True Value traces its origins back to 1910, and now boasts 4,500 independent retailers across the country—one of which perches locally on Hampton Avenue, ready to outfit DIYers, gardeners, and homeowners with the supplies their projects demand. Should the store's generously stocked shelves leave a specific screwdriver or grass seed to be desired, a staffer can order items from True Value's densely packed catalog at no extra charge. In addition to equipping jacks-of-all-trades, the skilled technicians at Southside True Value Hardware can be called upon to repair household items, such as lawn mowers that have lost their faith in the tenets of a neatly trimmed yard.
Amid the July heat of 1955, four brothers—Arnold, Horace, Howard, and Oreon Wesche—took ownership of the existing Overland Hardware, working tirelessly to keep their store well oiled until 1975 when the next generation of Wesches grabbed the reigns. Dedicated to upholding their forbearers' rigorous standards of friendly and personalized service, current owners Gregg Wesche and Don Burkhardt maintain the store’s old-fashioned sensibilities of customer service. The knowledgeable staff spends time explaining tools and their uses to shoppers before carrying out purchases to customers’ horses tied up out front. The affable crew stocks shelves with seasonal supplies for all manner of projects, from large-scale home repairs to garden hobbies. Champions of speedy yet meticulous workmanship, Overland Hardware’s jack-of-all-trades staff also performs multifarious in-store and on-location services, from cutting chip keys for cars to repairing screens smashed by thieves attempting to steal cooling pies off of windowsills.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Paste supplies art creators with a gamut-running selection of arts and crafts wares to augment the pursuit of aesthetic dreams. Stock a studio with a selection from Paste's arsenal of tools for expression, which encapsulates paper crafts, fiber arts, jewelry, and ink media. Painters can customize canvases with Liquitex basics acrylic paints ($5.75/4 oz. tube), and mustache drawers can brandish Tim Holtz alcohol inks to update the facial hair fashion on Andrew Johnson's official White House portrait ($3.49). Cascade 220 yarns come in a variety of colors for rainbow knitting ($6.60/skein) and chilly craftspeople can transform baby-alpaca yarn ($12.49/skein) into sweaters, scarves, and gloves. Scrapbooking paper ($0.79/sheet) immortalizes photographed memories with glue and glitter, and Speedball screen-printing ink ($7.99/8 oz. jar) can be used to fashion T-shirts with hip, snarky slogans and stylized representations of middle-school museum field trips.
In ancient China, sky lanterns were used as a method of communication on the battlefield. Nowadays, at the lantern festivals celebrated in many countries, the floating objects are regarded as symbolic of letting go of your past self so that a new, better self can emerge in the New Year. Naturally, these beautiful ornamental lights have found their way into many celebrations with their thought-provoking beauty, including wedding ceremonies, gallery openings, and masquerade parties.
Chinese Sky Lanterns offers an expansive collection of handmade, biodegradable, and eco-friendly sky, water, and hanging lanterns. The lanterns don't require any assembly, and are made from flame-retardant papers in a host of vibrant and muted colours to match the look and feel of any celebration.
Sugarloaf Landscape Nursery nurtures more than 150,000 plants from a diverse range of genus and species within the sunny confines of multiple greenhouses and 40 acres of verdant terrain. More than 90% of Sugarloaf's trees and shrubs are home-grown, including seven-foot balled and burlapped white pines ($130), ideal for standing guard over thoughtful presents on Christmas or Lumberjack Appreciation Day. Since the dedicated tree-tenders ball and burlap each Christmas pine with the root system intact, customers can choose to remove their tree's foundation for temporary use or replant their coniferous friend so it can establish a permanent residence and register to vote.