Ace Hardware's well-stocked aisles abound with home goods, tools, and furnishings for nearly any home-improvement project. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set ($8.49), a Stanley rip hammer ($9.49), 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. Home improvers can illuminate their newfound décor with a 6-pack of Ace bent tip light bulbs ($17.94), the better to see by while making use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). For those who need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, most stores offer a paint-matching service free of charge. Keys can be copied, and barnacle-encrusted carpet cleaned with the help of a rented carpet-cleaning machine (inquire about pricing at your preferred location).
Every garment that comes into The Cleaners Club goes through a six-step cleaning process the starts with an inspection and ends with custom packaging. The employees behind the process all have a minimum of five years of dry-cleaning experience and underwent a two-month training program before being hired. This dedication to quality service and educated staff has been The Cleaners Club mantra since the company's inception in 1985, and it's helped them develop long-standing partnerships with corporations including Ralphs and Vons. Both locations use nontoxic hydrocarbon solvents designed to cleanse garments and upholstery without perchloroethylene—an environmentally unfriendly chemical used by many dry cleaners and Mother Nature's rebellious nephew.
For more than 25 years, the experts at Elite Interiors have helped guests select the perfect shutters, shades, and sheers to adorn windows. They help guests find the window dressings to suit their aesthetic and lighting needs, with Hunter Douglas sheers that soften natural light while providing privacy, Graber, Skandia, and Progressive shutters, and automated shades that block out light without unsightly cords.
For the fifth year in a row, the Del Mar Mud Run is setting up shop at the historic Del Mar Fairgrounds. A sell-out event in each of its first four runs, the event has gained notoriety for its national TV spots and attendance by reality-TV stars. This year's race will keep everyone on their muddy toes, though, as a brand-new course will introduce different obstacles and a possible redefinition of true north. Participants can sign up as individuals or a team; either way, they can hit up a post-race foam fest with hot showers and a dance party.
Jack George knows firsthand that it's rare to find a cleaner who'll scrub rarely touched areas, such as the inside corners of the microwave or the tile behind the toilet. His business, Never Clean Again, was born from such a search for his own home. His cleaning crews craft a personalized checklist for each client, then set to work with their own tools and nontoxic cleaners. They wipe down surfaces with microfiber cloths and mop every floor twice. The licensed, bonded, and insured cleaners always back up their work—not with messages scrawled on the bathroom mirror in invisible ink but with a satisfaction guarantee. The community-minded company also believes in giving back; through Cleaning for a Reason, it supports women undergoing treatment for cancer by cleaning their homes free of charge.
With decades of home repair and remodeling experience under their tool belts, A Bit of Help’s handymen travel throughout San Diego to tackle customers’ household maintenance dilemmas. Rather than tending to many clients all at once, A Bit of Help focuses on building long-term relationships with its small roster of customers. The business’s long list of services includes plumbing, flooring, carpentry, and electrical work. Handymen can install a brand-new sink in your bathroom, a new lighting fixture in your foyer, or a remote-controlled garage door on your walk-in closet. With a “by the job” pricing model, A Bit of Help asks that customers call ahead for a free estimate and assures that no job is too big or small.