Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
Tile adds a clean, creative look to kitchens, bathrooms, and patios, but it's also an eco-friendly flooring material that requires no harsh chemicals or maintenance to keep it gleaming. Staff members at A World of Tile help clients to upgrade living spaces with this environmentally friendly alternative through in-house design consultations and a range of ceramic, stone, and specialty tiles. They amass products from across the globe, offering unique designs and SunTouch heated options that warm toes during cold winter months and prevent chihuahuas from shaking the whole year. During free hands-on workshops, staffers teach customers how to correctly install tile themselves or provide referrals to local contractors.
Countless repairs and home-remodeling projects can undoubtedly trace their lineage back to Paul's Ace Hardware, which began doling out DIY equipment and home-improvement supplies in 1956. Founded by Paul E. Dauwalder, the shop quickly expanded from its original 1,800-square-foot space, branching out to five shops that now operate beneath the expert eye of Paul's granddaughter. Cleaning products, outdoor equipment, and pool supplies are just a fragment of the stores' inventory, with power tools awaiting steady hands, fishing gear beckoning lake dwellers, and building materials—including the Tempe location's 56,000 square feet of lumber—standing poised and ready to be assembled into dams by handy beavers. Still in the city of its founding, the Scottsdale location has moved and upgraded to its own building.
At least in our cultural imagination, mid-century America was a place of grandeur and decadence—a throwback to the Jazz Age, but with all the trappings of modernity. Whether that place ever truly existed is debatable, but one thing isn’t: Mabel’s on Main has captured all of its intoxicating charms. From handcrafted cocktails to intricately embossed tin ceilings, Mabel’s leaves no detail unaccounted for in its reconstruction of a lost era. Indeed, it’s hard not to feel like a character from Mad Men while sipping on a classic gin martini or any of the bar’s other signature cocktails. Meanwhile, the rest of the menu betrays more contemporary influences with a focus on flatbread pizzas, gourmet burgers, and artisanal cheese platters. If you’re really interested in time travel, book a night in the private room. This secret lounge painstakingly recreates all the elegance of the 1950s' most exclusive clubs with its customized menu, personal concierge service, and roving Elvis impersonators.
The traveling technicians at IllumiNation Window & Door Co specialize in installing GE Energy Star-rated windows and doors that flood homes with natural light and help to retain heat or cool air. Their selection of energy-efficient windows includes fiberglass as well as panels with aluminum, vinyl, and wood trim. The door selection, meanwhile, is even more specialized, ranging from glass-paned French and bi-fold patio doors to special iron-fronted security doors. In addition to installing these fresh new portals, technicians will also replace and dispose of any old windows and doors, and back each service with a lifetime guarantee.
Situated at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, Cabo San Lucas has an energetic atmosphere fueled by beach parties and nightclubs. A lot of the action centers on the downtown area, where shops selling hand-embroidered dresses and carved ironwood figures line up next to bars playing live Latin music. Owing to its oceanfront setting, Cabo is also a prime destination for watersports such as scuba diving and snorkeling. Sport fishing was what attracted the area's first tourists, and it remains a popular pastime, thanks to the more than 850 species of fish inhabiting the Sea of Cortez. Fishers set sail from the Cabo San Lucas marina in hopes of snagging tuna, swordfish, and marlins weighing between 100 and 700 pounds.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.