One of the country’s largest independent paint dealers, Spectrum Paint furnishes contractors, Fortune 500 companies, and homeowners with a vast variety of paints, stains, and specialty wall coatings from respected brands. A gallon of pastel PPG Pittsburgh Paints WallHide Ceramic ($24.28) decks nursery walls in stain-resistant hues, and 1-inch FrogTape ($7.97) protects windowsills with the music of hundreds of croaking amphibians. A wistful 2.5-inch AllPro Mako poly/nylon paintbrush ($7.97) dreams of the day it will dip its bristles into the nearby PPG Pittsburgh Paints sample quarts ($6.79). The absorbent AllPro 3/4-inch Gold Pro roller cover ($5.69) ensures the even, universal application of paint to walls, cabinets, or reprints of the Mona Lisa. The shop's staff provides excellent service, aiding customers in product selection and answering questions.
There are no cookie-cutter tables or dressers at 405 Imports. The husband-and-wife team that runs it specializes in finding distinctive pieces of furniture, art, and pottery. Many of the pieces bear the signature look of reclaimed items, which can imbue rooms with vintage charm or convince the neighbors that the time machine in the garage actually works. Other items feature repurposed wood and leather. With a main showroom as well as a fully stocked warehouse that opens to the public on the weekends, shoppers can always find an ever-changing selection of credenzas, end tables, armchairs, cabinets, dressers, and lamps.
The old west is alive and well in World Imports' spacious storeroom, where rustic leather rocking chairs rub aged wooden elbows with embroidered fabric sofas and intricately carved cupboards. Even their modern living-room and office furnishings retain an antique, southwestern aesthetic, including elegant roll-top desks and aged-wood entertainment centers capable of supporting both flat-screen TVs and vaudevillian barroom brawls. The constantly updated stock carries pieces for every room in the house, showcasing everything from stone-topped kitchen islands and rough-hewn bedroom sets to reclining leather love seats and dining-room sets made from handcrafted wood.
Outfitting dashing domiciles in unique, globally scavenged accoutrements, Red Chateau's elegant french doors open to admit style-conscious homeowners into its decorating passageways. Red Chateau globetrots to markets across North America and Europe, handpicking rare and unique furnishings ranging in price from $25 to $6,000. Fawn over sprays of colorful floral arrangements or vintage, decorative chandeliers that help set the mood for clandestine dinner parties and swashbuckling sock hops. Shoppers will struggle to resist the urge to run toes through boldly-pattern rugs or bury olfactory sensors in the jars of richly-scented Tyler Candles that line Red Chateau’s shelves in neat rows. In showcasing everything from decadent upholstery and custom fabrics, to animal-print lamp shades and crystal-studded accents, Red Chateau seamlessly melds the kind of elegance and exoticism matched only by a velvet rope party at the pachyderm house.
The friendly clothing cleansers at Martinizing Dry Cleaning have been scrubbing the enrobements of central Ohioans in an eco-friendly manner since upgrading to new GreenEarth technology. The noble employees will confront any stain with strong words and all the dirt-scattering ammo in their arsenal, ensuring that your garments return to you soft, clean, and smelling like pastoral Latvian pancake houses. Sweat-soaked blouses ($6.08), mud-caked slacks ($6.08), butter-drenched bedspreads (starting at $30.00), and your beloved sea-water-doused prom two-piece suit ($12.16) will be cleaned, freshly dried, and folded into neat origami ostriches. For tips on clothing care from Martinizing Dry Cleaning, click here.
When patrons rent a motorcycle from Oklahoma Harley Rental, they mount a motorized steed not generally available to civilian riders. Boasting motors 7 cubic inches larger than those found on standard bikes, the agency’s Electra Glides come factory-installed with 103-cubic-inch motors that typically power police interceptors. Assisted by six-speed transmissions and custom exhausts, the larger motors give travelers more bursts of speed than a coalition of cheetahs playing Red Light, Green Light. Oklahoma Harley Rental also issues Suzukis and 2012 Harley Road Kings, which carry a slimmer silhouette than the Electra Glide, but have a fat rear tire designed for longer trips. Though only licensed drivers can borrow bikes from the agency’s lineup, the uninsured can get staffers’ assistance in securing the necessary coverage.