Founded by Ken Euston in 1971, Euston Hardware's old-fashioned legacy continues under the helm of Ken's son. Kevin, who has since grown the shops into three locations, keeps the shelves packed with more than 65,000 items for homes, landscaping, and automobiles. Experts chat with customers to help them to tackle projects from changing a car's oil to painting their house solid green so it can be replaced with a CGI castle. Home-improvement tools, which include items for the kitchen and bath, keep domiciles functioning at their best. The friendly staff can also guide green thumbs to lawn and garden supplies or help them select the right locks and outdoor equipment to keep their tools from escaping and impersonating the local robocop.
Whether picked up or delivered to the party's front door, bounce houses and 24-foot-long obstacle courses inflate quickly with a simple plug into a standard outlet. Affordable Inflatables of Kansas City's bright, colorful party pleasers let kids and gate-crashing squirrels tire themselves out throughout hours of safe, gravity-defying fun. In addition to its inflatable rentals, the company also stocks popcorn, cotton-candy, and snow-cone machines to gild fetes with a festive patina.
For more than 60 years, Zeke's Paint & Design Centers have been outfitting do-it-yourselfers with the paints and tools they need to give their homes chromatic makeovers. Zeke's preferred brand of paint, Benjamin Moore, can be mixed to perfectly match the preexisting colors on walls or breathe new life into boring pieces of Renaissance artwork. The store's commitment to professional-grade products doesn't stop at paint; finely bristled brushes, rollers, and supplies from brands such as Purdy and Corona ensure even coats and minimize the need for later touchups. Resident experts share helpful tips for do-it-yourself projects and can even point visitors in the direction of trusted professionals for more complex jobs, such as re-creating The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of a dog's house.
Bridesmade Blooms allows brides-to-be to create their own wedding pieces without the help of florists or the perpetually overcharging fairy godmothers' union. Every flower-related portion of a wedding—from the flower girl's petals to corsages—is covered in the company's videos, which download straight to your computer. To help with planning, the videos are accompanied by PDFs that make it easy to figure how many roses to purchase and supplies to buy. Bridesmade Blooms’s owner, Vicki, offers answers to frequently asked questions and other helpful hints.