Patrons at Cole Hardware stuff their shopping bags with plenty of handy home goods before returning home to attend to projects of repair and beautification. Portable stor-a-key devices provide a safe docking station for spare lock-openers ($18.99), ideal for adding an extra level of security to boats' ignitions, filing cabinets, or spacecraft controls. Drink from Lifefactory glass water bottles to quench a parched thirst without parching the world's resources ($19.99), and take a picnic tote blanket ($19.99) along on outings to avoid needlessly bulldozing swaths of land for personal comfort. The knowledgeable staff also stocks the shelves with a huge selection of tools, including Craftsman wrenches ($19.99).
Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
Standard Plumbing Ace Hardware facilitates home-improvement projects and everyday repairs with an array of wares and a staff of knowledgeable handypeople. Embattled emperors can secure their castles by installing sturdy door locks ($9.99+), impede enemy avian messengers’ flight paths with window screens ($8.99+), or create a dry moat of venus flytraps with garden tools ($3.99+). New showerheads ($9.99+) can improve bathing enjoyment and relax vocal cords for water-accompanied arias, and smoke alarms ($8.99+) prevent disaster when dining-room campfires get too rowdy. With more than 50,000 items also available for special order, Standard Plumbing Ace Hardware can equip utility belts with all the supplies needed to tighten up a squeaky home or install a toilet in the living room.
A family business since 1873, Patrick & Co. matches mindful office workers with hard-to-find and eco-friendly items. Tree coddlers can choose a Kraft 1-inch binder, with covers fashioned from dye-free recycled material ($3.83), and cubicle conquerors can cocoon their phones in invisible tape to muffle any obnoxious Citizen Kane–inspired ring tones ($13.95/dozen). Fashion ink-penetrable armor for brave accountants from yellow Post-It notes before sending them out to take on the dreaded office copier ($14.35/12 pads). To support typing-taxed joints, an Innovera mouse pad's gel cushion conforms to the shape of any wrist ($17.13).
Bedroom & More spiffs up sleep shacks with plump mattresses. Let a queen-size Serta Perfect Day pillow-top mattress ($1,299) caress the curves of bedridden bowling balls, or snuggle into a Simmons Beautyrest Classic twin sleep sponge ($449–$499). Spend $499 or more and Bedroom & More will deliver and set up your dream-inducing duo for free (limited to 30-mile radius).