The professional renaissance folks at Parker's Services, Inc. keep abodes in working order with a wide-ranging slate of home improvement services that include everything from landscaping and painting to flooring and carpentry. The contractors help homeowners whittle away at household to-do lists and neutralize anxieties about shaggy lawns, peeling paint, or cracked drywall. The team schedules routine visits, perfect for keeping lawns under control all year-round, or one-time engagements typical of major jobs such as repairing plumbing, installing drywall, or sitting in for you at this month's book club.
Historic, picturesque Laclede's Landing is the backdrop for the "Kick It On The Cobblestones" block party, a fundraising event for area youth-sports organizations. In keeping with the sports theme, participants can enter for a chance to win tickets to the soccer game between Real Madrid and Inter Milan at the Edward Jones Dome at 1 p.m., and youngsters can compete in soccer challenges in the hopes of winning prizes. The full-day event isn't just about sports, though. Crowds can boogie to live tunes by R&B-tinged rockers Dirty Muggs and eclectic quintet El Scorcho. They can also wield their tickets for discounts at area establishments all weekend, including $3 off adult admission at the Wax Museum, a free handcrafted beer with lunch or dinner at Morgan Street Brewery, and half off apparel at other local businesses.
The shelves at Looking Glass Designs teem with jewelry, bags, apparel, and gifts for children and adults alike. Adorn barren wrists, lonely necks, and empty earlobes with handmade beaded jewelry sets in contemporary and antique styles. Stylish serving items include wine glasses etched with the fleur-de-lis, the national symbol of Rhode Island ($8). Recycled coffee bags come together in Sun Ministries eco-friendly totes, and each tan and gingham-patterned bag helps to send young missionaries into inner-city areas. The shop also stocks scarves ($15–$35), baby gifts and apparel ($10–$50), soy candles ($14), and natural loofah bath scrubbies ($7). For an additional fee, customers can choose to have owner Andrea Heugatter, whose needle skills helped her to win the Riverfront Times 2009 award for Best Personalized Gifts, emblazon gifts with names, personal messages, or grocery lists.
A red brick exterior, spacious sidewalk patio, and delectable café menu highlight the charming European appeal of Rue Lafayette, whose beginnings were documented on a recent episode of Renovation Realities on HGTV. Early-morning strollers, comptrollers, and world-weary street mimes can start their morning of artfully aimless ambling with Rue Lafayette's sweet, flaky croissants imported from France. The chocolate croissant ($2.25) matches particularly well with large cups of the café's drip coffee ($2.25) or frothy cappuccino ($3.55). Lunchers, meanwhile, can feast on the quiche ($6.99) and mix it together in their digestive centrifuge with the sinfully tasty croissant bread pudding ($5.99). Since Rue Lafayette's dishes rotate with the stately dance of the seasons, each polite café employee will cheerfully lay out today's recommendations, tomorrow's libations, and yesterday's neutron radiation gyrations. The café's mad scientists have also combined breakfast and lunch into an unholy (yet delicious) monstrosity known as brunch, which gets unleashed from its chains every Saturday and Sunday.
For more than 50 years, Flanagan Paint & Supply Company has been equipping customers with quality paints, durable tools, and expert advice fit to suit the needs of homeowners, contractors, and businesses. A variety of paint products and supplies lines Flanagan's aisles, with a gallon of paint costing about $35 and brushes ranging from $10–$16. Coronado Paint specializes in protective and decorative coatings to update interior and exterior surfaces, such as dull living-room walls or "Lincoln for President" garage doors, and Mythic Paint offers nontoxic, low-odor products that roll on without emitting dangerous gases and cancer-causing toxins. In addition to these and other modern lines, Flanagan Paint houses a wealth of vintage inventory no longer in stock at most retailers, perfect for touching up antique items or retro rooms, such as an authentic 1920s basement speakeasy whitewashed with bathtub gin.