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.
Kitchen Alley outfits cooks with all the necessary devices for conjuring culinary masterpieces at home. On entering the cozy, charming shop, customers are greeted by a cornucopia of gourmet cookware that spills its contents across tables, onto shelves and the hardwood floor, and up against the exposed-brick walls. Add class to an upcoming tea party with a ceramic teapot from Fox Run ($17.50) or employ a 1.75-inch Norpro mesh tea infuser ($2.48) to permeate herbal libations with your favorite flavors, such as chamomile, lemongrass, or bangers and mash. A Joyce Chen bamboo mixing spoon ($6.25) prevents lazy soups and sauces from resting on their laurels, and a garlic twist ($18) reduces the hassle of mincing garlic with its set of cross-cutting teeth.
Chef Deb Traylor, the classically trained French chef at Mountain High Appliance, imbues students with the knowledge of how to prepare a variety of dishes in her two-hour cooking classes. Chef Deb instructs groups of up to 35 people in topics such as Soups & Stews, Truly Tasty Healthy Eating, Everything Chocolate – Sweet to Savory, and Robot Ethics. Pupils taste all creations made in the class, held in 1 of 14 live kitchen classrooms on-site. Postsession, chef Deb passes out recipes for each dish so that newly crowned chefs can test them out at home or use them to wallpaper an underground laboratory. Check the online schedule for course dates and times.
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.
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.