Authentic Pine Floors offers a host of unique and eye-teasing heartwood flooring options. Valued for its strength and not its operatic singing voice, heartwood is fashioned from the dead or dormant center of a tree, giving it a higher density and durability. Authentic Pine Floors also operates their own manufacturing facility, where they recycle beams from old distilleries and warehouses into antique heart-pine flooring. Remodel kitchens with 5 1/8-inch or 7-inch-wide slats of reclaimed heart pine ($8.33/sq. ft.), or 6-inch clear-yellow pine ($2.05+/sq. ft.), or beautify foot highways with wide-plank oak. Homeowners can also bedeck dining rooms with a sampling of finished flooring, or opt for Authentic Pine's hand-distressed prefinished woods, which are enriched with a rubdown of oil that gives floors an aged look usually reserved for sepia-toned home movies.
Habits is a tobacco retail shop with a large stock of electronic cigarettes and accessories. Take for example, the iTaste 134, which allows a smoker to enjoy the sensations and flavors of an analogue cigarette without having to carry around a lighter or ask passersby to borrow a campfire. Habits carries many different types of e-cigarettes and e-juices as well as a fragrant selection of both domestic and imported tobaccos, for those who prefer the real thing.
When recession forced their pizzeria to close in 2008, Mrinali Goswami and her husband, Bala Dommeti, raised some funds by selling the plants they recreationally grew in their backyard on Craigslist. With an unexpected surge in popularity, the duo soon found themselves on the radar of zoning officials, who informed them they couldn’t legally sell plants in a residential area. Fortunately, they were able to use the sales they already made online to purchase a three acre nursery and, according to the Rockdale Citizen, house more than 5,000 plants. What was once a part-time gardening hobby now blossomed into a full-time gig.
Pixies Gardens cultivates all sorts of plants, from pear trees and dogwoods to corkscrew willows and more than 10 varieties of hydrangeas, and Mrinali grows many of the fruit trees and ornamental shrubs herself. Because they don't use a greenhouse, their hardy plants undergo few, if any, transplanting shocks when they leave the nursery.
At Let's Paint Pottery, aspiring artists can drop in anytime to customize plain pieces of pottery. After selecting an unfinished ceramic piece from the studio's selection of serving ware and home decor items, they’ll use provided stamps, stencils, and idea books to map out their design and next tattoos. They then draw from a palette of more than 50 paints and glazes to coat their creation before handing it over to a staff member, who fires the work in the studio's kiln. The studio also offers two-hour canvas-painting sessions, wherein guests armed with acrylic paints learn brushstroke basics.
Ace Hardware's project people assist and advise on a gamut-running range of home- and garden-oriented endeavors. The 20-pound propane-tank refill will pump up a deflated cylinder with the energy to grill juicy burgers, cook corn on the cob, or blaze a flame that can be used as a nightlight for adults locked out of their own houses. Like a roaring campfire or a solar panel, the propane-tank refill can also be used for outdoor heating.