In true family style, brothers Nick and Kirby Kuklenski own and operate two “sister” Ace Hardware stores in Colorado Springs, keeping local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments, whereas computerized color matching in the paint aisles keeps outsides as vibrantly hued as flowers in a garden or a house fly strolling across an artist’s palette. Collections of DeWalt and Craftsman hand and power tools help homeowners assemble Weber grills, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Ace Hardware’s helpful services: keys are cut onsite, with Sidewinder keys including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
Ed and Kyle Becerra, Young's Market and Garden Center’s owners, took over the business from Ed’s father, who founded it more than 50 years ago. Locally grown perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and Chia Pets squint at the outdoor sun, and rows of flowers line the dirt aisles of tidy greenhouses. In addition to plants, Young's inventory includes soil, fertilizers, weed-control products, and pond supplies. In season, customers can find fresh produce at Young’s bustling farmers' market.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a one-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to train them to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with one month of unlimited tanning in high-powered beds that paint ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
With two service centers spread throughout the area, Country Fair Garden Center carries all the tools, seeds, and advice necessary to help lush greenery flourish. Among stacks of Ferti-lome fertilizer and Nature's Yield organic compost, annual and perennial plants wait patiently to be added to backyard gardens, while saplings and shrubs dream of one day complicating parking decisions with their leafy boughs. Country Fair's knowledgeable staff can guide customers through the vast selection of products and advise them on selecting the appropriate insecticide, potting soil, or compost for their gardens. The staff also hosts classes each month to impart green thumbs with knowledge about topics such as seed starting and vegetable gardens. Customers seeking artistic finishing touches can showcase blossoms within glazed ceramic or terra cotta pottery or in outdoor garden beds marked by the addition of a trellis, arbor, or fountain that gurgles overseas investment tips.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. 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.
An inflatable snowman greets visitors to Christmas Trees Arvada, an evergreen lot couched in a scenic country setting. The family who owns and operates the lot guides guests through natural, fresh-cut Fraser firs, Noble firs, and other holiday trees selected from quality farms across the country, and will even load them onto cars as a complimentary service. Patrons can also browse sprigs of mistletoe, wreaths embellished with pinecones and berries, and tree stands, all while sipping complimentary cups of hot cocoa and nibbling on free candy canes.