Since opening in 1895, the Hoigaard family and its eponymous shop has been supplying nature lovers with the equipment and apparel necessary to make a playground out of the great outdoors. Today, third- and fourth-generation Hoigaards run the shop alongside a staff of camping aficionados and skilled craftspeople. Their expertise comes in handy as they dress fellow outdoorsfolk in a selection of belts, jackets, shoes, and boots from brand-name manufacturers such as Patagonia, White Sierra, FiveFingers, and The North Face. A collection of outdoor gear––including tents, bicycles, sleeping bags, and canoes––is available for rent or purchase, and the shop's staff repairs damaged equipment in their onsite repair and service shop. They also perform tune-ups for snowboards, skis, and inline skates, and split bicycles into two separate unicycles upon request.
The brewing and winemaking experts at Midwest Homebrewing and Winemaking Supplies lavish equipment and encouragement upon aspiring beverage crafters nationwide. Beer and wine equipment kits provide every necessity in one handy package, unlike puzzle-piece-of-the-month clubs, and ingredient kits yield liquid harvests in a range of styles and varietals. Whatever the favored flavor, Midwest's premium ingredients and handy how-to books help to make consistent batches each time, aiding brewers in avoiding the embarrassment of turning out a spicy pinot grigio or a bacon-flavored lager.
Viking Blinds is a family-owned-and-operated provider of quality custom window-coverings from Hunter Douglas. With quality wood ($122 for a 36"x36" value blind; $136 for premium) or two-inch aluminum blinds ($116 for 36"x36"), you can suspiciously survey the neighborhood riffraff before letting go with a satisfying snap. Or perhaps you'll find joy performing shadow-puppet shows on soft honeycomb shades ($111 for 30"x30"; $126 for 36"x36") before an audience of tomato-stuffed mason jars. Make sure with today's deal your window-coverings block out the platinum-fringed leaves in the forest homes of obscenely wealthy squirrels, which also shut out the harsh rays of the sun at their convenience.
Since 1935, Sunnyside Gardens' horticulture habitués have fueled the fruitfulness of local soil with a sanctuary of greenery and a stockade of gardening accessories. Populate organic canvases with Brilliant poppies made famous by Georgia O’Keefe ($10.99 each for 3+), or pick up a sturdy stem of Achillea Moonshine, which pays homage to the Greek god of bathtub gin ($10.99 each for 3+). Pet-friendly pest killers, such as Sluggo Slug and Snail Bait, exile gastropods from gardens ($12.99), and Liquid Fence flouts furry creatures including rabbits, deer, and sleepwalking fathers-in-law ($14.99). Sunnyside's experienced earth stewards navigate the 15,000-square-foot combination-indoor-outdoor store with expertise, leading gardeners of all abilities to thousands of annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs more efficiently than a thorny compass rose ever could.