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Authentic Pine Floors offers a host of unique and eye-teasing heartwood flooring options. Valued for its strength and not its operatic singing voice, heartwood is fashioned from the dead or dormant center of a tree, giving it a higher density and durability. Authentic Pine Floors also operates their own manufacturing facility, where they recycle beams from old distilleries and warehouses into antique heart-pine flooring. Remodel kitchens with 5 1/8-inch or 7-inch-wide slats of reclaimed heart pine ($8.33/sq. ft.), or 6-inch clear-yellow pine ($2.05+/sq. ft.), or beautify foot highways with wide-plank oak. Homeowners can also bedeck dining rooms with a sampling of finished flooring, or opt for Authentic Pine's hand-distressed prefinished woods, which are enriched with a rubdown of oil that gives floors an aged look usually reserved for sepia-toned home movies.

4042 Highway 42
Locust Grove,
GA
US

With humble beginnings in 1924, Ace Hardware now comprises 4,600 stores in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries, guiding everyone from seasoned do-it-yourselfers to novices through its massive inventory. Enlist the aid of a knowledgeable pro while sifting through tools, lawn and garden supplies, electrical equipment, and outdoor-living accessories that simplify the hosting of backyard barbecues and the hanging of Christmas lights on zoo animals. Holiday accessories such as 100-count lights ($9.99) and portable fireplaces ($29.99) aid and imbue celebrations with seasonal spirit. During any time of year, a hatchet ($18.49–$36.99) helps forest visionaries see the wood for the trees, and a second mailbox ($13.99–$84.99) doubles the amount of fan mail homeowners can expect to receive.

2983 N Druid Hills Rd NE
Atlanta,
GA
US

Ace Hardware's project people assist and advise on a gamut-running range of home- and garden-oriented endeavors. The 20-pound propane-tank refill will pump up a deflated cylinder with the energy to grill juicy burgers, cook corn on the cob, or blaze a flame that can be used as a nightlight for adults locked out of their own houses. Like a roaring campfire or a solar panel, the propane-tank refill can also be used for outdoor heating.

3519 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta,
GA
US

South Atlanta Granite safeguards stone surfaces with SenGuard sealant applications. Though most granite surfaces are sealed before being fabricated and installed, they still require periodic upkeep and resealing. SenGuard penetrates porous stone surfaces to form a chemical bond, changing the surface tension of the stone and forming a metaphysical connection with nearby sidewalks. By creating a chemical partition, SenGuard helps countertops resist liquids, ensuring long-lasting stain protection against oils, dark vinegars, and juices. Sealant applications typically take 15 minutes and dry instantly, leaving countertops protected and ready for an onslaught of water balloons filled with pomegranate juice or red-wine vinegar.

7280 Highway 16
Senoia,
GA
US

At Let's Paint Pottery, aspiring artists can drop in anytime to customize plain pieces of pottery. After selecting an unfinished ceramic piece from the studio's selection of serving ware and home decor items, they’ll use provided stamps, stencils, and idea books to map out their design and next tattoos. They then draw from a palette of more than 50 paints and glazes to coat their creation before handing it over to a staff member, who fires the work in the studio's kiln. The studio also offers two-hour canvas-painting sessions, wherein guests armed with acrylic paints learn brushstroke basics.

1522 Dogwood Dr SE
Conyers,
GA
US

Stationed at at Lagrange/Callaway Airport, the FAA-certified flight instructors at Airventures teach their pupils the nuances of flying in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Their services range from introductory Learn to Fly courses to Private Pilot's License course regimens, which can serve as a launch pad to earning one's instrument rating, multi-engine rating, and commercial piloting license. For seasoned vets, the outpost also furnishes rental aircraft and assists aviators with scheduling trips to nearby attractions such as Gulf Coast beaches, Atlanta, and that cloud that looks like Garfield.

525 Aerotron Pkwy
Lagrange,
GA
US