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.
From its modest origins in a garage, Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses has blossomed into a full-fledged appliance-vending behemoth with 14 locations throughout Colorado. The outlet compiles an enormous collection of handy household appliances from top-quality brands such as GE, Whirlpool, LG, KitchenAid, Sealy,and Tempur-pedic.
At each location, knowledgeable staffers shepherd patrons through sprawling showrooms, which collectively tout more than 150,000 pieces of equipment, including laundry machinery, kitchen appliances, microwaves, and macrowaves. They can special order items not in stock or tap into a stash of spare parts to repair busted apparatus. In addition to appliances, the staff can point patrons toward a fleet of mattresses and overstock items.
They don't look like the Christmas trees that grow in Arizona. And although they seem like they sprouted straight from a sugar plum-induced dream, Great West Christmas Tree's stunning selection of firs actually come from a sustainable farm in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Raised where the summers are mild and the winter's are moist, Great West's trees grow up lush and dark green, grown to be adorned with decorations and raised with impeccable table manners. As soon as they're freed from their earthly confines, they're carefully hand-trimmed, sorted by size, and escorted by helicopter and truck to their final destination at Great West Christmas Trees. Families can choose a wide array of trees based on species, height, and likeliness of charming Santa Claus into leaving extra gifts.
Tile adds a clean, creative look to kitchens, bathrooms, and patios, but it's also an eco-friendly flooring material that requires no harsh chemicals or maintenance to keep it gleaming. Staff members at A World of Tile help clients to upgrade living spaces with this environmentally friendly alternative through in-house design consultations and a range of ceramic, stone, and specialty tiles. They amass products from across the globe, offering unique designs and SunTouch heated options that warm toes during cold winter months and prevent chihuahuas from shaking the whole year. During free hands-on workshops, staffers teach customers how to correctly install tile themselves or provide referrals to local contractors.
With two service centers spread throughout the area, Country Fair Garden Center carries all the tools, seeds, and advice necessary to help lush greenery flourish. Among stacks of Ferti-lome fertilizer and Nature's Yield organic compost, annual and perennial plants wait patiently to be added to backyard gardens, while saplings and shrubs dream of one day complicating parking decisions with their leafy boughs. Country Fair's knowledgeable staff can guide customers through the vast selection of products and advise them on selecting the appropriate insecticide, potting soil, or compost for their gardens. The staff also hosts classes each month to impart green thumbs with knowledge about topics such as seed starting and vegetable gardens. Customers seeking artistic finishing touches can showcase blossoms within glazed ceramic or terra cotta pottery or in outdoor garden beds marked by the addition of a trellis, arbor, or fountain that gurgles overseas investment tips.
Enophile John Davis founded Wine Insiders 25 years ago, using his octopus-like industry connections to assemble a panel of wine experts who would seek out the best and most affordable wines. On average, his league of critics approves 5 out of every 100 bottles sampled, ensuring that only the most delicious wines get recommended to his customers. The team even offers a satisfaction guarantee: if customers aren't 100% delighted by the vinos they've selected, Wine Insiders will refund the full cost of the order, no questions asked?not even "So, you doing anything fun this weekend?" Despite its staff's legendary pickiness, Wine Insiders stocks a variety of red and white wines, including pinot noirs, pinot grigios, rieslings, and cabernet sauvignons, each joined by an informative description.