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.
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.
Kids Bouncy Things quite literally brings the party with a full inventory of rentable party gear, including inflatables, water slides, chairs, and tables. To bring fetes to life, they also supply snow-cone, popcorn, and cotton-candy machines. With these supplies, hosts relax as their guests can spend all day bouncing, twirling, or applying for homeowner's insurance in an inflatable bounce house.
Inside Rozy Threading Studio, marigold-yellow walls surround techs as they twirl strings of cotton thread around unwanted facial hair. Then, with a flick of the wrist, they quickly pluck out each strand––a technique that precisely shapes brows and causes less irritation than tweezers or termites. They use this ancient approach alongside waxing to make skin smooth and hairless. When they aren't pruning brows, they purify pores with facials that incorporate extractions, steam, and herbal mud masks.
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.
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.