Drill bits twist, measuring tape unfurls, and saws chomp through two-by-fours in ACE Hardware, where shelves dangle with scores of tools and other home-improvement essentials. Wall pigment by Ace Paint and Benjamin Moore beams across the color spectrum as faucet parts and cabinet hardware retool aging abodes and jury-rigged time machines. Large appliances, such as Honeywell space heaters, Perfect Aire air conditioners, and Cadet thermostats, keep indoor air at a comfortable temperature. Outside, bags of seed and compost join charcoal grills to brighten backyard celebrations as rolling hand trucks heft heavy lumber purchases or prefab doghouses for socialite canines. Tools, electrical tape, and other handyman essentials round out each location's array of fixative and creative supplies.
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
With indoor and outdoor facilities, as well as easy access to hundreds of miles in the scenic Las Trampas Regional Wilderness, Las Trampas Stables provides an opportune setting for learning the basics of horseback riding. This deal gets you three 90-minute classes with Las Trampas Stables's experienced instructors, where you'll learn the basics of English-style riding, the type of riding typically used for show jumping, polo, and sipping on a cup of Earl Grey tea while galloping down Highway 80. Aspiring horse-riders will learn about equestrian psychology, how to care for each horse, and fundamental riding techniques, with the staff ensuring that each rider has a firm foundation laid for a robust riding career.
The faculty at Technical Institute for Indoor Gardening share knowledge of sustainable soil and hydroponic gardening practices through instruction and commissioned projects. Two gardeners with more than 50 years of combined experience teamed with 3rd Street Hydroponics to create classes and workshops ranging from pest control and composting to greenhouse construction. Teachers aim to reduce carbon footprints through their curriculum, and share their knowledge with the public via an ever-changing program of events, such as free hydroponic gardening fairs. The Institute also heads construction and development of the Oakland Organic Gardens, which aims to enable urban gardening while employing only renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, water, and a golden retriever's love.
Legacy Custom Framing is a full-service custom framing shop that specializes in beautifying the boundaries of artwork, photos, maps, dried banana peels, and more. More than 2,000 frame samples (starting at $6 a foot) in a wide variety of colors and styles satisfy the decorative demands of any project. Custom frames offer numerous options for defining future masterpieces and are handcrafted by professional framesmiths living inside a large maple tree adjacent to the Keebler Komplex. Moldings ($10–100+ per foot) both modern and classical are available in various types of woods and metals, as is a large selection of artisan frames from Italy and eco-frames.