C & D Hardware, a member of the Houston Heights community since 1951, equips home improvers and to-do listers with provisions for projects large and small. Conquer domestic disrepair with supplies spanning 26 different categories, from lawn and garden wares and paint gear to a vast reservoir of plumbing equipment and special gifts. Purify your home's lungs with air-conditioning filters ($1.39–$27.99), or whittle a moving box into a mini cardboard replica of the Taj Mahal with a box knife ($0.59–$11.89). Metal garden bugs ($18.49–$79.99) spruce up lackluster lawns, while patio chairs ($25.99–$149.99) provide an ideal perch for competitive lounging. The helpful cast of C & D employees assists customers with an array of services, including rekeying locks, computer color matching, and blade sharpening.
Parvizian Rugs International has cushioned Houston footfalls for more than 40 years with antique and custom-made carpets and rugs. Rug workshops and wool factories in Romania, Pakistan, and India fill Parvizian’s American and European storefronts with luxe piles of wool and silk, which are draped over displays or custom-created with help from savvy in-house designers. Parvizian also travels to homes and offices to clean carpets with hand-sudsed shampoos and environmentally friendly supplies, and restores rugs ravaged by moths and foot traffic with meticulous re-weaving, fresh twirls of fringe, and re-backing torn from the pages of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
The Build the HYP gala raises money to support Austin Habitat for Humanity, coaxing contributors with tunes from a headlining swing-rock-ska hybrid act. The gala includes snacks to fill bellies famished from swing dancing and starting a sawdust-only diet to show solidarity with in-process homes. The Daddies' set will be supplemented by local act Vintage 15, a 15-piece band that updates jazz jams from staple artists such as Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr., and Michael Bublé. Attendees can also be on the lookout for Raise the Roof shingle prizes, which include scaffolding exhausted roof-raising arms.
A charter member of the MLS, the San Jose Earthquakes played their first four seasons as the Clash before claiming the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. Though the team moved to Houston in '05, the franchise was reinstated in '08, bringing professional soccer back to the Bay Area. Buck Shaw Stadium serves as the team's current home, though a new stadium will shoot skyward in 2014, complete with luxury suites for fans and exhausted referees alike.
The friendly tool experts at Direct Tools Factory Outlet help customers to negotiate the store's huge inventory of new, reconditioned, and factory-blemished hardware from brands such as Ryobi, Homelite, and Milwaukee. Items are priced at a reduced rate, giving purchasers extra money and a brand-new stockpile of hardware to construct a time machine to go back and impress an early hominid with a Dirt Devil Scorpion 7-amp hand vacuum ($29.99) or a factory-blemished Ryobi One+ Lithium-Ion compact drill ($127.99). Each product carries a warranty of at least one year, even the reconditioned items, which had to get back in shape with pushups and burpees to earn their warranty ribbon.
Garage doors rarely inspire passion, easily taken for granted as they dutifully trundle up and down to admit cars. People generally only notice them when they stop working, which is where David Miller and his father-in-law come in. They run EZ Lift Garage Doors, earning a living making sure that garage doors run smoothly and stay unnoticed. "I love running businesses, and my father-in-law has 20 years behind him in the garage-door-repair industry," David says. They continue to maintain, repair, and replace garage doors all across Houston while preserving the air of a family-run business.