Though most people don’t visit hardware stores until 38 light bulbs simultaneously go out, the sturdily constructed walls of your local hardware store hold a smorgasbord of life-simplifying tools and treats, such as a 16-inch oscillating standing fan ($24.99), Scotts Turf Builder and lawn-fertilizer bundles ($19.99), and finger-licking world famous Kinder's barbecue sauce (four for $20) just in time for August 18th Day. 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.
Even for companies with sunny offices, it'd be a stretch to boast that they have 250,000 windows to their name, but Alco Siding and Windows can honestly say that it does. Its factory-trained team has installed more than 250,000 windows throughout California and Nevada over the past two decades. The company also specializes in siding, with an arsenal of both vinyl and fiber-cement styles. Alco's services extend beyond those mentioned in its name, though, with skilled staffers who also can install decks, repaint home exteriors, and replace roofs with materials that make rain sound like a fun Civil War reenactment. To ensure happy customers, all their handiwork is backed by a satisfaction guarantee.
California Backyard's five stores help homeowners turn outdoor spaces into full-fledged living areas with a variety of products, including barbecue grills, patio furniture, and hot tubs. California Backyard also provides its patrons with access to a team of service technicians skilled in the installation and repair of many of its products. Come the holidays, each store dedicates space to a Christmas trim-a-home center, where patrons can stock up on décor and pamphlets on healthy eating for Santa.
For more than 100 years, Emigh Ace Hardware has been equipping households and handypersons with a durable selection of tools, paints, and domiciliary goods. Helpful employees, some with more than 20 years of experience, can point shoppers toward the proper tools, while a koi pond and complimentary balloons and popcorn for kids add color and flavor beyond the usual hardware-store milieu. Customers may peruse popular name-brand paints like Clark + Kensington's paint and primer in one ($26-$36) or Benjamin Moore ($33.99+). Homeowners can invest in a Craftsman wrench set ($19.99) or scare away infiltrating ivy tendrils with a 30-inch leaf rake ($11.99). Air filters in assorted sizes ($4.49+) banish dust before future breaths, just as A-Maz Water Stain Remover ($7.99) eliminates mineral deposits, while the fall mums—like a jack-o'-lantern covered in fireworks—can keep gardens bright as they transition to the coming season ($1.99 for 4” flowers).
Relles Florist boasts a cornucopia of fresh flowers that designers arrange into artistic displays capable of celebrating any occasion. Surprise a date with a half-dozen red roses enlivened with floral fillers ($49), or distract a cranky neighbor by placing a Because You're Special vase of carnations, poms, and daisies ($52.50+) on his doorstep while retrieving moon rocks thrown in his back yard. The Wondrous Nature basket celebrates birthdays with pastel colors and stargazer lilies ($44.95+), and the ever-welcome Sunny Day bouquet inspires ailing friends to cheer up with bright yellow roses, peruvian lilies, and poms ($48.95+). Stems of greenery bulk up the Summertime Surprise bouquet ($39.95+) to fill rooms with a leafier oxygen injection and hide praying mantises on the run from volatile ex-girlfriends.
U Bead It's jewelry geniuses impart bead beginners with bracelet-building know-how during each two-hour introductory class. Overseen by an expert instructor, each class teaches students how to use tools, string beads, and apply decorative findings such as vintage brasses, bronze charms, and centuries-old Spanish doubloons. Bracelet-making supply kits, available for an additional cost, make sifting through wristlet components simpler, though customers are encouraged to bring their own supplies. As a good-vibe-inducing bonus, each attendee receives a 15% discount on the purchase of all class materials including clasps, charms, and beading supplies. Check the schedule for class times, which are typically offered once a month.