Opening its doors more than 90 years ago, Ricklin’s Hardware and its knowledgable retailers facilitate DIY projects and home renovations with a wide range of supplies. Friendly staff members help visitors to navigate bustling shelves that include 27-piece sets of Great Neck tools designed to help homeowners to maintain their nests ($24.99) and 8-pound jugs of pet-safe ice melter designed to keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians and stray rollaway beds ($16.49). Nontoxic cans of Mythic paint (prices vary) rejuvenate domestic interiors with eco-friendly luster that's free of strong fumes. Grill gurus can abadon old-fashioned tubs of shoe polish to blacken steaks within the newfangled green, black, or copper confines of a Weber Genesis EP-310 grill ($749) or sizzle kebabs on a Weber Spirit E-320 ($499).
Drawing from diverse backgrounds in choreography, sports, and dance, the instructors at MasterJay Moves Dance Studios and Philly Premier Pole Dance lead a schedule of coed classes for dancers of all skill levels. The team helps participants to exude allure while practicing Spider-Man impressions on 20 shining poles or hip shaking along to Latin rhythms. Whereas classes impart new skills, private parties allow students and their friends to practice striptease and sensual pole movements in a low-pressure environment so they can celebrate engagements or figure out how to entrance local volunteer firefighters.
Don't let the name fool you—J.B. Painting and Remodeling does a lot more than just paint and rearrange furniture. In addition to painting exteriors and interiors, the craftsmen perform a range of home services, from replacing doorknobs and changing lightbulbs to tiling bathrooms and installing wood flooring. The jack-of-all-trades staff can even assemble furniture, wash decks, caulk loose edges, service lighting systems, and pressure-wash siding.
Elite Cleaning's amiable grime dispatchers descend upon entropy-laden homes to restore order and freshness through cleaning sessions. With their own products in hand, teams of two systematically scour unkempt surfaces over the course of two hours. Mops glide over kitchen floors as sponges cut through grease and copies of Grease left stuck to kitchen counters, windows and woodwork shed their dust, and bathrooms return to a glistening shine. Additionally, housekeepers carry an arsenal of task-specific products to clean surfaces such as fine hardwoods, granite, or lava.
Since 1943, Primex Garden Center has slaked the horticultural thirst of urban farmers and sustainable gardeners throughout the community. The verdantly thumbed can obtain a wide range of sunlight-loving soil residents, from simple packs of vegetable or flower seeds ($1.79) to vegetable plants ($3–$10) to large trees ($250). Competently cultivate your own gardens with a back-porch composter or rain barrel ($99–$250) or decorate the neighbor's yard with perennial plants ($6.99–$18.99) arranged in the shape of Eleanor Roosevelt. The store’s knowledgeable staff members draw upon their wealth of experience with plants and previous lives as trees to better inform any leafy purchase.