At Let's Paint Wichita, owner Melodee Schaefer and instructor Cassie Bouchereau break down the barriers between beginners and painting fetching masterpieces. In relaxed classes, guests armed with brushes, canvases, and aprons build paintings such as van Gogh’s Starry Night with the help of step-by-step instruction. The studio hosts everything from drop-in classes, complete with wine and beer for purchase, to private parties for kids. Students leave the studio with their own works of art and a wealth of new painting techniques.
At 4,500 independently owned and operated stores spread across the nation, Ace Hardware carries the tools and tips homeowners need to complete plumbing projects, electrical work, or aesthetic alterations to gardens or backyards. Celebrating 88 years in existence, the stores stock well-organized aisles with brand-name products from Craftsman, DeWalt, and Scotts perfect for simple afternoon projects or extensive overhauls to the fleet of antique rickshaws in the garage.
The Arrangement?s 6,000-square-foot space is filled with stylish décor items?accent furniture, silk-flower arrangements, and candles?that can make any house feel more like a home. A warm and inviting staff curates this collection of home accents, and constantly adds new and creative gifts to their ever-changing inventory. They also offer services, bundling bouquets of fresh flowers or crafting permanent botanicals from silk and nourishing them with waterless watering cans. The fragrance of the flowers wafts through the store and weaves with the perfumes of Trapp Candles, which can fill rooms with their fragrance within 15 minutes of being lit.
One of the country’s largest independent paint dealers, Spectrum Paint furnishes contractors, Fortune 500 companies, and homeowners with a vast variety of paints, stains, and specialty wall coatings from respected brands. A gallon of pastel PPG Pittsburgh Paints WallHide Ceramic ($24.28) decks nursery walls in stain-resistant hues, and 1-inch FrogTape ($7.97) protects windowsills with the music of hundreds of croaking amphibians. A wistful 2.5-inch AllPro Mako poly/nylon paintbrush ($7.97) dreams of the day it will dip its bristles into the nearby PPG Pittsburgh Paints sample quarts ($6.79). The absorbent AllPro 3/4-inch Gold Pro roller cover ($5.69) ensures the even, universal application of paint to walls, cabinets, or reprints of the Mona Lisa. The shop's staff provides excellent service, aiding customers in product selection and answering questions.
When patrons rent a motorcycle from Oklahoma Harley Rental, they mount a motorized steed not generally available to civilian riders. Boasting motors 7 cubic inches larger than those found on standard bikes, the agency’s Electra Glides come factory-installed with 103-cubic-inch motors that typically power police interceptors. Assisted by six-speed transmissions and custom exhausts, the larger motors give travelers more bursts of speed than a coalition of cheetahs playing Red Light, Green Light. Oklahoma Harley Rental also issues Suzukis and 2012 Harley Road Kings, which carry a slimmer silhouette than the Electra Glide, but have a fat rear tire designed for longer trips. Though only licensed drivers can borrow bikes from the agency’s lineup, the uninsured can get staffers’ assistance in securing the necessary coverage.
The expert tailors at Alterations By Sarah take great care in changing the way clothing fits to reflect the metamorphosis of each client. Weight-related alterations are a specialty, so whether clients have recently lost inches of waist from a bout of avian pants flu or gained a few pounds, Sarah will return their tweaked, trimmed, and torqued threads to body-complementing shape. Alterations such as back-to-school tailoring or vintage clothing fitting are personally guaranteed by the master cloth transmogrifier herself, and each location offers dry-cleaning services to keep vestments looking sharp.