Supplying contractors and do-it-yourselfers for almost nine decades, the family-owned Little Hardware Company stocks a complete selection of high-quality tools, hardware, and hard-to-find items. Customers can protect fingers from jobsite hazards, home-remodeling incidents, and roving gangs of manicurists with a wealth of insulated and regular gloves ($0.99–$36.99). Carve manifestoes into tree trunks with an assortment of pocket knives ($6.99+) such as the Kershaw Oso Sweet model ($23.89), or complete toolboxes with Little Hardware's full line of Irwin vise grips ($5.99–$44.79). Timberland boots enclose feet in stylish comfort ($85.49–$99.99), and power tools from DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee, and Festool supply wielders with more might than the enchanted screwdriver King Arthur used to install Camelot's spice racks.
The scent of freshly popped popcorn fills the air as customers carrying complimentary paper bags of the buttery kernels meander through aisles of birding supplies, gardening tools, home décor, and eclectic gifts from around the globe. Eighty employees advise customers on home projects and purchases such as gas and charcoal grills from brands including Big Green Egg and Weber. Before new grills fire up hamburger patties or outstanding parking tickets, the kitchen department's wall of gadgets, serving ware, and party supplies completes any checklist of barbecue necessities. The home-repair and project areas include a Benjamin Moore station with custom paint-blending services to mix up sample colors to find the perfect hue. Outdoors, the garden area encloses a hand-selected assortment of leafy green plants in a natural, garden-like setting alongside birdbaths and fountains. The birding department carries more than 100 different feeders and specialty seed blends to attract tiny hummingbirds or tiny bee-riding knights.
Each year between October and January, Peppermint Forest Christmas Shop's 35,000-square-foot retail space is buried under a blizzard of Christmas decorations and gifts. Cheer up local grinches with glittered poinsettia decorations, which can be used to beautify Christmas wreaths, mantles, or the handlebars of Jack Frost's chopper. An extensive stock of ornaments equips home-decorators with tree-trimming and hall-decking supplies, such as holiday-swirl hand-blown-glass ornaments by Glass Eye Studio or a Spirit of Hope Fairy by Mark Roberts Collectibles —a festive fairy doll accompanied by a short story. Peppermint Forest Christmas Shop does its part to limit the uprooting of innocent trees by stocking 166 lifelike faux Christmas trees, including the 6.5-foot WonderLit Natural Wilgreen Fir, made from molds cast from real evergreen trees.
For more than 60 years, Fireside Hearth & Home’s staff has been a treasure-trove of information on their ample stock of fireplaces, stoves, and inserts. Not a single model on the store’s showroom stands alone. Each unit is integrated into a different scene on the floor to give shoppers an idea of what the fireplace might look like in their living rooms, kitchens, supervillain lairs, and outdoor patios. Fireside’s trained staff can also help install new stoves or fireplaces in homes, from Heat & Glo to Heatilator to Quadra-Fire products.
A bad window-tinting job can mean bubbles, cracks, and purple hues. So each professional installer at Sun Stoppers Window Tinting is required to have at least five years of experience. To set their customers’ minds even more at ease, technicians back up their services with a lifetime performance warranty. Their window tinting keeps interiors from overheating, shields passengers from UV rays, and adds an attractive aesthetic to exteriors. Reduced glare helps drivers stay safe, and if an accident happens, the tinting holds shattered glass in place.
The technicians can also shield paint jobs from weather, rogue pebbles, and bugs with 3M paint-protection film. Beyond automotive services, the technicians also tint residential windows and install solar screen shades to protect furnishings from the damaging effects of the ball of fire that grants us life.
Color Concepts Paint's skilled technicians attack each task with a meticulous attention to detail, covering interior and exterior surfaces at industrial, commercial, and residential spaces with shiny new coats of paint. Painters adhere vinyl, fabric, and elastometric coatings to indoor and outdoor walls, priding themselves on their commitment to keeping up with paint technology. That commitment manifests itself in paint failure analysis for maintenance and repair projects and the use of high-tech equipment. One example would be Zolatone Polomyx paint, which conceals scuffs less conspicuously than traditional solid colors or knee patches. The Color Concepts Paint team complements their color services with power-washing treatments that remove layers of deep-seated soot and grime from building facades.