When writer Richard Faulk set out to catalog the nation's oddest corners for his book Gross America, Leila's Hair Museum was an obvious choice. There, Leila Cohoon preserves and furthers the off-kilter artform of hair-based crafts, which stretches back to the 1700s and beyond. In a piece for CNN.com, Faulk notes that, in pre-photography days, Victorian artisans would "[weave] jewelry and decorative lace out of human hair" as a means of remembering departed loved ones, with "successive generations [sometimes adding] to the lacework to create a genealogical record, much like a family bible". In addition to these personal mementoes, Leila's collection includes 400 hair-based wreaths dating before 1900, and numerous reliquaries said to contain the hair of Mary, mother of Jesus, St. Anne, grandmother of Jesus, and pieces of the cross. Hair pieces belonging to Michael Jackson, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Lincoln, and other presidents also reside here. Although not hair-related, the museum also features a brooch that is said to contain threads from the coat of Joseph, father of Jesus. The quirky outpost has attracted the attention of racontours other than Faulk, too--noted gadabout Anthony Bourdain also paid a visit during an episode of his show No Reservations.
For more than 60 years, Zeke's Paint & Design Centers have been outfitting do-it-yourselfers with the paints and tools they need to give their homes chromatic makeovers. Zeke's preferred brand of paint, Benjamin Moore, can be mixed to perfectly match the preexisting colors on walls or breathe new life into boring pieces of Renaissance artwork. The store's commitment to professional-grade products doesn't stop at paint; finely bristled brushes, rollers, and supplies from brands such as Purdy and Corona ensure even coats and minimize the need for later touchups. Resident experts share helpful tips for do-it-yourself projects and can even point visitors in the direction of trusted professionals for more complex jobs, such as re-creating The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of a dog's house.
Since 1957, HiBoy Drive-In's retro neon palace has been grilling and frying meals on the go. The classic quarter-pound HiBoy burger ($4.50) stacks a quarter-pound patty with basic burger accoutrements, including the secret-recipe HiBoy sauce, kept in a vault guarded by braver sauces. Crisp onion rings ($3.19) and crunchy pickles ($3.19) emerge from the fryer, ready to be washed down with a sweet peach Nehi float ($2.79).
Founded by home-decorating duo Ken and Cindy McClain, BeHereNow offers chic, vintage-inspired furnishings and accessories, including many one-of-a-kind pieces. Beguile your domicile with a winsome Bobo coffee table ($210) or practice forging your own signature on a brown, iron-framed chalkboard from Comptoir de Famille ($45). Couch-rustling cowboys can gallop into a subtly hued sunset on a fern-green saddle stool from Cody Road Workshops ($79).
Custom Maids KC's personalized home-cleaning services rely on safe products to revitalize any room in the customer's home. Before the crackerjack cleaners arrive, domicile owners make a list of all the areas, grime-busting tasks, and untamed bear rugs they want tackled during the three-hour home makeover. Bathrooms sparkle after thorough scrub downs of the tub and toilet, and maids give special attention to all the home's high-viral areas, such as doorknobs and banisters. Skilled hands can make up beds or polish stainless-steel surfaces. Cleaning products expunge dirt on every item in top-to-bottom room cleansings, vacuums suck up stray crumbs and dust flees from furniture. The home beautifiers can also hand wash hardwood floors, de-crud kitchens, and tell trashcans knock-knock jokes until they laugh out their bags for swift disposal.
Located in a building that originally housed a mercantile store for settlers heading west, Gilbert, Whitney & Co. outfits kitchen commandos with high-quality cookware, premium ingredients, and gourmet groceries. Imprison criminally delicious foodstuffs in a two-piece set of oval Rachel Ray casseroles ($48), or peruse a wide range of knives, peelers, blenders, and other instruments as fit for cooking as they are for juggling. Choosy cheese-lovers can pick from a panoply of winsome wedges, including havarti ($10.44/lb.), parmesan ($8.64/lb.), and gruyere ($11.45/lb.), while bean fiends can get their caffeinated kick from the coffees of Oklahoma-based Neighbor's Coffee ($12.95/lb.). The store’s friendly staff is always on hand to help provide information about an exotic spice, give advice on a recipe, or explain what type of butter is best for carving into the shape of former governors.