At Paint with Flair, instructors kick down the barriers that traditionally stand between beginners and a paintbrush, starting by creating a comfortable environment. Couples on dates, coworkers looking to bond, or friends out on the town sip on BYOB drinks and snacks as they loosen up and get acquainted with the provided materials (classes for kids and non-drinkers are also available on the schedule). Teachers get groups chatting as they take them on a step-by-step walk through the brushstrokes, color selection, and witchcraft necessary to whip up their own fetching painting, whether it be a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Starry Night or an original design.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
At Nuts and Bolts Hardware, the official STIHL outdoor power-equipment dealer, a friendly staff of handyfolk and hardware experts help clients patch-up pipes, cut glass, or select power tools for an upcoming DIY project. For jobs that need an expert's eye, the shop keeps a handful of technicians who repair small engines, sharpen kitchen knives, and cut keys as guests enjoy complimentary popcorn and coffee.
Secure RV's propane appropriators prolong outdoor excursions and grilling extravaganzas by filling depleted gas tanks to the tippy-top. Like a chewed wad of bubblegum, empty propane bottles—with or without quick-release taps—can be saved and reused, saving grillers from tearful goodbyes at the scrap heap. Exhausted containers can be brought to the emporium, where a gas guru will bestow each receptacle with up to 20 pounds of grade-A fire fuel. Tank folk can also opt to return for one additional refill, or stop in for two extra fills, much to the chagrin of new york strip steaks everywhere.
It?s frustrating to lose a beloved shirt or jacket just because of a minor tear. At All About Fashion, tailors and clothing experts work to hem, sew, take in, and stitch up skirts, jackets, shirts, and jeans, breathing new life into reliable garb. Professional garment adjusters tackle every task from repairing leather shoes to completely resizing outfits after a growth spurt, weight loss, or outbreak of lycanthropy. They restore suits to their former glory with collar repairs and relining or ensure comfort and durability in street wear with jean take-ins and hemming.
One of the country’s largest independent paint dealers, Spectrum Paint furnishes contractors, Fortune 500 companies, and homeowners with a vast variety of paints, stains, and specialty wall coatings from respected brands. A gallon of pastel PPG Pittsburgh Paints WallHide Ceramic ($24.28) decks nursery walls in stain-resistant hues, and 1-inch FrogTape ($7.97) protects windowsills with the music of hundreds of croaking amphibians. A wistful 2.5-inch AllPro Mako poly/nylon paintbrush ($7.97) dreams of the day it will dip its bristles into the nearby PPG Pittsburgh Paints sample quarts ($6.79). The absorbent AllPro 3/4-inch Gold Pro roller cover ($5.69) ensures the even, universal application of paint to walls, cabinets, or reprints of the Mona Lisa. The shop's staff provides excellent service, aiding customers in product selection and answering questions.