Clothes and furniture find new life at Red Racks Thrift Stores. Through donations, the staffers at the store's 13 locations fill their racks and shelves with thousands of second-hand items for kids and adults, including name-brand garments from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, The Loft, and Donna Karan New York. They also stock furniture and other miscellaneous goods, such as books and home décor.
And something odd happens when these items arrive at checkout—the register doesn't ring up any sales tax. That's because Red Racks is a nonprofit organization, and all proceeds go to benefit the Disabled American Veterans, an organization that has advocated on behalf of veterans for more than nine decades. Red Racks' altruistic mission has proved successful so far—the inventory of each store typically turns over every 3–4 weeks.
Founded by Ken Euston in 1971, Euston Hardware's old-fashioned legacy continues under the helm of Ken's son. Kevin, who has since grown the shops into three locations, keeps the shelves packed with more than 65,000 items for homes, landscaping, and automobiles. Experts chat with customers to help them to tackle projects from changing a car's oil to painting their house solid green so it can be replaced with a CGI castle. Home-improvement tools, which include items for the kitchen and bath, keep domiciles functioning at their best. The friendly staff can also guide green thumbs to lawn and garden supplies or help them select the right locks and outdoor equipment to keep their tools from escaping and impersonating the local robocop.
Furnishing all manner of domicile since 1967, Hennen Furniture equips consumers and their crash pads with name brand furniture, mattresses, and rugs while employing a staff that emanates comprehensive customer service. Add texture to fabric-free floors with a series of 5 x 8 area rugs ($99 each); release laps from the burdens of books and computers with oak sofa servers ($49), portable, tray-topped tables; or rekindle the joys of non-lethal tilt-a-whirling with oak backless swivel counter stools ($99). In addition to their expansive selection of house-convalescing contrivances, Hennen’s offers an array of helpful services, such as complimentary in-home design consulting to ensure that customers create a symbiotic relationship between their space and set pieces.
The knowledgeable nursery and landscape staff at Full Features Nursery transforms mere lawns and gardens into living works of art with a bountiful assortment of plants, trees, shrubs, and other assorted greenery. A team of outdoor architects beautifies homesteads with speedy delivery and installation of bulk mulch ($40/cu. yd.), decorative rock ($84+/cu. yd.), and self-sustaining steam geysers. The expansive 20-acre, three-greenhouse nursery nurtures a host of plant life, such as annual cell packs ($1.99/four-pack cell) and sun, shade, and native perennials ($7.99+). In addition to peppering gardens with smaller plants, patrons can work to balance their biosphere’s carbon trade deficit with the secure deposit of a tree available in deciduous, evergreen, ornamental, or fruit flavors ($55+).
The Wheel Cyclery helps to pair patrons with cycles from manufacturers such as Giant, Orbea, Scott, and Colnago and keeps them safely rolling with gear and maintenance services. Shelves brim with equipment from brands such as Sugoi and CamelBak, stocked alongside bike pumps, safety lights, custom insoles, and other accessories.
Maintenance services range from simple adjustments and lubrication to tune-up packages with wheel truing and complete drivetrain cleanings. The Wheel Cyclery’s calendar bursts with events that build a community of bike enthusiasts via weekly group bike rides with onsite childcare, maintenance classes, and spin classes for off-road finessing. To nurture the environment, staffers recycle or reuse 80% of the shop’s waste.
The team is led by Faithful Fitness KC’s director, David Oquendo, who has been training for six years, earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and working with clients aged 16–65 in the process. He and his team work out of their home base at Faithful Fitness—a full-service gym with advanced facilities that include 20 yards of track, lifting areas, and rowing machines. They lead sport-specific training and personalized programs, as well as classes that include boot camp, yoga, suspension training, and metabolic cardio training. The team aims to promote fat loss and leaner muscles while increasing metabolic rates and flexibility.