Painters, graphic artists, and architects have found the tools of their trade at the one-stop Top Notch Art Centre since 1971. A floor-to-ceiling picture window beckons passersby on Craig Street, where shade trees shelter a block of historic buildings and small businesses, including a rare bookshop and a cobbler for broken dreams. Inside, the staff leads 2-D artists toward the right brush for watercolor or oil from their selection of Winsor Newtons, or printmaking papers from Arches Cover and BFK Rives lines. The store also makes an effort to seek out artisanal brands, such as Gamblin Artists Oils and Mt. Vision Handmade Pastels. Bookbinders can pick up screw posts and glue, and drafters can run their fingers over delicate, smooth vellum and curl them around the curves and angles of nine types of stylus guides. Past the tall, narrow aisles, a framing shop encases completed works of art in glass and caution tape to prepare them for display.
The staff at Wintronic Computers Plus scrub excess muddle from hardware and software and sweep both PC and Apple systems of viruses. Desktop computers and laptops undergo a thorough hard-drive organization, which rids drives of extraneous digital clutter and creates space for future downloaded videos of babies rapping. Smudged surfaces and cracks emerge free of dust and miscellaneous flotsam after a safe exterior cleaning. To keep computers running smoothly and free of pernicious bugs, Wintronic's technicians make a full sweep of every file to scan for errant worms, Trojan horses, and the virus that causes relatives to forward chain letters. The store promises a quick turnaround on service and offers a warranty on all cleaning and repair work.
Hammer City Cycle's experienced technicians perform adjustments and checkups to a wide selection of bike brands, tailoring services to suit each customer's preferred experience. A basic tune-up package places two-wheeled companions in the capable hands of a United Bicycle Institute–certified master mechanic and suspension technologist. Helping hands pump air into hard-breathing tires and make needed adjustments to inconsistent tendencies in shifting and braking systems. In-place cleaning and lubrication of your road repeller's drivetrain helps to ensure rides free from ornery bucking and braying. Technicians inspect each bolt for proper torque, and the ride-refining service concludes with a full-frame wipe down, removing dust, grime, and lipstick marks from sloppy street kisses.
Capital Appliance & BBQ's team of experts pay homage to the sauce-slathered centerpiece of picnics and parties by educating those who seek to learn the sacred art of the burger flip. Select from a range of sustenance enhancers, such as the Steve Raichlin brand smoky apple sauce ($12.99) and the Mediterranean barbecue rub ($19.99), which transforms lackluster loins into Grade A genius jerky. The Grill slinger barbeque tool belt ($44.99), replete with a fully adjustable belt with lock and load inserts such as a grill knife, speed tongs, and pro flipper spatula, provides high-tech artillery for conquering resistant rib eyes and tenderloins that talk back.
The journey from confusion to organization doesn't have to be a long one. Often enough, it's the length of one tiny strip of metal?the staple that holds a school paper together, or attaches a cover letter to a r?sum?. Staples doesn't carry staples exclusively, of course, but for 26 years, they've aspired to create that same sense of effortless order. Their library of products covers everything from pencils and fire extinguishers to all-in-one machines and facility supplies, all of which aim to make jobs easier.
The technology aisles feature more advanced gear: cameras, phones, label makers, tablets, and laptops from popular brands. Onsite copy and print centers churn out professional documents, business cards, and several other types of paper and photo goods. And, though Staples' focus is work, the stores can also furnish break rooms with chairs and coffeemakers.
Sewing Machines Etcetera schools students of the seam in a variety of project-based, hands-on classes geared toward all ability levels. Under the tutelage of knowledgeable instructors who stay up to date with modern methods and technologies, students can handcraft home decor in the Hollyhocks Yo-Yo Wallhanging class ($60) or study new sewing techniques, such as telekinetic stitch removal, in the Lutterloh Club ($30). Four two-hour Learn to Quilt sessions ($90), meanwhile, cover the basics of basting, and pupils can whip up wearable masterpieces in two two-hour Embellished Jersey T-Shirt classes ($40). All sewers are expected to bring the equipment listed on each course's supply list, including sewing machines, needles, fabric, thread, and straw primed for spinning into gold.