"Funky" isn't a word typically associated with hardware stores, but that's exactly how Amy and David Doyle describe Sunset Ridge Home & Hardware. Upon opening the place in 1995, the pair envisioned a one-stop hardware and home-improvement haven that shook off the sawdust and embraced the unconventional in ways that didn't include slapping googly eyes on every two-by-four. That's why the San Antonio Express-News' $hopGirl can cite a unique selection of Curly Girl wall hangings, hooded towels, and Texas cookbooks beside traditional tools and housewares sourced from Ace Hardware. An epic spread of Benjamin Moore paints and Breville kitchen products create an ocular feast for fixer-uppers as handcrafted soaps and fragrant candles ignite olfactory senses. Seasoned staffers roam the aisles, touting talents that include knife sharpening, key cutting, and lamp repair in addition to several other services.
For more than four decades, Sterling Pest Management has sent creepy-crawlies on the run. Its licensed techs specialize in wood-destroying insect reports (WDIRs), and they perform free termite inspections for homeowners. Confident in their work, they back it up with a 90-day retreatment warranty. And for those homes with no signs of infestation, they offer preventive-treatment services.
Featured in Southern Living magazine, Kiss the Cook equips cooks of all skill levels with the tools and toys needed for whimsical culinary escapades. Carrying a coterie of high-quality cookware, bakeware, and kitchen-friendly gadgetry, Kiss the Cook will have you on your way to creating simmering sauces or luxuriously stacked baklava. Specialize your slicing repertoire via a paring knife with sheath ($9.99), invigorate your vintages with a Vinoair wine aerator ($19.99), or unshackle hunks of innocent limestone with a marble cheese slicer ($19.99). Ensure accurate measurements with magnetic measuring spoons ($16.99) or extract the magic nectar of citrus juices with a lemon squeezer ($14.99). Kiss the Cook's friendly, knowledgeable staff is on hand to assist with your culinary queries.
Nestled in the frondescence of a quaint pecan grove, Oma Gruene's Secret Garten welcomes diners to enjoy savory sandwiches and German specialties and absorb a festive garden ambience. Dining duos will kick-start meals with chips and salsa (a $4 value), a heaping pile of corn chips adorned with a spicy homemade salsa. Next, entrees can be chosen from a straightforward menu stocked with local ingredients, such as sausage from a neighborhood smokehouse showcased on the bratwurst plate (a $7.95 value) or in a kraut dog (a $6.95 value). Culinary architects erect turkey-and-swiss sandwiches (a $6.95 value) atop foundations of marble-rye bread, and a Reuben (a $6.95 value) demonstrates the dexterity of corned beef by getting served warm, cold, or mid-handspring. Sweet-teethed twosomes can finish feasts with palatable scoops of Blue Bell ice cream, and then wash down bites with a sweet soda deluge before using empty cups as maracas during impromptu limbo challenges.
2 Rivers Home Services improves the condition of living spaces via three essential services: pest control, air conditioning and heating, and outdoor irrigation and landscaping. Certified technicians make homes more energy efficient by cleaning dusty ducts or installing up-to-date HVAC systems. Outside, they rely on Rain Bird modules to keep lawns hydrated and they fortify homes’ perimeters against critters using Demand CS insecticide, which wards off such pests as cockroaches, fleas, and door-to-door insect salesmen.