Woodville Ace Hardware stocks its shelves with the wide variety of home, garden, and automobile-improvement products that have made Ace Hardware a household name since 1924. A multiuse Gorilla Rack ($29.99) can assume the identity of a workbench or a shelving unit, with each of five shelves supporting up to 200 pounds, suitable for the storage of tools, paints, or baby elephants that aren't housebroken. Patrons can regulate changing temperatures with a Pelonis heater fan, which dispenses warmth at three settings ($12.99), or an Aerospeed oscillating fan with three levels of windpower ($23.99). Automotive accessories such as an Ace jumper cable ($13.99–$28.99) can recharge the batteries of cars that refuse to sleep without the lights on. A wide selection of indoor and outdoor painting supplies make Woodville Ace Hardware a go-to shop for homeowners with fickle walls.
The chromatic champions at Color Wheel Paint dispense distinctive pigmentations in more than 1,600 colors, along with providing the necessary tools to complete any painting project. Coat abashedly naked walls with a gallon of flat Hi-Hide interior paint ($19.86/gallon) or Optima Satin Supreme ($31.73/gallon), which can colorize anything from bedroom walls to the picket fence marking the boundary of your office's cubicles. Drab exteriors receive a tinting treatment with a gallon of Tropicoat 100% Acrylic Latex Paint ($30.65/gallon), primed with a coating of Quick Cure Acrylic Conditioner ($25.16/gallon), ideal for previously painted surfaces. Home tidiers can also aid the spreading process with Master Choice tools, such as the Klondike 3-inch angle sash brush ($14.72), with a soft bristle for ticklish walls, and the 12'x15' canvas drop cloth ($20.43).
Painting with a Twist ushers group art classes into the grown-up world by pairing expert instruction with inter-student socializing and optional libations. Each session, taught by a local artist, walks students through the process of replicating one of more than 1,000 featured designs (upcoming classes explore such varied subjects as flowers, monograms, sunsets, and the rugged masculinity of Burton Gilliam). Whether perfecting an unusual perspective in the Looking Up course or immersing in the Three Poppies's petals, each session accommodates up to 40 people, all of whom are welcome to bring wine, beer, liquor, and snacks. Classes last two hours (a $35 value) or three hours (a $45 value), and a canvas, paints, and brushes are always provided, though students must bring their own alluring bowls of fruit.
Apalachee Ace Hardware's independently owned aisles arm manor menders with a wide array of home-improvement tools, room-rejuvenating paints, and more. Embrace the weight of old-fashioned housecraft with sturdy hand tools, such as a set of Stanley Pro Driver screwdrivers ($27.99) or an Ace pipe wrench, ideal for household plumbing or reverberating funky beats against rusty pipes after dousing yourself in blue paint ($15.99–$30.99). Choose from a wide array of claw, framing, and ball-peen hammers ($6.29+), or indulge ears enamored by trigger-induced whirring with Dewalt cordless-drill-and-driver kits ($159.99).
Midtown Pass appeases all those ravenous for music and tasty pub fare with regular live acts and a menu of flavorful wings, juicy burgers, and mouthwatering appetizer platters. Guests sup on feasts of tender chicken breast and nachos served until 2 a.m., all while watching live sports on the three projection screens and more than 20 TVs and enjoying games of darts or pool. Midtown Pass shows their hometown pride with walls covered with FSU memorabilia and a working scoreboard showing the score for the Seminoles latest game.