Founded by Ken Euston in 1971, Euston Hardware's old-fashioned legacy continues under the helm of Ken's son. Kevin, who has since grown the shops into three locations, keeps the shelves packed with more than 65,000 items for homes, landscaping, and automobiles. Experts chat with customers to help them to tackle projects from changing a car's oil to painting their house solid green so it can be replaced with a CGI castle. Home-improvement tools, which include items for the kitchen and bath, keep domiciles functioning at their best. The friendly staff can also guide green thumbs to lawn and garden supplies or help them select the right locks and outdoor equipment to keep their tools from escaping and impersonating the local robocop.
For more than 60 years, Zeke's Paint & Design Centers have been outfitting do-it-yourselfers with the paints and tools they need to give their homes chromatic makeovers. Zeke's preferred brand of paint, Benjamin Moore, can be mixed to perfectly match the preexisting colors on walls or breathe new life into boring pieces of Renaissance artwork. The store's commitment to professional-grade products doesn't stop at paint; finely bristled brushes, rollers, and supplies from brands such as Purdy and Corona ensure even coats and minimize the need for later touchups. Resident experts share helpful tips for do-it-yourself projects and can even point visitors in the direction of trusted professionals for more complex jobs, such as re-creating The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of a dog's house.
A lifelong dog lover and doting owner of two labradoodles, Dan Thompson knew he didn’t want cages at his doggy daycare; he wanted his charges to play together before heading home happy and calm. So, instead of filling Dog Pawz playNstay with bars and locks, Thompson designed outdoor and indoor play areas where pooches exchange opinions on mailman fashions as they chow on natural food. Canines can spend the night, and owners of either boarding or visiting pets can visit the Dog Pawz playNstay website to log in and watch their pups on a live camera feed. The pet haven also grooms coats and trims toenails, outfits furry companions with leashes and toys, and can ferry them to and from home within a 3-mile radius, sparing pooches the need to figure out how much they should tip cab drivers.
Letting strangers into one’s home to clean around valued possessions can be nerve-wracking, which is why Shelby Seck is always happy to point out her pedigree. A resident of Overland Park, she has built her cleaning business through happy customers and word of mouth over the last 24 years, ensuring repeat business with her thorough technique. Her cleaners come prepped to deal with every room in the house by equipping themselves with biodegradable cleaning products. This means they are kind to materials while not irritating pets or children. Shelby's team can even divide their man hours, so one cleaner can come for an hour, two cleaners can come for half an hour, or a million cleaners can show up to make the floor cave in and utterly destroy an orange juice spill.
The husband-and-wife photography duo of Aubree and David Hahn provide moment-capturing services with professional panache. Together they make a practice of using their engaging personalities to lure each individual's essence from within, and then mercilessly capture it on film. Your photo session will include a 60-minute shoot to snap pristine poses of up to four people, so feel sure to invite your most contemplative or snap-happy friends and family members for the revealing session, even if it’s just you, yourself, and your personal poltergeist George. All snapshots from the photo session can be viewed in an online gallery the following day, and your favorite will be made into an 11"x14" print. Or, you can purchase up to three Groupons and combine all of them for one 16"x20" Giclée print and 30% off additional services.
Tyler Wirken draws on a background in photojournalism to educate novice and intermediate photographers in the art of shutter snapping. Three accessible class options include camera mechanics, which teaches novice shooters how to take advantage of basic camera functions, manipulate exposure, and use flashes to temporarily stun anyone who comes too close to their hidden stashes of Mr. Goodbars. An extensive camera-control class delves deeper into handling exposure and device settings, allowing those who shoot at the intermediate level to manipulate cameras like devious puppeteers. Light-and-composition classes teach how to cast everyone in the best possible light and why white balance isn't appropriate after Labor Day.