Rocky Ridge Hardware’s handy staff has been packing area toolboxes with hardware and supplies from trusted brands, including 3M, Bosch, and Toro, for more than 30 years. The heat-repelling interior of a 5-gallon water cooler ($21.29) prevents its aqueous contents from morphing into lukewarm liquid or spontaneously combusting, and a pair of Jersey gloves ($0.99) protects paws from splintering agents’ ill intentions. Movable feasts take a fully realized form with the mobile flames of a portable charcoal grill ($32). Layers of odorless Kilz spray primer ($4.99) create an even canvas upon which to slather pigments, and evenly spaced numbers along the measuring tape’s ($7.89) border lends an air of mathematical credibility more easily than forged diplomas from MIT.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set ($8.49), a VPT rip hammer ($6.29), and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy Chinex Slide paint brush ($14.99–$19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge, or you can get keys made for your home or your car thanks to their automotive chip key cutting service.
Guests step into locally-owned-and-operated High Point Furniture's 20,000-square-foot showroom, perusing high-end furniture and home-décor accents from top manufacturers to gracefully populate domicile quarters. The expansive showroom is lined in elegant pieces ranging in style from traditional to Victorian to modern, boasting renowned brands including Baker, Hickory White, and Lexington. Shoppers can invest in contemporary or formal dining-room seating ($225–$499) to foster classy games of musical chairs. To liven up a dark living room, patrons can illuminate spaces with a set of wall sconces or a floor or table lamp ($99–$199), or work through identity queries in the reflection of a mirror ($199–$499). A selection of designer fabrics ($6–$30/yard) helps patrons create custom curtains or upholster seats in hot-air balloons.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Sydney accent chairs command shoppers’ attention with woody legwork, while minimalistic Cubit ottoman sets do captivating belly dances to bedazzle bored sultans. Matrix accent chairs, sofas such as the Victory chocolate sectional ($699), and beds including the Keytown panel bed ($499 queen) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
Mattress King's wide selection of mattresses from well-known brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Embody, and Stearns & Foster run the firmness and texture gamut, giving sleepers of all shapes and sizes a shot at a good night's rest. Sealy's Posturepedic queen-sized Spirited supports dreamers with a comfortable durability ($409 for the mattress, $699 for the set). Dozers with a penchant for luxurious expediency snooze on the Stearns & Foster Bradenburg queen-sized bed, which lends backsides a plush surface and a patient ear as they complain about lousy desk chairs ($719 for the mattress, $1,169.10 for the set), or opt to bounce to another to decide which size fits the mold.
Owner Andy Robertson sends his staff of expert cleaning crews all over Birmingham to tidy up home and business exteriors in need of attention. Andy's licensed and insured technicians can swiftly remove debris from gutters, and hand-wash windows using only a towel and squeegee. Soft pressure washing is also available to remove grime from wooden decks or popcorn kernels stuck between wooden teeth.
Each of Moxii's workshops runs from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. and takes place at Innovation Depot, a contemporary, creative space in partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The business's experienced design staff specializes in transforming houses, dorms, and full-sized windowless vans with whimsical, personalized combinations of texture, pattern, and color. Check out pictures from a previous stocking workshop on Moxii's blog.