start around 90-120 minutes after your first fall asleep. During the course of one night, a person usually experiences four or five periods of REM sleep; shorter periods at first and then longer as the night goes on. The longest period of REM sleep generally occurs in the early morning, right before you wake up. Although the science of detecting REM sleep in an individual is fairly sound, the precise functions of REM sleep are still debated. It is, however, widely accepted that REM sleep is an important aspect of getting a good night’s sleep. Folks who are deprived of quality REM sleep can experience anxiety, irritability, hallucinations and difficulty concentrating. In short: If you don’t get enough REM sleep, you’re gonna have a bad time.

Making the REM-fit ACTIVE a part of your daily routine will help paint a complete picture of your fitness and sleep quality and may help you better understand and plan your routine in the future. Features of the REM-fit ACTIVE include:

  • Active Score – How active are you throughout the day? The REM-Fit Active gives you a score based on your activity, not just the number of steps you’ve taken.
  • Steps – Take every opportunity to rack up your steps REM-fit ACTIVE tracks your daily totals
  • Distance – REM-fit ACTIVE tracks distance walked/ran
  • Calories – REM-fit ACTIVE will calculate how many calories you’ve burned based on usage and exercise
  • Sleep Points – REM-fit ACTIVE will monitor your movements during sleep and calculate your time spent sleeping or tossing and turning.
  • Advanced watch – REM-fit ACTIVE also functions as a watch displaying the time, date and remaining battery life.
  • REM-fit ACTIVE uses a OLED display, a wireless sync to iOS or Android apps and up to 1 week of battery life. It’s worn like a watch or on a belt clip (included) and carries a 1 year warranty.

For people jumping into an active lifestyle (or those who are already there), this is a great little device to keep you organized, informed and on task. Stop by one of our stores and ask for more information and ask a sleep consultant to demonstrate one for you… we all have one and we’d be happy to show you how easy it is to operate.