With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $8.49, 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. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $1.99 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($30 a day to rent).
Five Star Holiday Decor's cheery deliverers rush high-quality, hand-picked Christmas trees directly to doorsteps in time for the holidays. Five Star's 6'–7' North American Fraser fir trees, like Santa's undercover scouts, arrive the week of December 5 at the homes of festive families, primed for decoration and equipped with enough spindly, green pine branches to shelter an entire herd of presents. In some areas, delivery people are available to aid in setting up the verdant cones in tree stands, and also lend a hand in the removal and recycling of the festive firs to prevent them from joining forces in landfills and taking control of the local candy-cane supply.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
The DIY doyens at Jones Paint & Glass stock the store with an impressive array of wall hues and wood finishes to quench thirsty brushes and spruce up surfaces. Home-improvement projects, such as painting a bedroom or covering up graffiti left by a rebellious house cat, move forward with ease when homeowners wield a bucket of Ralph Lauren paint (around $45/gal.). Hawked in the New World since 1754, Devoe Regency paint (around $40/gallon) proffers a spectrum of interior and exterior tones, and Sikkens wood finish (around $43–$65/gal.) makes doors, baseboards, or peg legs gleam with a glossy, high-quality sheen.
Holden Connolly has always enjoyed making people laugh. As a kid, he was designated as the clown of his family—a family that included 6 siblings and 68 first cousins. Today, Connolly is a college student and strives to become a physician and work with terminally ill children.
In his spare time, though, Connolly anchors a team of costumed heroes and pop-culture icons: Batman, Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Winnie the Pooh, and Sleeping Beauty, just to name a few. These characters are dispatched to parties across the Salt Lake Valley. There, they infuse celebrations with extra shots of wonder, whether it's Connolly behind the mask or one of his talented team members. But these characters conduct more than just formal appearances—they also lead guests through fun activities such as face painting, magic tricks, and tug of war, emphatically carrying out a duty that Connolly began as a child himself.