Drill bits twist, measuring tape unfurls, and saws chomp through two-by-fours in ACE Hardware, where shelves dangle with scores of tools and other home-improvement essentials. Wall pigment by Ace Paint and Benjamin Moore beams across the color spectrum as faucet parts and cabinet hardware retool aging abodes and jury-rigged time machines. Large appliances, such as Honeywell space heaters, Perfect Aire air conditioners, and Cadet thermostats, keep indoor air at a comfortable temperature. Outside, bags of seed and compost join charcoal grills to brighten backyard celebrations as rolling hand trucks heft heavy lumber purchases or prefab doghouses for socialite canines. Tools, electrical tape, and other handyman essentials round out each location's array of fixative and creative supplies.
The crisp scent of Robin Blue and native cedars and Carolina Sapphire evergreens wafts through the grounds of Red Barn U-Cut Christmas Tree Farm & Christmas Store. Visitors to the farm peruse the trees in search of the perfect specimen, and then take part in a time-honored holiday tradition of chopping it down. Customers can also head indoors to a 500-square-foot holiday store stocked with artificial trees, gift-wrapping supplies, ornaments, and lights.
Technicians wield scrolls of premium tints and Custom Tint’s three decades of expertise as they deflect heat and sunbeams from windowpanes. Armed with standard, high-performance, and ceramic tints from Global Window Films, staffers trim the UV-blocking film to fit individual windows in cars as well as homes and offices, preventing heat from rendering interiors uncomfortable or sunlight from fading treasured Bayeux Tapestries. Custom Tint bolsters its work with limited and lifetime warranties with national coverage.
The experienced needle wielders at Perfect Fitting adjust the sizing of all manner of garments for men, women, and children. Shorten jacket sleeves ($30) and shirt sleeves ($20) to better showcase muscular wrists, and alter skirt hems to show off rare third knees ($16+). A fresh plain pants hem ($12) creates a crisp upper border for shoes, and a new zipper ($16) helps to maintain modesty. Ill-fitting slacks and legs reconcile after Perfect Fitting's staff bedeck denim with an original jeans hem ($20), and watermelon smuggling is made simpler after the alteration specialists take out skirt or dress waists ($16
Eager to assist home-improvement and upkeep projects, neatly arranged drills, garden hoses, paintbrushes, and other hardware sundries populate the shelves at family-owned Avalon Hardware. Stacks of mulch team up with rakes and watering cans to keep landscapes lush but tidy, and fluorescent light bulbs promise to emit steady, more sustainable light in homes. Customers can also swing by to grab gallons of PPG Porter paint, which staffers mix to exact specifications after a small sacrifice of crayons to a prism spirit.