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.
"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.
Shutterbug Natasha transforms women of all shapes and sizes into sexy sirens during boudoir photo shoots. With four set options to choose from, clients can create a theme that reflects their personality and comfort level. Multiple outfit changes and poses lend variety of shots, which clients can peruse instantly with same-day previews.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
Gold Seal Painting's insured painters aim to start and finish on time, leaving homeowners with cleanly updated interiors or fresh-faced exteriors. Workers pressure clean exteriors before applying new colors, and they can caulk and waterproof façades so they won't melt in the next rainstorm. Inside, they’ll repair walls or set to work on light carpentry tasks to prepare rooms for coats of paint. In addition, staffers can add texture to walls and ceilings or remove wallpaper to strip interiors of misapplied snowflake wrapping paper.
Ace Hardware’s DIY-savvy staff help home painters find all the gear and paint they need in one stop. Ace’s paint department stocks the setup and clean-up gear needed to transform a monochromatic storage closet into a kaleidoscopic smoking room. Guests can peruse the myriad colors and textures of Clark and Kensington and Benjamin Moore interior and exterior paints, saving time with Clark and Kensington's paint-and-primer ($25.99+) combo or opting for the popular Benjamin Moore flat ($38.99) and eggshell-finish ($44.99) wall coatings.