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.
Direct Tools Factory Outlet equips crafty builders with an ample supply of hardware, vacuums, grills, and table saws sourced directly from top manufacturers. Grilling and outdoor kitchen equipment from STOK provision barbecues and cookouts with juicy briskets and steaks through a steady supply of discontinued, reconditioned, and factory-overrun products—brand-new, unused equipment shipped directly from the assembly line after excess production or accidental cloning. Dirt Devil vacuums suction off contaminants from carpets and shop floors, and cleaning products and pressure washers from G-Clean lend a pristine sparkle to driveways and car surfaces. An arsenal of drills and table saws from Ryobi lends structural soundness to household projects with speedy efficiency and trusty precision.
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.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from Coaster, Forbidden City, Harden, Sealy, Old Town Imports, and other top brands help customers capture the furniture species of their choice sans long waiting periods. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid hardwood Leonardo bed ($347–$516), backed by a strong, modern headboard the color of morning espresso but the flavor of tufted upholstery. Taking home a Davenport nightstand ($125) means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills.
Founder Patrick Willard keeps the gym open to everyone and leads a team of nationally certified fitness experts to teach everything from Zumba to martial arts and yoga. Trainers motivate clients during small-group boot camps, swift 30-minute circuit-training classes, or one-on-one training sessions. Nutrition seminars supplement the sweating by preventing budding bodybuilders from undermining their gains by falling prey to unhealthy diets of cement sandwiches.
Annoyed by bites and wary of diseases carried by mosquitoes and ticks, Mosquito Squad spritzes its signature barrier spray over more than 20 states. Technicians protect home acreage with an EPA-registered spray that kills adult mosquitoes and ticks using synthetic chemicals that mimic a compound found in chrysanthemums. They take care to avoid blossoms and harming helpful bugs such as honeybees and sentient Volkswagen Beetles. As an alternative, staffers can use an all-natural spray, whose scent confuses and repels pests for about two weeks. Mosquito Squad also can equip yards with remote-controlled automatic misting systems and spray lawns in municipal places before outdoor events.