The staff members at Four Seasons Firewood possess an encyclopedic knowledge of firewood and smoking wood, able to articulate each wood's properties the way a sommelier articulates a wine's flavors. They know which woods ignite the easiest, which release the best aromas, which burn the longest, and which are best for smoking meats or staking down sentient scarecrows. At any given time of year, Four Seasons' lot stocks ricks and cords of split oak, walnut, hickory, pecan, apple, and more, all available for pickup or delivery.
Twin canine greeters, Jake and Roper, roam the aisles of Woodard Mercantile, welcoming guests to Gerald and Leslye Woodard's expansive store. It's that kind of character that sets the family-owned shop apart. Each aisle offers row upon row of an eclectic variety of brand name supplies and gifts, including pet and horse supplies, lawn and garden goods, jewelry, and purses. Knowledgeable staff members stand at the ready to assist with selections or special-order goods that aren't in stock.
The expert tailors at Alterations By Sarah take great care in changing the way clothing fits to reflect the metamorphosis of each client. Weight-related alterations are a specialty, so whether clients have recently lost inches of waist from a bout of avian pants flu or gained a few pounds, Sarah will return their tweaked, trimmed, and torqued threads to body-complementing shape. Alterations such as back-to-school tailoring or vintage clothing fitting are personally guaranteed by the master cloth transmogrifier herself, and each location offers dry-cleaning services to keep vestments looking sharp.
At Let's Paint Wichita, owner Melodee Schaefer and instructor Cassie Bouchereau break down the barriers between beginners and painting fetching masterpieces. In relaxed classes, guests armed with brushes, canvases, and aprons build paintings such as van Gogh’s Starry Night with the help of step-by-step instruction. The studio hosts everything from drop-in classes, complete with wine and beer for purchase, to private parties for kids. Students leave the studio with their own works of art and a wealth of new painting techniques.
Hole In One Lawn Care & Landscape unclogs gutters and elutriates besmirched windows from the perils of gunky build-up. Hole In One’s grime grabbers arrive at homes to purge gutters that hoard leaf bundles, roof mud, and errant passes to Jerry Rice ($75–$100).