Stebbins Anderson houses a full-service Ace hardware store and a full range of Benjamin Moore paints, serving as a mecca of home-repair essentials. Customers can take advantage of services such as screen repair and key cutting or peruse thousands of items that are priced under $25, ranging from electrical supplies and plumbing goods to gardening tools and mystery-bookcase-hinge grease. The expansive assortment of hardware goodies such as Mail Wraps mailbox covers ($18.99), Ace premium enamel ($3.49), and Benjamin Moore color samples ($3.99 each) saves amateur home-repair gurus from wasting precious rehab time by driving around to multiple hardware stores. A knowledgeable staff equips domestic whizzes for just about any home-repair challenge. Make over the kitchen with brightly colored walls and new décor, install a new deck rail to banish looting baboon colonies for good, rid bedrooms of cold drafts with new attic insulation, or score cleaning supplies to scrub away bathtub grime and multiplication tables scribbled on kitchen walls in hot sauce.
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With a team of instructors having more than two more decades of experience, Rainbow Vision Stained Glass expands the community of glass workers through small group classes. Students gather within Rainbow Vision Stained Glass?s sprawling Victorian-style headquarters to learn the fundamentals of making stained glass or the more sophisticated techniques necessary for crafting glass boxes, Tiffany-style lampshades, or glass houses for those who have sworn off throwing rocks. The studio also teaches fused-glass skills, which can yield everything from pendants to wine-bottle stoppers.
Anticipating the needs of its pupils, Rainbow Vision Stained Glass peddles everything a glass artist might desire. More than 400 styles and colors of glass gleam within, more than 300 pattern books await crafters in need of inspiration, and soldering irons stand ready to bind creations together.
Toys on the Square’s 8,000-square-foot space and 50 paint-your-own pottery stations accommodate unusually popular birthday boys and girls as they unleash their rabid creativity alongside all their friends. Artistes can start by choosing a piece of pottery from the hundreds of available mugs, vases, plates, and busts of the cast of Who’s the Boss ($7–$20 for the average piece), then lay claim to their favorite color glazes. Toys on the Square injects fresh inspiration into the air with design books, stencils, and stamps, and the tile wall lets painters preview what each finished color looks like. Once Da Vinci devotees have signed their name to their objet d'art with a permanent glaze pencil, the staff will coat it with a layer of clear over-glaze and then fire it in a kiln. All glazes are nontoxic and lead free, ensuring that finished pieces are safe for eating and drinking. Pieces will be ready for pickup or shipping in three weeks.
At the Columbia Association, visitors find not only a place to work out, swim, or enjoy the great outdoors, but a place to connect with the local community and get to know their neighbors. Families take in live music by the lakefront during summer festivals, or glide across the ice at the public rink. Meanwhile, aspiring athletes build muscle, flexibility, and form with practice at indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or regular trips to the high-tech Columbia Gym. Columbia Association also helps its members maintain a healthy lifestyle with a wide variety of facilities, including nearby golf courses, 23 swimming pools, and even an attached horse center, where humans can learn to ride and horses can get in shape for swimsuit season.
"My first question to a client is always: ‘How will you be using the space?’" explains Pam Fleming, the showroom manager at Day or Night Home & Hearth Services. Patio Pam, as she’s known to her customers, coworkers, and fellow CIA agents, walks visitors through every step necessary to design a perfect outdoor living space. Pam and her staff can help you choose eye-catching and functional patio furniture, grilling islands, and fire pits, and they can also tackle such installation-related tasks as completing gas piping and conversions or laying down tiles. In addition to their helpful design team, the store prides itself on the fact that nearly 90% of the products in their showroom are made in America.