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Clothes and furniture find new life at Red Racks Thrift Stores. Through donations, the staffers at the store's 13 locations fill their racks and shelves with thousands of second-hand items for kids and adults, including name-brand garments from the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, Levi’s, The Loft, and Donna Karan New York. They also stock furniture and other miscellaneous goods, such as books and home décor.

And something odd happens when these items arrive at checkout—the register doesn't ring up any sales tax. That's because Red Racks is a nonprofit organization, and all proceeds go to benefit the Disabled American Veterans, an organization that has advocated on behalf of veterans for more than nine decades. Red Racks' altruistic mission has proved successful so far—the inventory of each store typically turns over every 3–4 weeks.

16813 E 23rd St S
Independence,
MO
US

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.

1120 Highway 7
Independence,
MO
US

For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.

4309 S Noland Rd
Independence,
MO
US

First-time scuba divers will learn from professional, certified trainers during Skin-n-Scuba’s Discover Scuba training session. The training course includes all necessary diving gear and is conducted in the facility’s 26’x52’ indoor saltwater pool, featuring salt, water, and two sunken Spanish Armada galleons. Individual class enrollment is capped at 15 in order to maintain a reasonable instructor-to-student ratio and leave room in the pool for the dolphins enrolled in backstroke. The two-hour classes for Groupon buyers are offered Fridays (starting at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.), Saturdays (9 a.m. and 11 a.m.), Sundays (1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and Mondays (10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.).

9300 East 35th Street South
Independence,
MO
US

Country Lane Bulk Foods weaves delicate webs of nostalgia with more than 20 flavors of locally churned ice cream and hand-crafted treats from Amish communities throughout the country. Frozen mounds of sweet cream flavored with fudge brownies, cinnamon, or blueberry muffins fill cones and dishes in the shop’s charming café. A plethora of pickled vegetables that hail from the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country and local Amish and Mennonite communities range from watermelon rind ($5.29) to bread 'n' butter pickles ($4.49), tastefully stretching vinegar’s usefulness beyond the usual boundaries of powering science-fair volcanoes. Pickled okra ($5.49) or beets ($4.89–$6.99) and spicy ginger snaps ($1.64/12 oz.) tingle tongues, and rolled butter ($4.29/10 oz. or $8.90/2 lbs.) evokes sentimental memories of antique butter churns checking their pagers.

17525 E US Highway 24
Independence,
MO
US

Spot Not keeps cars dapper and scratch-free using an efficient cleansing system combined with a purified rinse for a flawless finish. The sudsy pageant commences with a Tire-Kleen treatment to dissolve the dust of the road before a double high-pressure wash sloughs remaining filth from soiled shells. A cleansing, de-mineralized rinse leaves the car to dry without streaking or spotting, and owners who enjoy pampering their perambulator pals can pay an additional $2 at time of service for the touch-free dryer treatment, which hastens evaporation and protects your ride from embarrassing postbath chassis chafing.

920 E 23rd St S
Independence,
MO
US