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.
The Ready Project?s virtual shelves contain all the necessary tools, gear, and food for outdoor expeditions, camping trips, and natural disasters. Emergency supplies outfit homes with survival kits and water-treatment kits, as well as emergency stoves and communication devices such as radios or weather-proof carrier pigeons. Survival gear allows nature explorers to create shelter with knives and tools, as well as guarding against castaway fatigue with signal mirrors, emergency flares, or air horns. To bolster homes with long-lasting food supplies, The Ready Project?s monthly doses of food storage packs 2,000 calories in daily meals. Nineteen gourmet dishes such as potato soup and chili come to life with the mere addition of water, and remain safely on shelves for 20 years.
The DIY doyens at Jones Paint & Glass stock the store with an impressive array of wall hues and wood finishes to quench thirsty brushes and spruce up surfaces. Home-improvement projects, such as painting a bedroom or covering up graffiti left by a rebellious house cat, move forward with ease when homeowners wield a bucket of Ralph Lauren paint (around $45/gal.). Hawked in the New World since 1754, Devoe Regency paint (around $40/gallon) proffers a spectrum of interior and exterior tones, and Sikkens wood finish (around $43–$65/gal.) makes doors, baseboards, or peg legs gleam with a glossy, high-quality sheen.
Holden Connolly has always enjoyed making people laugh. As a kid, he was designated as the clown of his family—a family that included 6 siblings and 68 first cousins. Today, Connolly is a college student and strives to become a physician and work with terminally ill children.
In his spare time, though, Connolly anchors a team of costumed heroes and pop-culture icons: Batman, Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Winnie the Pooh, and Sleeping Beauty, just to name a few. These characters are dispatched to parties across the Salt Lake Valley. There, they infuse celebrations with extra shots of wonder, whether it's Connolly behind the mask or one of his talented team members. But these characters conduct more than just formal appearances—they also lead guests through fun activities such as face painting, magic tricks, and tug of war, emphatically carrying out a duty that Connolly began as a child himself.