The customer-service-focused staff at Goodman Building Supply, founded in 1955, arms to-do listers with hardware from an inventory of more than 60,000 items. Collect scraps from an upstart paper airline in a trash bin ($12.99+) or replace a bathroom elephant with a gleaming showerhead ($9.99+). The Certified Green Hardware store bathes Marin County in metaphorically verdant hues with its selection of more than 2,500 green products, including water-saving toilets and smart faucets.
The arrangements and installations of green door design fill homes with carefully balanced constructs of living plant material housed in and surrounded by artfully placed objet d'art. Single orchids ($28–$48) sweeten air and views with curling, colorful petals and intoxicating scents rumored to cause normally stoic house plants to shed their petals and go skinny stemming. Water-retaining succulents ($3–$38) thrive on arid counter tops or in dry gardens to steadfastly stand at attention flanked by fragrant candles or guardian statuary. Vintage pots line shelves alongside modern ceramic containers and one-of-a-kind carved wooden bowls, each competing to serve as the next vessel for an orchid arrangement with soft greens and wending branches ($45+) or to serve as a prop for the opening scene of Oliver!.
Over the past 25 years, Cheap Pete’s framers have honed their technique to a science, creating high-quality framing for any type of artwork, document, or object. Four Bay Area locations stock a huge selection of ready-made frames, including environmentally friendly options crafted from sustainably harvested pine or bamboo. Collage frames display a multitude of photos, showcasing favorite family memories or charting the development of a tiny infant into an adult-size infant. Customers can also create DIY frames with a large selection of framing tools and supplies.
Cheap Pete’s custom-framing services give customers the choice of more than 300 styles of mouldings, five types of glass, and a rainbow of mat colors. Shadowboxes display three-dimensional objects such as sports jerseys, matchbox cars, or exhibitionistic human beings. The shop also stretches canvases onto canvas bars, readying them to be hung at home or on the walls of a gallery.
As an artist, Jay Joya views frames as pieces of art in and of themselves. He salvages old barn wood and rustic scraps to craft frames that he paints by hand. In addition to the details he puts into his custom borders, Joya's acid-free matting and high-quality glass and acrylic ensure works of art remain preserved for years. A stock of more than 80 sizes of ready-made frames is always at hand to frame pieces in any style, from landscape to portrait to panorama. Beyond art and photography, Joya and his staff help clients frame or shadowbox items such as mirrors, heirlooms, and perfectly cooked steaks.
For nearly 30 years, Sun First! Solar has freed abodes from fossil-fuel dependence with hand-picked solar power equipment. Manufactured by green-energy titan SunPower, these durable photon slurpers can remain effective for up to 40 years, shaving down utility bills for decades to come.
Green-certified Jackson's Hardware, named Marin County's Best Hardware Store by Pacific Sun in 2011, buzzes with home-improvement experts who help visitors accessorize and maintain their domiciles with functional pieces and handyman tools. New showerheads ($3.95+) douse vertical bathers in smooth, aqueous streams, and door locks ($13.95+) and window screens ($9.95+) protect them from becoming horror-movie clichés. A new smoke detector senses the first waft of smog and alarms homeowners to ensure a quick evacuation ($7.99+). When finished flexing home-improvement prowess, follow the trail of sawdust crumbs leading to a trash can where construction carnage lays to rest ($22.99+). Invest in a hammer ($9.99+) to expand DIY capabilities, such as hanging up shelves or paint-by-number portraits of Charles Martel.