Handy employees help customers navigate shelves stocked with home-improvement implements, household appliances, and domestic essentials at Ace Hardware. Prepare for autumn with a sturdy leaf scoop ($6.49) and a package of five 30-gallon paper bags ($2.99), or reduce power consumption by purchasing compact fluorescent bulbs ($0.99 each), as an alternative to housing relatives inside an energy-efficient hamster wheel. In addition to its wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies, Ace Hardware dedicates ample space to gifts, home décor, and housewares.
The sunny yellow clapboards of a 135-year-old farmhouse announce the bright wares of the Village Lamp Shop, a family enterprise that has sold and repaired lighting elements since the days of the oil lamp. The Beuthien family sparked their business in the dawn of the 20th century, lighting candles and lamps for the observation of religious rituals. Now in its third generation, the lampsmiths specialize in filling homes with mid-century, retro, and antique fixtures restored to their original brilliance, as well as custom fabrication of everything from base to wavelength. Their handiness manifests in a line of cylinder lamps made on-site with '50s-inspired prints. The family's appreciation for kitsch and wry sense of humor comes to light through the store's mascot, Lou, a stereotypical 1950's partier who displays his spirit by crowning himself in a lampshade and singing Buddy Holly tunes off-key.
In 2011, the Oxford Leader’s readers awarded Birmingham Sealcoat, Inc. the title of Best Seal Coating for the second consecutive year. The award demonstrates how far owners Ryan and Mark Austin have taken their seal-coat, asphalt, and concrete-maintenance business since the brothers founded Austin’s Quality Asphalt Repair as a small weekend business in 2004. Today, the Austins have expanded their services to include patio and curb care in addition to installing asphalt and concrete. Their signature seal-coating service prolongs the life of asphalt surfaces by filling in cracks and creating an even, uniform appearance. The company is also a licensed dealer for Nature Stone flooring, a stain- and salt-resistant surface that lasts longer than concrete, insulates better than tiles, and absorbs moisture better than floors made of sponges.
Using their dustless, odorless proprietary system, the professionals at Fabulous Floors restore beauty and shine to hardwood floors. The process, which takes just a few hours, gently buffs away minor nicks and scratches while leaving all the wood intact. Sessions end with a protective coat of long-lasting polyurethane in a gloss, semigloss, or satin finish.