Hiltons Home Center helps customers visualize their new floor by allowing them to tiptoe through a show room adorned with multiple sample swatches of carpet, tile, or hardwood. Design consultants aim to pair patrons with their desired material from a catalogue that contains luxury Karndean and patterned Southwind carpeting, as well as rugged Mohawk flooring. Rich coppers and flecks of slate swirl across Karndean Knight tile ($3.02/sq. ft.) forged from stone versatile enough to withstand the dropping of dishes in a highly trafficked kitchen or the dropping of paratroopers from a highly misguided mission. Toes trace the authenticating grains squiggling through slabs of 5-inch Maple Ridge hardwoods, available in shades of natural, dark brown, or red ($5.57/sq. ft.). Clients can also opt for plush carpeting to outfit a room ($0.82+/sq. ft.), treating feet to a surface cushier than a pillow stuffed with gummi worms.
The art connoisseurs at Creative Hands guide patrons of all ages through the artistic process with a cache of ready-to-paint plaster and ceramic items. Equipped with provided paints and glazes, budding Picassos can transform bare figurines, plates, bowls, and goblets into masterpieces as personalized as the Mona Lisa's thumbprint. Guests can tote away freshly decorated plaster pieces after a 30- to 45-minute glazing-and-drying process or enlist the warming powers of a kiln to seal in a ceramic creation's luster and then pick up the fired work of art a week later. Creative Hands' roomy studio fosters a suitable space for large groups or birthday parties and houses a ladies' night on the first Thursday of every month.
James McGuffey, owner of Alamo Door & Awning, built his business on a simple guarantee: he promises customer satisfaction with his newly installed or repaired garage doors, garage-door openers, and extendable awnings, or he doesn't charge for the service. To deliver on such a pledge, he maintains a team of top-notch technicians and a stock of most of the hardware needed for any job. He even sells the hardware piecemeal to those who want to attempt repairs on their own, providing helpful advice and tips for such do-it-yourself projects on his website.