With winter escaping like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set for $8.49, a VPT rip hammer for $6.29, and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Wooster Painter's Choice roller kit ($10.49). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine.
Supplying contractors and do-it-yourselfers for almost nine decades, the family-owned Little Hardware Company stocks a complete selection of high-quality tools, hardware, and hard-to-find items. Customers can protect fingers from jobsite hazards, home-remodeling incidents, and roving gangs of manicurists with a wealth of insulated and regular gloves ($0.99–$36.99). Carve manifestoes into tree trunks with an assortment of pocket knives ($6.99+) such as the Kershaw Oso Sweet model ($23.89), or complete toolboxes with Little Hardware's full line of Irwin vise grips ($5.99–$44.79). Timberland boots enclose feet in stylish comfort ($85.49–$99.99), and power tools from DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee, and Festool supply wielders with more might than the enchanted screwdriver King Arthur used to install Camelot's spice racks.
The scent of freshly popped popcorn fills the air as customers carrying complimentary paper bags of the buttery kernels meander through aisles of birding supplies, gardening tools, home décor, and eclectic gifts from around the globe. Eighty employees advise customers on home projects and purchases such as gas and charcoal grills from brands including Big Green Egg and Weber. Before new grills fire up hamburger patties or outstanding parking tickets, the kitchen department's wall of gadgets, serving ware, and party supplies completes any checklist of barbecue necessities. The home-repair and project areas include a Benjamin Moore station with custom paint-blending services to mix up sample colors to find the perfect hue. Outdoors, the garden area encloses a hand-selected assortment of leafy green plants in a natural, garden-like setting alongside birdbaths and fountains. The birding department carries more than 100 different feeders and specialty seed blends to attract tiny hummingbirds or tiny bee-riding knights.
Wreath-workshop attendees fashion festive circles of holiday greenery, brightening doorways just as the staff at Toms Creek Nursery and Landscaping has greenified lawns with vibrant shrubs, trees, and flowering plants since 1930. Staff members arm guests with the materials, know-how, and distilled holiday spirit necessary to create floral ornaments, which are crafted by wreath wranglers who pin the nursery's expertly grown greenery to circular frames. Finishing adornments complete wreaths, from ribbons and red berries to pinecones and the bones of a snowman. The workshop is open Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; attendees can drop by at any time, but should give themselves about two hours to complete holiday rounds.
A partner of Superior Play Systems, Backyard Paradise beckons kids to gallivant across a showroom packed with safety-focused equipment. Laughter spreads throughout the indoor play haven as little ones bound about on wooden play sets, swings, and slides. Sports-focused areas let athletes step onto a putting green or finally dunk their chocolate milk in a Performance basketball hoop. Elsewhere, a trampoline's springy surface helps jumpers evade gravity's grasp.