Ace Hardware stockpiles a bevy of tools, lawn and garden accouterments, housewares, and other handy items at two local, independently owned storefronts. While merchandise varies by store, customers encounter items such as a Cooper Lighting halogen work light ($17.99) to illuminate outdoor projects or a DeWalt two-in-one power-tool tote for carrying mighty drills or escape-prone tape measures. The eminently wieldable Dremel rotary-tool kit ($49.99) comes complete with two speeds and 15 accessories, and the Wen electric engraver ($18.99) makes a fitting gift for artistic loved ones or meticulous housecats practicing their calligraphy skills.
Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse scatters family festivities across 20 acres of autumnal farmland during AutumnFest 2011. The friendly staff welcomes up to four campers or one retired barbershop quartet trying to reignite their spark and moseys them to the campfire site, where groups can huddle around a fire pit, gorge on a full-catered hot dog dinner and crash flaming-marshmallow meteors into each other. A slew of attractions including a hayride, 5-acre corn maze, kid-friendly spooky farmhouse, and barnyard zoo with pet bunnies, chicks, and baby ducks swooping down a slide entertains into the evening. Bi-Water Farm & Greenhouse supplies firewood, benches, and a staff member to start the fire and permits campers to bring their own lawn chairs and ghost-story manuscripts.
Owned and operated by horticultural experts Russell and Lyn Madison, Proper Plants' greenhouses greet visitors with more than 125 annuals ($1.10+/pack), more than 150 varieties of hanging baskets ($8+), and a plethora of other herbaceous offerings. Those who like edible beauty but dislike the time it takes to make Brad Pitt–shaped lasagna can browse the tomatoes, eggplants, and 85 varieties of vegetables, which come in small pots for short-term storage ($.95+) or nursery cans to keep them warm before the start of spring ($6.50/2.5 qt. can). Proper Plants also packs potted plants such as geraniums, verbena, and various herbs ($2.90+). The practiced staff can help DIY soil workers arrange their own hanging basket or answer any questions on crop placement or garden-gnome disciplinary techniques. Rather than use pesticides, Proper Plants uses biological controls, such as predator insects, on plants.
Extreme Heating Cooling & Refrigeration's fully licensed and insured technicians work to keep airways clean and homes temperate through myriad heating and cooling services including unit repairs, installations, and commercial refrigeration. Owners Travis and Ingrid Reynolds operate their business by following a stringent code of ethics, which lend customers peace of mind that energy costs will be kept low and that frozen warlocks held captive in the basement won't thaw unexpectedly.
Lexington Overstock bedecks every room of the house with an emporium of craftsman-quality furnishings. Chic padded barstools elevate four-person eating squads in an Aaron dining set ($225), and an antiqued cherry British Old World map writing desk inlaid with an old-world map ($258) insists that Columbus was right all along. Bedroom sets such as the Coventry Cannonball ($68–$998) accessorize dreams with solid wood. Living-room residents can imagine themselves on the open range thanks to the rich nail-head accents on a Ranger-Canyon recliner ($398), before bedtime beckons from an Ashley Sleep memory-foam mattress ($448+), which evokes billowy sheep bred for counting with a fluffy mix of synthetic and all-natural stuffing.