Surplus G-Clean, Ryobi, and Stok tools and merchandise find worthy homes at Direct Tools Factory Outlet stores. Direct Tools aggregates hammers, cleaners, grills, and nozzles from suppliers and offers them to customers at a price below their standard retail tags, usually as a result of manufacturer overproduction. Each item is unopened in its original packaging, and Stok grilling products retain their 2- or 10-year warranties.
After studying genetics at UW–Madison’s College of Agriculture, Gwen Condon opened a garden and landscaping center in the hopes of making local exteriors more beautiful and fashionable. Gwen began traveling to shows in Germany, England, and Italy in search of gifts and garden accessories. Her shop quickly grew into an inspirational garden, where customers wander paths lined with seasonal plants, from spring flowers to fall mums to winter killer tomatoes. The knowledgeable staff makes sure to clearly label each plant with lighting and water requirements.
Additionally, customers can show photography of their yards to Garden Gate Nursery staff to get tips on plants, shrubs, or trees that would thrive there. The garden tamers’ most popular service is what they call the “Please Come Stand in My Yard” consultation, a house call in which they scope yards and inspect any problem areas before sharing their ideas and recommendations.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Bergmann's has matched customers with quality appliances, electronics, mattresses, and furniture for more than 40 years. The shop carries major brands, such as Maytag, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Serta, LG, and Sony, and their expert staff and encyclopedic robot are always on hand to expound on each item's features. In addition to its knowledgeable salespeople, Bergmann's employs technicians with factory training to professionally install and repair appliances.
Jung Garden Center's five verdant locations flourish with a multitude of seeds, bulbs, and live plants to spruce up windowsills and landscaped yards. Customers can transport spring to flora-starved yards by sprinkling the seeds of the Alaska shasta daisy ($2.25/200-seed packet), or ward off colds and close social interaction by planting 10 200-seed packets of garlic chive herbs ($15). Lady Mix marigolds ($3.45 for a 50-seed packet) permeate spaces with citrusy hues, and the bright red Lizzano hybrid tomato ($5.50 for two 10-seed packets) tries to sneak out of backyard gardens disguised as a clown nose.
Dimensions’ conservationists showcase talent and preserve creativity by converting frameless works into framed masterpieces. The gallery and workshop walls house a large moulding selection, affording customers the choice between hundreds of striking customizable frames running the gamut from hand-finished Italian wood to contemporary metal. Custom-framing options are virtually limitless and vary greatly in price, beginning with basic frames of 8”x10” ($24+) or 16”x20” ($42+). Aestheticians can elevate refrigerator art to masterpiece status with an ornately molded frame, or commemorate a parking ticket you successfully overturned in court. Nimble fingers measure and prepare artwork for a lifetime of pristine display, showcasing family portraits, oil paintings, and macaroni re-imaginings of Richard Nixon’s resignation.