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 Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set 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. 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).
Catherine and Scott McKearn leave no corner of the world unsearched in their quest to discover artisan furniture builders. The couple frequents faraway destinations in India, Indonesia, China, and Morocco to unearth beautiful solid-wood furniture to import directly to their three shops. In order to save their customers money, they buy pieces wholesale and ship them in 40-foot containers, bypassing both middlemen and price-gun-wielding pirates. Their furniture ranges in style from industrial to French country, and the eclectic selection rotates every few weeks to accommodate new shipments.
The family that owns La Rouge Nursery is always on the lookout for the most eye-catching annuals, perennials, and shrubbery for their customers' landscaping projects. However, they also stock planting basics such as mulch and soil. As the weather changes, so does the nursery's inventory–customers can find seasonal offerings such as Christmas trees and La Rouge is also stocked with unique gift items including Nouvelle Candles, jewelry, garden and home decor as well as air plants.
The team behind the mom-and-pop Fabric Warehouse started their textile adventure in 1994 with 1,000 square feet of space. Since then, the store has moved to a 12,000-square-foot building packed with colorful indoor and outdoor fabrics, along with a variety of home decorations. Fabric Warehouse's two professional designers have the knowledge and expertise to help their clients customize bedding and drapery for master bedrooms or create an animal-print theme for a Neolithic-style man cave.
The professionals at Red Stick Self Storage safely and conveniently stow customers’ belongings in well-lit and secure storage units. Electronic gates flank the facility, where the latest security systems, including high-tech cameras, keep guard over prized possessions and misbehaving futons sequestered in a time-out. After moving in belongings with the aid of Red Stick's handcarts, clients are free to access their storage units seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Clients can select a climate-controlled unit for temperature-sensitive items or a non-climate-controlled unit for items itching to prove their machismo.