With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.
When brothers Joseph and Herb Guiry founded the paint store that bears their name, Denver was still an untamed frontier town, William McKinley was President, and the flag still had 45 stars and not a single cartoon dog. The year was 1899, and, in the hundred-plus years since, the store has remained a family tradition across four generations of shopkeepers. Today, the store’s seven locations carry paints for everything from houses to school projects, and supplement their stock with home decorations including lighting, wallpaper, and furniture.
Located in Sears stores or at adjacent offices, Sears Optical's independent optometrists screen peepers to determine accurate prescriptions and diagnose any health problems. As doctors position a refractive device over the eyes, flipping through lenses of varying strengths, patients describe the level of clarity with which they can see the purple zebra dancing in the far corner. In addition to the prescriptive exam, doctors may use eye drops to dilate the pupil to scrutinize the retina.
Washing the family car at home can waste hours of daylight and gallons of water. At Waterworks Car Wash, the staff’s green practices help car owners save time and shrink their carbon footprints. D uring hand [car washes](wash, technicians recycle all of the wash water and treat cars with eco-friendly and biodegradable chemicals. Techs are equally conscientious during detail sessions, applying wax with an orbital polisher and cleaning interior carpeting with dry foam. Waiting customers find respite within the shop, where comfortable tables surrounded by ocean-blue tile offer a place for them to have a snack or write long love letters to their cars.
For Wright Drink Bartending School's international team of instructors, fun isn't just an experience they have, it's something they create. With classes that teach the fundamentals of mixology and general bartending practice, the school prepares beginning mixers to fuel fun-filled nights for customers at any local watering hole. They don't skimp on the preparation material either, giving students only industry-standard equipment and forcing them to learn through hands-on courses behind a real bar. The staff also offers lessons for bar owners, including crafting higher profit margins and maintaining inventory and controls. Classes are also affected by the season, with mixed drinks that rotate by seasonally available ingredients, from mint in the spring to snowman heart in the winter.