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.
At Urban Mattress, patrons can sprawl out on comfy, soporific mattresses from brands such as Sherwood, Tempur-Pedic, Lumina, and Urban Organics in search of firm billows. The owner-operated stores also offer sustainable options that leave little to no carbon footprint and are biodegradable, making future archaeologists' jobs easier when they go to uncover the cans of peas hidden under our beds. Two percent of all proceeds finds its way to local nonprofits, ensuring that customers can sleep better at night in more ways than one.
Furniture Row Shopping Centers host four home-apparel stores in a single convenient location. The quartet of specialty stores—Sofa Mart, Oak Express, Bedroom Expressions, and Denver Mattress Co.—is designed to accommodate every room in the house. Espresso leaning shelves ($88) are fully caffeinated yet provide remarkably steady support for books, picture frames, and knickknacks. Soothe summer nights with a Perfect Harmony Isocool mattress pad ($69–$109) atop a new mattress set ($219+); top it off with an attractive brocade duvet set ($44–$68). A new lamp set ($148+) atop an end table ($118+) is a great way to encourage sofas to use more light when they read.
Belly Up Spa boasts that it's an all-inclusive mom spa that caters to expectant, new, and experienced mothers, be they stay-at-home or working. The spa offers pampering services such as massages, facials, body treatments, and manicures. Also, moms can gather for group fitness classes such as yoga, Zumba, and boot camp, or bring children along for Family Fit classes.
From its modest origins in a garage, Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses has blossomed into a full-fledged appliance-vending behemoth with 13 locations throughout Colorado. The outlet compiles an enormous collection of handy household appliances from top-quality brands such as GE, Whirlpool, LG, and KitchenAid.
At each location, knowledgeable staffers shepherd patrons through sprawling showrooms, which collectively tout more than 150,000 pieces of equipment, including laundry machinery, kitchen appliances, microwaves, and macrowaves. They can special order items not in stock or tap into a stash of spare parts to repair busted apparatus. In addition to appliances, the staff can point patrons toward a fleet of mattresses and overstock items.
The light technicians at Illuminations by Design aid patrons as they navigate more than 1,200 light fixtures on display that range from chandeliers and lamps to outdoor mounts and spotlights. A plethora of ceiling lights—such as an open-frame foyer lantern ($127.50) whose bronze curls grasp electric candles—brightens up living rooms or dark bat caves. Lamps and shades ($12+) offer sleek, modern shapes or traditional white bulb skirts, and walls find scintillating vertical clingers in weathered lattice torchiere ($299.85). The trio of modern propellers on a chrome fan ($501) spins over rooms decorated with home accents such as clocks and elephantine bookends ($141). Meanwhile, yards deny their fear of the dark while basking in outdoor lighting fixtures, including the elegant, geometric lines of an olde bronze exterior wall mount ($297).