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.
The owners of the Ace Hardware locations in Lakewood and Arvada stock locals' workbenches with a wide variety goods and tools that assist with home, garden, and automotive improvements. More than 50,000 items greet DIYers in such departments as electrical, cleaning supplies, and outdoor patio. While customers peruse the array of handy offerings, each store's clerks stand ready to offer hardware recommendations, help with design ideas, and field questions about turning a deck into a petting zoo.
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.
An inflatable snowman greets visitors to Family Christmas Trees, an evergreen lot couched in a scenic country setting. The family who owns and operates the lot guides guests through natural, fresh-cut Fraser firs, Noble firs, and other holiday trees selected from quality farms across the country, and will even load them onto cars as a complimentary service. Patrons can also browse sprigs of mistletoe, wreaths embellished with pinecones and berries, and tree stands.