Now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set for $8.49, a VPT rip hammer for $6.29, 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. With the second option, a significant selection of unfinished furniture is available to fill almost any room in your house, apartment, or secret lair. Options range from bookcases and desks to chairs for the very young and the slightly less young.
The locally owned and operated Freckles offers unique gift items and apparel in a cozy boutique setting. Hand-picked by owners Heather and Brian Lucas, the impressive selection includes items for all treasured family, friends, and kickball teammates. Browse women’s fashions from Tracy Negoshian and Pink Herron ($15-$82), or piles of men’s polos from Yellowhammer ($19.50-$68). Wicked Needle provides precious children’s clothing that can be embroidered with a little one’s name, monogram, or serial number. Get a leg up on holiday shopping with Bauble LuLu customizable jewelry and Crimson Elephant frames made from reclaimed wood ($38-$125). House wares such as cake plates, stemware, and dishes get personalized with vinyl lettering and adornments in a variety of colors. Should the abundant inventory prove overwhelming, friendly and knowledgeable staff members will gladly help you find just the thing to keep for yourself, give to a loved one, or bait an impoverished old-timey baseball player.
Southern Art & Framing offers much more than its name implies—aside from custom-framing projects and ready-to-hang art, the store also boasts an eclectic gift shop stocked with goods made by local and national artisans. Shoppers can peruse a selection that includes everything from handbags and scented candles to barbecue tools and home decor designed for fans of popular college sports teams. Local artists also host onsite art classes, teaching skills such as impressionist painting and converting your boring sedan into an exciting police cruiser.
It's easy to see how fresh the meat is at South Alabama Custom Meats, since owner Tony Brooks cuts them right when you order. Brooks and his son continue the company's 30-year legacy of providing both exotic cuts of meat and processing hunters' venison. They package meats in family-size packs fit for any number of people, including cuts of ribs, pork chops, and their house-smoked sausages.