In true family style, brothers Nick and Kirby Kuklenski own and operate two “sister” Ace Hardware stores in Colorado Springs, keeping local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments, whereas computerized color matching in the paint aisles keeps outsides as vibrantly hued as flowers in a garden or a house fly strolling across an artist’s palette. Collections of DeWalt and Craftsman hand and power tools help homeowners assemble Weber grills, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Ace Hardware’s helpful services: keys are cut onsite, with Sidewinder keys including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
Through its mission of providing sustainable income to families in under-developed nations, Yobel Market serves responsibly harvested coffees and teas and sells the wares of myriad artisan groups. Purchasing a pound of BuyWell coffee in one of five different roasts ensures livable wages for global coffee growers ($10), while Divine cocoa powder benefits both Ghana's working families and whiny sweet teeth at 3 p.m. ($5.80). Those seeking a more tangible relic of sustainable spending may browse hand-crafted accessories, such at the Freeset jute freedom tree bag, a durable, earthy tote that captures the essence of urban flora ($15.99). Ugandan jewelry, including wild honey ovals ($10) or suubi confetti necklace ($17) adds polished, earthy accents to any ensemble.
At Puttin’ on the Paint, brush-wielders peruse more than 300 mugs, plates, and figurines before selecting a piece to paint. Idea books and a rainbow of pigments inspire artists before items are decorated, covered with a coat of glaze, and placed in the kiln. Objets d’art are ready for pickup six days after firing, and can be immediately displayed on coffee tables, in trophy cases, or affixed to a chain hanging around your sweetheart’s wrist. Puttin’ on the Paint welcomes walk-ins and happily hosts parties for birthday boys and girls and pre-brides.
When Hyacinth's Boutique and Spa threw open its doors in May of 2012, it didn't expect any housewarming presents. Instead, the spa doled out gifts in the form of relaxing services and fashionable accessories. Hyacinth's therapists and aestheticians perform soothing and therapeutic massages as well as Egyptian sugaring treatments, the same hair removal method Cleopatra used on her pet asps.