The blank canvases at Old Paint Bar aren't just made of canvas. In fact, visitors can choose to paint a wine glass or a piece of smooth wood with provided paint and brushes, sipping on loose-leaf tea that's also provided by the staff. During each class, students are led step-by-step through easy to follow instructions in order to see their pieces through to completion, or at least fridge worthy to cover up childhood report cards. Adults are encouraged to bring their own wine to drink during class. Group packages for kids 8 and up are also available for birthday parties or special occasions.
In true family style, brothers Nick and Kirby Kuklenski own and operate two “sister” Ace Hardware stores in Colorado Springs, keeping local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments, whereas computerized color matching in the paint aisles keeps outsides as vibrantly hued as flowers in a garden or a house fly strolling across an artist’s palette. Collections of DeWalt and Craftsman hand and power tools help homeowners assemble Weber grills, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Ace Hardware’s helpful services: keys are cut onsite, with Sidewinder keys including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
Ed and Kyle Becerra, Young's Market and Garden Center’s owners, took over the business from Ed’s father, who founded it more than 50 years ago. Locally grown perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and Chia Pets squint at the outdoor sun, and rows of flowers line the dirt aisles of tidy greenhouses. In addition to plants, Young's inventory includes soil, fertilizers, weed-control products, and pond supplies. In season, customers can find fresh produce at Young’s bustling farmers' market.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a one-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to train them to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with one month of unlimited tanning in high-powered beds that paint ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
Timberline Gardens peddles a multitude of necessities and accessories for gardeners and their plants, from fertilizers to seeds to pottery. Bulk material such as planters mix, sand, and gravel transform whole backyards into oversize flower beds, which gardeners can fill with the nursery’s more than 2,400 plant varieties. Flora and fauna native to the Denver area share display space with xeriscape plants, which require significantly less water and significantly fewer birthday parties than their needier counterparts. Timberline’s dedicated, knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate the shrubbery-hugged aisles filled with organic fertilizers and seeds, or lead them in informative classes that make it easier to use herbage for nutritional or decorative purposes.
Since it planted roots in the community in 1959, Echter's Nursery & Garden Center has gradually expanded into a sprawling complex comprising lush greenhouses and a retail store dedicated to beautifying outdoor spaces. The shop?s display area encompasses a staggering 70,000 square feet, and includes a patio shop with benches and outdoor furniture, a wildlife department with birdhouses and sasquatch feeders, a garden center with sustainable soils and fertilizers, and an acre of perennials, shrubs, and trees. Patrons can purchase pottery or house plants to enhance the home or grab tips from one of the center's plant doctors, all of whom boast at least a decade?s worth of experience.