Ace hardware's knowledgeable staff wrangles a massive herd of home-improvement and gardening supplies and provides a variety of services for remodelers and handymen. Pick up a six-piece screwdriver set ($11) and an Ace rip hammer ($14.49) and tap into a cornucopia of fasteners as laden with screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary) as the pockets of a lottery-winning robot. Patrons illuminate newfound décor with a two-pack of Dynatrap ultraviolet light bulbs ($11.99), the better to see by while using a five-piece paint-roller tray kit ($9). The store's staff also cuts keys and offers a paint-matching service free of charge to allow clients to fulfill the wishes of finicky peacock tenants.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
Sit 'n Sleep's friendly staff of sleep consultants take slumber seriously, spending months to learn the ins and outs of sleep health, mattress selection, and customer service. With their extensive expertise, these wink whisperers help snoozers find the perfect person-size pillow on which to repose or languidly mispronounce French poetry; choose from a panoply of twin, full, queen, king, and Cal king varietals. Guests can find restful vibes manifested in a bevy of mattress brands, from Sealy to Simmons, and types, from memory foam to latex.
At Aces Comedy Club, a rotating lineup of local and touring standup comedians flocks to the stage to unpack its bag of funnies. The calendar of upcoming performers includes Patrick Deguire (May 10–13), a vision-impaired jokester who often pokes fun at needing his four kids to help him cross a dangerous intersection in his neighborhood. The freakishly talented Taylor Williamson (May 17–20) is the youngest comic ever to perform on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He's been featured on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, and MTV's TRL––all of which were cancelled soon thereafter, which he wears as a badge of pride. Seasoned funnyman Vince Morris (May 24–27), who has made appearances on HBO's Sex and the City and BET's ComicView, simultaneously splits sides and challenges perceptions with a chuckle-inducing routine packed with social commentary.
Working with local artists, the home decor experts at Skylar's Home & Patio have assembled hundreds of unique furniture pieces and accessories made in the U.S. to fit many interior and exterior home-decor styles. The showroom displays sectionals and a variety of styles that include vintage-like and shabby-chic pieces for the dining room, living room, or bedroom, as well as ultrasleek stands for plasma TVs. Resin-wicker and cast-aluminum patio furniture dominate the outdoor-furniture selection, which includes fire pits that warm up backyard gatherings or make a fine replacement for temperamental office shredders.
With 300 independently owned locations in the United States and around the world, FastFrame brings the advantages of a large international company to each intimate franchise location. Storeowners take advantage of thorough trainings to stay up-to-date on the latest custom-framing technology, but have the freedom to personalize their customers’ experiences. At the Carlsbad show room, trained design consultants advise customers on the mats, frames, and glass or acrylic glazing that best meet their needs, whether they are looking for a basic poster frame, an elaborate 3-D shadow box, high-tech preservation framing, or a lone, empty frame to express their existential ennui. FastFrame offers a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship and a 30-day guarantee on design, and will recraft or redesign any piece for any reason within 30 days of a sale.