"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.
Garage Door Solutions' technicians make lifting the biggest door in any home as simple as pressing a button. They install and repair both the doors – hardware, springs, and hinges – and the motorized devices that move them. They even offer same-day service, for those times when the door quits closing and a flock of wild pick up trucks is in the neighborhood looking for a place to roost.
The Pool House's technicians have cleaned filters, balanced chemicals, and repaired tile for more than 100,000 swimming pools in the San Antonio area. On any given day, they travel to backyard pools for short-term or extended maintenance, administering virtually any service needed to ensure an afternoon filled with laps and cannonballs. They skim debris from the water's surface, vacuum pool floors, clear traps, and check chlorine levels. They can even install new, automated cleaning equipment that definitely won't become sentient.
Alternatively, The Pool House's retail shop empowers customers to maintain their own pools. The shop's staffers help visitors select the right pool chemicals, skimmers, motors, and pumps.