With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $8.49, 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. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $1.99 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($30 a day to rent).
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
Inspired to help car owners save money in the wake of an economic downturn, The Wrench-it Center's founder, Zachary Anderegg, opened the heated bays of a full-service, do-it-yourself garage lauded by the Deseret News as "Salt Lake Valley's most innovative—and hands-on—automotive repair business." Amateur mechanics can access both high-rise and low-rise lifts as well as a 200-piece toolbox, and they can also plug into the garage's Alldata automotive repair database so they don't have to ask their car to honk three times when it stops hurting. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, when visitors hit a snag, this computer system "shows drawings of just about every part and how they fit together for all makes and models." When the garage doesn't have the part for a required repair, free parts delivery can summon rare factory components and more aerodynamic bumper stickers. Owners can enlist the shop's mechanics to coach them through the repair process, and at any point they can hand the job off and enjoy the full-service treatment.
Silver Star Hardware’s friendly staff skillfully proffers advice for home improvement while helping to outfit and accessorize homes with an eclectic, frequently updated array of functional and decorative accents. Troves of hardware promise to grease the wheels of domestic efficiency, from a menagerie of elephant hooks ($9) and butterfly hinges ($6.50/pair) to toggle and outlet-flattering switch plates ($21.50–$27.50) and twig-shaped toilet-paper holders ($49.50). Fulfill metal urges with a spangling of cast-iron star knobs ($4.50) or copper house numbers ($11.75 each) that ambidextrously emblazon either addresses or pi, or pin households’ hearts on their façades with vivid peace-dove banners ($12). Once residential shopping lists are dispatched, customers can browse the gift shop or treat their own soul habitats to a cup of steaming java at the on-site coffee bar.
It all started with a happy cow. In 1972, Phil Augason devised a whey-based alternative to powdered milk, and called it Morning Moo's, complete with mascot of a cow licking its lips, or whatever cow-mouths have there. With its impressive resemblance to fresh 2% milk, it became popular with campers, the emergency-preparedness community and everyday families alike. In the years since then, the family company has continued to develop ultra-long-lasting meals and mixes by starting with fresh ingredients and blending them to create foods that will still taste good 15 or 30 years from now. Their current inventory includes freeze-dried fruits and vegetables, canned meals, and soup mixes, along with a line of gluten-free baking mixes.
Standard Wood collects its firewood from dead standing trees and seasons it for up to five years to ensure clean, uniform burning. Bundles of Wyoming mountain pine ($3) join premeasured bins of hardwoods—such as dense, long-burning oak, gray barkless pinion, and fragrant cedar, which fills ears with crackles, pops, and head-rattling sub-bass as it burns—in quarter-, half-, and full-cord increments ($15–$50). Each bundle arrives wrapped in heavy-gauge plastic to ensure that fluctuating temperatures and invasive pests don't sabotage timber’s burning power. Standard Wood delivers kindling to doorsteps throughout the Salt Lake Valley (a $25 fee, eligible with this Groupon).