Scoop up a name stool ($59), Hollow Woodwork's most popular piece. The regular-size seat holds a name of up to eight letters in your choice of primary or pastel colors. The stool is designed to last a lifetime. The Shapes Puzzle ($19.99), featuring eight shapes and a blend of primary and pastel hues, teaches and entertains, and Hollow Woodworks will restore any lost puzzle pieces for free (shipping not included). Other options include coat racks ($34.99), memo boards ($39.99), and alphabet worms ($49.99).
Historic, picturesque Laclede's Landing is the backdrop for the "Kick It On The Cobblestones" block party, a fundraising event for area youth-sports organizations. In keeping with the sports theme, participants can enter for a chance to win tickets to the soccer game between Real Madrid and Inter Milan at the Edward Jones Dome at 1 p.m., and youngsters can compete in soccer challenges in the hopes of winning prizes. The full-day event isn't just about sports, though. Crowds can boogie to live tunes by R&B-tinged rockers Dirty Muggs and eclectic quintet El Scorcho. They can also wield their tickets for discounts at area establishments all weekend, including $3 off adult admission at the Wax Museum, a free handcrafted beer with lunch or dinner at Morgan Street Brewery, and half off apparel at other local businesses.
The professional renaissance folks at Parker's Services, Inc. keep abodes in working order with a wide-ranging slate of home improvement services that include everything from landscaping and painting to flooring and carpentry. The contractors help homeowners whittle away at household to-do lists and neutralize anxieties about shaggy lawns, peeling paint, or cracked drywall. The team schedules routine visits, perfect for keeping lawns under control all year-round, or one-time engagements typical of major jobs such as repairing plumbing, installing drywall, or sitting in for you at this month's book club.
For more than 50 years, the hard-working, insured staff at Beckner Painting & Contracting has gussied up homes and offices throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. On top of interior and exterior painting and refinishing, the business oversees contracting jobs, such as remodeling kitchens cabinetry and replacing four types of windows to suit different budgets. Technicians arrive at residences ready to tackle many forms of maintenance work, including plumbing, electric, and HVAC.
Female-owned Handylady Services can do everything a typical handyman service can do—perhaps even better. The woman behind the business got acquainted with hands-on work at a young age by helping out around the construction sites where her father worked. Later on, she developed her skills even more by earning a degree in construction management. Today, she leads a team of skilled women and men to tackle painting, mowing, electrical work, and other tasks that improve life inside homes or tree houses commandeered from neighborhood children.