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.
The knowledgeable nursery and landscape staff at Full Features Nursery transforms mere lawns and gardens into living works of art with a bountiful assortment of plants, trees, shrubs, and other assorted greenery. A team of outdoor architects beautifies homesteads with speedy delivery and installation of bulk mulch ($40/cu. yd.), decorative rock ($84+/cu. yd.), and self-sustaining steam geysers. The expansive 20-acre, three-greenhouse nursery nurtures a host of plant life, such as annual cell packs ($1.99/four-pack cell) and sun, shade, and native perennials ($7.99+). In addition to peppering gardens with smaller plants, patrons can work to balance their biosphere’s carbon trade deficit with the secure deposit of a tree available in deciduous, evergreen, ornamental, or fruit flavors ($55+).