The experienced construction gurus at Waltco Tools, with more than 8,000 square feet full of wares from 200 major brands at their disposal, guide customers toward the right tools for any handyman job. A Dremel engraving tool ($19.99) etches signatures into personal property or local playground slides, working its carving magic on a variety of surfaces and materials such as metal, plastic, glass, ceramics, wood, and leather. The convenient telescoping magnet ($1.99) facilitates quick retrieval of screws and other metal parts, and a pair of Black Stallion gloves($16.99) protects hands when battling squirrels for dropped shiny things. Waltco packs supplies for all manner of DIY projects, as well as professional projects, outfitting area businesses with essentials for automotive and industrial work.
Surprise your sweetie with a romantic getaway that won't cost you a fortune in plane fares with today's side deal for turn-of-the-century charm and modern luxury at the Beall Mansion, an elegant bed and breakfast just 40 minutes from downtown St. Louis in Alton, Illinois. Get away from your neighbors' kids and sassy mail carrier, pamper your inner elite, and indulge in the lavish decor and 24-hour all-you-can-eat fine chocolates. For $140, you get a one- or two-night stay, depending on the day of the week, in a deluxe queen room complete with private bath, luxurious bedding, and opulent 11-foot ceilings. Check in on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday for a two-night stay, or stay for a single night on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
Since 1981, Sugarloaf Landscape Nursery’s green-thumbed gnomes have transformed awkward young seedlings into confidently lush plants, cultivating more than 90% of the nearly 150,000 trees and shrubs spanning its 40-acre property. Choose from a cornucopia of chlorophyll-hoarders, including the 3-inch Caliper autumn blaze maple tree (grows 16–20 feet tall, $179.99), a perfect adornment for spacious front yards or airtight basement bio-domes. Bring out brightness in neighboring blossoms with a gallon boxwood bush ($25), or pick up a gallon of daylilies ($7.99) to gift your favorite daywalker.
Unlike some junk removers that force homeowners to compile their loot on the curb, the technicians from Junk Stoppers handle all the lifting, hauling, and sweeping up themselves. They'll arrive at homes, businesses, or construction sites to cart away and dispose of unwanted junk including scrap metal and appliances, as well as more-difficult items such as mattresses, logs, or mattresses whittled from logs. Junk Stoppers also ensures that reusable goods are donated or recycled whenever possible and will only unload items at the landfill as a last resort.
Believing that learning and behavioral disorders stem from improper communication between brain hemispheres, Brain Balance Centers offers a drug-free, multi-faceted system to boost brain function. Physical and cognitive exercises combine with easy-to-follow dietary changes to improve social, academic and behavioral issues associated with ADHD, Asperger's, and other social and learning disorders without the use of medication. Now more than 50 Brain Balance Centers practice this Hemispheric Integration Therapy, with professional teams tailoring programs to help kids improve focus and behavior, academic performance, communication, and social skills.
Traveling Tails Inn provides full grooming services for all breeds plus a summer-camp-like daycare and boarding experience to keep pups blissfully entertained, out of trouble, and up-to-date on their obedience training. Owners seeking grooming relief can get their grungy buddies a bath package, including a nail trim, full-body soaping, paw-pad scrubbing, and blow-dry ($33–$65 depending on breed). Traveling Tails Inn's expansive facility boasts four indoor and two outdoor play areas where seasoned canine wranglers and certified trainers engage dogs in confidence-building games and obedience-training drills. Pups are grouped for activities based on size and temperament, so gentle or small dogs aren't harassed and hardier hounds can play tackle football without injuring their companions.