My next stop was La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries. Once I saw the floor models, I pretty much knew that a La-Z-Boy sectional with electronic recliners and cup holders was my destiny, but I decided that I had to do a little due diligence and check out some other furniture stores.
Next stop was Direct Factory Furniture, or maybe Factory Direct Furniture? It is a small store down the street from La-Z-Boy run by a friendly Asian man with a great business plan. He carries two models of everything: two sectional sofas, two reclining armchairs, two dining sets, two bedroom suites; and he knows EVERYTHING about those models. He doesn't have to refer to a catalog or a computer, he just knows.
So after I sat on one of the sectional sofas, he came over and told me my upholstery options: fabric, leather, or fox leather. He prattled on but I wasn't really listening after the words "fox leather". Then I realized that he meant "faux leather", and I wondered how many years he had been saying it wrong, and who was going to be the person who finally told him. Not me! La-Z-Boy was still winning.
Years ago we bought a very nice dining set from Ethan Allen, so I headed to their showroom. I stepped through the doors onto the plush oatmeal-colored carpet and found myself in the sort of extremely tasteful demonstration living room that has large beaten brass bowls full of woven wooden balls. As a beautiful dark-haired lady in palazzo pants wafted toward me on a cloud of subtly perfumed air, I became intensely aware of my grubby appearance.
"May I help you?" she purred. "Uh," I stammered, "Do you have any reclining sectional sofas with cup holders?" She paused a beat and said, very nicely, "Sweetheart, there is nothing for you here." I beat a hasty retreat and got my confidence back by going into the Goodwill next door and buying a Jesus statue.