Kramer's Sew & Vac specializes in sewing machines and vacuum cleaners, and it's been vending these wares since 1947. Bring in a faulty machine for a quick fix, or peruse a selection of new sewing machines from Bernina and vacuums from Miele. Kramer's also meets the needs of the sewing community with regular classes, which teach quilting and embroidery skills via traditional methods and on the computer.
Whether updating a kitchen's dated tiles or replacing its Nerf countertops with something sturdier, Builtmore is the one-stop shop where you can find all the materials you'll need. Builtmore's online virtual kitchen lets kitchen remodelers test out color combinations between the backsplash, counter, cabinet, and floor—resulting in far fewer accidental deaths than the store's kitchen holodeck. From there, browse more than 90 colors of granite countertop cut with eight different edges and polished to a mirror-like sheen ($45 per square foot and up), then pick out a sink or floor tile ($1.25 per square foot and up) to match. Builtmore's eponymous line of cabinets comes in five different colors and gives you plenty of apartment units to rent out to pet tarantulas, as do custom Wellborn cabinets, which were featured in HGTV's 2011 Dream Home. Installation fees vary by project; call ahead for a quote.
Established 32 years ago, Sandy's Sewing Center shines in its field as Lexington's only licensed dealer of Husqvarna Viking sewing machines. Those who bought their Husqvarna machines from Sandy's can sign up for machine-owner's classes free of charge, and owners of any machine can bring it in for repairs whenever necessary. Though patterns, materials, needles, and thread line the shelves in abundance, the center's greatest contributions to craft come in the form of classes and camps for students age 9 and older. Always on the leading needlepoint of embroidery, Sandy's offers accessible intros to Husqvarna's 5-D and 4-D design software, which allow stitchers to preview a design, swap colors out at will, make a pattern of their own, or convert their Home on the Range placard into a MIDI file.
Passionate couple seeks seabass, scallops, shrimp, salmon, red snapper, beef tenderloin, pork loin, veal, onions, peppers, mushrooms, all cooked to perfection on a slab of 500 million year old pink Himalayan salt. The Salt Rox is preheated and ready to sizzle. Grilling on the stone makes food succulent and delicious.
Ace Hardware stockpiles a bevy of tools, lawn and garden accouterments, housewares, and other handy items at two local, independently owned storefronts. While merchandise varies by store, customers encounter items such as a Cooper Lighting halogen work light ($17.99) to illuminate outdoor projects or a DeWalt two-in-one power-tool tote for carrying mighty drills or escape-prone tape measures. The eminently wieldable Dremel rotary-tool kit ($49.99) comes complete with two speeds and 15 accessories, and the Wen electric engraver ($18.99) makes a fitting gift for artistic loved ones or meticulous housecats practicing their calligraphy skills.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.