Ace Hardware's well-stocked aisles abound with home goods, tools, and furnishings for nearly any home-improvement project. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set ($8.49), a Stanley rip hammer ($9.49), and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Home improvers can illuminate their newfound décor with a 6-pack of Ace bent tip light bulbs ($17.94), the better to see by while making use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). For those who need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, most stores offer a paint-matching service free of charge. Keys can be copied, and barnacle-encrusted carpet cleaned with the help of a rented carpet-cleaning machine (inquire about pricing at your preferred location).
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
West Coast Flooring Center's expert ground coverers guide clients through a wide selection of brands, such as Shaw, Mohawk, Fabrica, Royalty, Beaulieu, and Masland. Homeowners shield family-room floors with hardwood ($2.99+/sq. ft.) and cover bedroom floors with carpet ($1.49+/sq. ft.). Laminate floors ($0.99+/sq. ft.) do their best to imitate their wooden brethren, and natural stone floors ($1.49+/sq. ft.) connect bare feet with nature, minus the danger of going outdoors—the place science has shown most likely to harbor fierce lions, biting cold, and unnecessary phone books. West Coast Flooring Center also dabbles in granite countertops and area rugs.
Oceanside Glasstile’s glass and mosaic artisans handcraft tiles from 95% recycled-bottle glass, reusing more than two million pounds of recycled-bottle glass annually. XS Studio carries Oceanside items that have been discounted due to overstock, style discontinuation, or allergies to large currency denominations. Patrons can line backsplashes with the heat- and scratch-resistant Wavelength mosaic cocoa blend tiles ($9.99/1.02 sq. ft. sheet) or the Facets mosaic aqua blend tiles ($17.99/0.96 sq. ft. sheet) to lend color to kitchen walls. Alternatively, cover floors with Avani stone moresco tiles ($7.99/sq. ft.), or surround a sleeping friend with Sinu 4"x6" ceramic leaf tiles ($3.99/piece) to trick them into thinking they’ve awoken in a glossy, motionless forest.
Acme Flood specializes in emergency repairs for homes damaged by floods and fires. The certified and insured staff follows federal EPA guidelines when they perform their services, which range from using thermal imaging cameras to scout for leaks, using Defend Air Drying systems to minimize the damage from a flood, and removing smoke and odors from fire-ravaged homes.
Green Acres Nursery maintains more than 600 varieties of plants and trees on more than 15 acres, most of which are tailored to southwestern landscapes. White, ornamental star jasmine bushes ($9.78 for 5 gal.) will withstand drought while inviting visiting noses to whiff their ambrosial scents, while vibrant, purple bougainvillea ($4.20 for 1 gal.) will florally fill gaps in any fence to keep opossums from trespassing. Since the ordinary backyard aquascape has deflated Mylar balloons for lily pads and aged pitas for skipping stones, make your pond superb by adding naturally luscious philodendrons ($49.40 for 15 gal.). Green Acres Nursery cultivates each greenling on-site in its nursery, caring for them from the time they're a tiny bud to their first day of kindergarten. Click here to see what plants are currently available.