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Thank you for all the information you've provided!
We relied for years on our local mattress store. He was a small operation, one small family operated store, had been in business for years but in 2015, they closed their doors. After three purchases over the last decade for our three kids, he never steered us wrong. All three mattresses are still in wonderful shape, but my oldest son has just plain outgrown his twin bed (after growing 5 inches in under 2 years). So, we started by going to the only local bedding stores in our town (all chains). Unimpressed and after escaping one very high pressured "only get this price today" sales tactic, we came home empty-handed and turned to the internet.
Now better educated thanks to this forum, we are heading out to Fox Mattress in Holly Hill tomorrow. While it is a two hour drive for us, I'm much more hopeful we will find the right mattress.
Welcome to the forum , and thank you for your kind appreciation for the TMU.
It is a sad but very common story about small family mattress retailers, they simply cannot afford to stay in business. The mattress industry is also a reflection the changing relationship between consumers and industry and the effect of advertising and (sad to say) the loss of critical thinking and long term thinking (IMO) on a larger level. I could probably spend the next few months on this single subject which would open the door to even more thoughts and comments and I should probably stop while I'm ahead.
I am glad you decided to pay a visit to Fox Mattress as this is the most "efficient" shortcut and helps you discuss and test your options at the same time. With their many years of knowledge and experience they are a most reliable source of guidance and would have your best interests at heart to "talk you through" the specifics of their mattress and its properties and "feel" of the materials they are using (temperature regulation, resilience, firmness etc) and the options they have available that may be the best "match" for you based on the information you provide them. As you are aware they are a Trusted member of this site which means that I think very highly of them and that I believe that they compete well with the best in the industry in terms of their quality, value, service, knowledge, and transparency.
Good luck on your visit with them and we look forward to your update.
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