From its modest origins in a garage, Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses has blossomed into a full-fledged appliance-vending behemoth with 14 locations throughout Colorado. The outlet compiles an enormous collection of handy household appliances from top-quality brands such as GE, Whirlpool, LG, KitchenAid, Sealy,and Tempur-pedic.
At each location, knowledgeable staffers shepherd patrons through sprawling showrooms, which collectively tout more than 150,000 pieces of equipment, including laundry machinery, kitchen appliances, microwaves, and macrowaves. They can special order items not in stock or tap into a stash of spare parts to repair busted apparatus. In addition to appliances, the staff can point patrons toward a fleet of mattresses and overstock items.
The light technicians at Illuminations by Design aid patrons as they navigate more than 1,200 light fixtures on display that range from chandeliers and lamps to outdoor mounts and spotlights. A plethora of ceiling lights—such as an open-frame foyer lantern ($127.50) whose bronze curls grasp electric candles—brightens up living rooms or dark bat caves. Lamps and shades ($12+) offer sleek, modern shapes or traditional white bulb skirts, and walls find scintillating vertical clingers in weathered lattice torchiere ($299.85). The trio of modern propellers on a chrome fan ($501) spins over rooms decorated with home accents such as clocks and elephantine bookends ($141). Meanwhile, yards deny their fear of the dark while basking in outdoor lighting fixtures, including the elegant, geometric lines of an olde bronze exterior wall mount ($297).
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. 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.
Start by selecting a shapely canvas from more than 250 different varieties of bare bisqueware. Hot Pots' exhaustive catalog of clay creatables includes mugs, plates, frames, and figures. Prices average from $4 to $50, with a studio fee of $8 per person ($6 for kids ages 10 and younger). Use Hot Pots' design center to crib inspiration for mastery, or take the piñata approach by donning a blindfold, grabbing a brush, and hoping for a masterpiece or a pile of Smarties and pennies. Once you're ready to put paint to plaster, select from more than 70 shades of paint (including speckle style), as well as a line of glazes to accomplish an earthy look. Leave your finished creation in the skilled hands of the kiln masters after you're satisfied. Finished and glazed pieces are ready for pick-up in about one week's time.
EVOO Marketplace, Colorado's original olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting room, offers a unique educational and interactive sampling experience. With a staff of trained mixologists whipping up a variety of taste combinations using more than 50 of the finest olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars. The discovery of their high quality products by local home chefs and food lovers has helped the shop flourish.
The philosophy behind the shop is simple – a store where customers are able to taste and receive expert education about their products prior to purchase. The expert staff of mixologists have a lot to boast about. The selection of fresh 100% extra-virgin olive oils, ranging from mild to robust intensity, are brought in by following the olive crush cycles of the Southern and Northern Hemisphere, ensuring optimal freshness. Flavors include as the smooth Sicilian Cerasuola del Belice extra-virgin olive oil, the flavor-fused blood orange olive oil, and the flavor-infused basil and Persian lime olive oil. Their genuine traditional balsamic vinegar hails from Modena, Italy, where it was aged for 12 to 18 years in a chestnut, oak, mulberry, or ash barrels without additives. In addition, white balsamic vinegars and flavored balsamic vinegars, such as Honey Ginger and Cranberry Pear, are available. The staff of mixologists recommends different uses of their products, ranging from a dressing for salads, a marinade, or a delicious addition to a mixed drink.