Meet the Owner


Born and raised in Macon, GA, Michele Zdanowicz (Williams) graduated from Macon's Southwest HS in 1989 and earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree and a Master's Degree, both in Education, from Georgia College and State University. After over 20 years as an Elementary School Teacher, Michele started working in the mattress and sleep industry selling mattresses and sleep accessories with Custom Fundraising Solutions Atlanta South. In that capacity she helped raise Georgia Schools over $300,000 through the "original mattress fundraiser." Being a self-proclaimed "mattress snob" and passionate about sleep, Michele started Direct Ship Mattresses, LLC in Locust Grove, GA to help others get a better mattress and a better night's sleep. "There is no reason why someone should sleep on junk! Sleep is so important to everything we do, work, family, relationships, even recreation. A good night's rest improves all of that and more. But I wanted to do it in an environment that was warm, inviting, and friendly -- a sleep boutique. Who likes going to a mattress store? No one! I wanted my boutique to be some place you were comfortable in and felt welcome, just like your favorite neighborhood boutique."

Michele is married to Eric Zdanowicz, retired US Air Force and owner of Custom Fundraising Solutions Atlanta South,, a fundraising company specializing in both the "original mattress fundraiser" as well as other headache-free and touch-free fundraisers. She has 3 beautiful children and a wonderful step-daughter and is also mom to two fur babies, a cat name Nova (short for Casanova) and a German Sheppard, Xena, seen in the picture above. 

We are committed to your sleep!

At Direct Ship Mattress in Locust Grove we are more than just a mattress store and we know sleep is so much more that just your mattress! Our consultants will work with you to help design a complete sleep system to ensure you get the rest you need and deserve. Whether in our boutique or online, we will help make sure what you get is what you need for a good night's sleep. If you are short on time or just don't want to wait, set an appointment with one of our sleep product experts so you know you will be "first in line" and get a true one-on-one consultation.

sleep is always changing

The sleep industry has grown exponentially in the past 10 years. New products, new technologies, new manufacturers. We constantly monitor and evaluate the sleep marketspace so you don't have to! If we carry a mattress or product it is because we believe in it or use it ourselves. As new or better quality products come available, or as new tips on better sleep are published, we will help you sort through the noise. Subscribe to our boutique's newsletter to stay on top of the latest news, products, and technology to help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake more rested and ready for the day.

We care!

We are not a major corporation with hundreds of back -office employees in some big city. We are a local small, woman-owned, boutique-business, committed to our Locust Grove and Middle Georgia community and our customers. We support local charities such as the Ronald McDonald House of Macon and Special Olympics of Georgia. In fact, a portion of every sale goes towards these charities that are near and dear to our hearts. Michele has a sister that Special Olympics has directly benefitted and the Ronald McDonald House was instrumental in helping Michele when she had a child in the ICU. We believe our word is our bond and our reputation in the community is everything.

The Direct Ship Mattresses Better Sleep Guarantee

At Direct Ship Mattresses we are committed to helping you get a better night's sleep. Better sleep means better rest which translates to a better next day! Because of this we want which ever mattress you buy from us to work for you. Our better sleep guarantee applies to any mattress you purchase from us that you have tried in-person in our Locust Grove boutique and does not apply to floor models or any other purchase not otherwise eligible.

Our promise to you is try your new mattress for 60 nights and if after that time you feel you do not have the right mattress we will happily exchange it with another one of our mattresses that you pick out at no charge! There are no exchange fees, restocking fees, or asset recovery fees. If you re-selection is less than your original purchase we will refund you the difference. If you re-selection is more than your original purchase you only pay the difference along with applicable sales tax. We never exchange foundations, frames, or adjustable bases.

We offer this so you know you can shop at Direct Ship Mattresses with confidence in knowing your sleep-investment is protected 100% after the sale. We want you and your family as lifetime customers, not just a single sale. However, we do have two requirements to make this comfort exchange and they are NOT negotiable.

First, you must try your mattress at home for 60 nights. Mattresses, like a good pair of shoes, need time to break in. The foams need to "relax" and the springs (if applicable) need time to break in. Also, again like new shoes, your body needs time to adjust to the new feel. Sometimes in this adjustment phase you may feel some aches and pains and this is not uncommon.

Second, the mattress must be 100% free of stains and body fluids. The mattress will be checked with a black light before we take it back and if there are any stains or soiled areas, no matter how small and regardless of the source of the stain, we will not accept the mattress for the exchange. We require this because we often donate these mattresses to charitable causes and we in good conscience will not donate a stained mattress. This is why we highly recommend you purchase an approved quality mattress protector (not a mattress cover or pad) with your new mattress.