Rocky Ridge Hardware’s handy staff has been packing area toolboxes with hardware and supplies from trusted brands, including 3M, Bosch, and Toro, for more than 30 years. The heat-repelling interior of a 5-gallon water cooler ($21.29) prevents its aqueous contents from morphing into lukewarm liquid or spontaneously combusting, and a pair of Jersey gloves ($0.99) protects paws from splintering agents’ ill intentions. Movable feasts take a fully realized form with the mobile flames of a portable charcoal grill ($32). Layers of odorless Kilz spray primer ($4.99) create an even canvas upon which to slather pigments, and evenly spaced numbers along the measuring tape’s ($7.89) border lends an air of mathematical credibility more easily than forged diplomas from MIT.
Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 500 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.
Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants—such as crickets, ants, and grazing neighbors—shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.
Owner Andy Robertson sends his staff of expert cleaning crews all over Birmingham to tidy up home and business exteriors in need of attention. Andy's licensed and insured technicians can swiftly remove debris from gutters, and hand-wash windows using only a towel and squeegee. Soft pressure washing is also available to remove grime from wooden decks or popcorn kernels stuck between wooden teeth.
Each of Moxii's workshops runs from 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. and takes place at Innovation Depot, a contemporary, creative space in partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The business's experienced design staff specializes in transforming houses, dorms, and full-sized windowless vans with whimsical, personalized combinations of texture, pattern, and color. Check out pictures from a previous stocking workshop on Moxii's blog.
Alabama Art Supply shoppers can stock up on supplies for artistic pursuits as well as hobbies, school projects, and office work. The store's staff of eager art authorities assists budding Botticellis in selecting painting necessities such as an Alum Field easel ($47), and a 12-piece calligraphy set ($15.50) assists in the composition of memorable love notes and artful grocery lists. Meanwhile, nontoxic oven-baked clay sets in assorted colors ($1.36) allow kids to finally sculpt in a medium other than Crisco. The shop's collection of wood-handle rubber stamps ($5.79¬–$8.59) lets users make their mark in beguiling fashion, and embroidered leatherette scrapbooks ($19.99) stand ready to handsomely enclose memories and treasured parking tickets.
Harmony Landing stocks an eclectic collection of casual home furnishings, looking both to the owner's traditional Kentucky roots and new home décor trends. Prospective decorators can peruse wood tables, sideboards, and consoles ($400+) with a range of surface finishes, or pick up a glowing lamp ($50+) to cast new light on neglected home offices or send unwelcome fruit-bat squatters packing. Shoppers can also apply this deal toward a larger purchase such as a chair ($700–$1500) or sofa ($1200+). Harmony Landing also boasts an array of gift items, ranging from springtime wreaths and jewelry to insulated to-go cups in eye-popping patterns.