Though most people don’t visit hardware stores until 38 light bulbs simultaneously go out, the sturdily constructed walls of the local hardware store hold a smorgasbord of life-simplifying tools and treats, including standing fans ($19.99+), Scotts Turf Builder and lawn-fertilizer bundles ($11.99+), or King Kooker marinade injectors ($8.49), which are perfect for August 18th Day feasts. Ace has everything you need to finally organize your garage or refinish the hand-me-down dinner table you’ve had since you moved out of your parents’ house. Check out the corporate site for an idea of pricing for thousands of items.
Owned and operated by Greg and Sheila Paul, Carolina Ace Hardware adds comfort and convenience to daily life with products, tools, and project-solving expertise. Secure sheds, trunks, and Fabergé egg display cases with an Ace 2-inch padlock ($11.99), and illuminate midnight-snack paths with mood lighting using dimmable GE Energy Smart 100-watt CFL light bulbs ($13.99 each). Messy projects clean up their act with a six-pack of ultra-strong Scott shop towels ($17.94), retiring soiled materials to Glad Odor Shield kitchen bags ($8.99) after their heavy-duty absorption is done (prices and availability may vary).
As leaf-quitting season approaches, now is the ideal time to shift home-care gears from outside to inside. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99; a VPT rip hammer for $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 3-way soft white light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($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. Get keys made for $2 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($25–$27 a day to rent).
Classic Alterations & Monograms' expert embroiderers convert average personal effects into custom pieces of embroidered flair. Monogramming a favorite dress shirt proudly displays one's initials despite not having the Donkey Kong high score ($7.50+ per breast pocket or cuffs), and an ample font selection enables further customization of names stitched onto hand towels ($10+) and oversize bags ($18+). Other custom merchandise includes wholesale screenprinting and personalized shirts ($3.80+). The friendly stitching staff also utilizes a digital preview system that projects how the finished item will appear and what the customer would look like with an embroidered goatee. Check out the website for a comprehensive list of monograms and prices.
Students at The Rock MMA & Fitness Center get the chance to learn from and train with an undefeated professional boxer, a 10-year jujitsu veteran, and a professional mixed-martial-arts fighter. All accolades just happen to belong to one man, Coach Matt. Joined by wrestling veteran Coach Brian and a team of qualified instructors, Matt teaches a full week of martial-arts classes, such as kickboxing, jujitsu, boxing, and mixed martial arts. He rounds out the schedule with conditioning and fitness-focused training, including a boot camp and hours set aside for open use of any of the gym's equipment.