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.
Buried in the woods, 15 single- and two-story log cabins line a path leading to a secluded frontier fortress. Masked combatants armed with Tippmann 98 paintball guns ponder the path's obstacles before slinking forward to meet their opponents. Along Bing Field Paintball & Airsoft Park's three wooded fields strewn across 35 acres, players sneak into sniping positions in the Frontier Field's two-story log cabins, the Vietnam Field's two-story guard tower, or the World War II field's two-story hidden U-boat. Four speedball fields––air ball, barrel, concrete, and spool––accommodate paintball players on the other side of the wooded park. Paintball and airsoft packages grant visitors up to seven hours of play, which they can break up with refueling sessions spent scarfing down refreshments while gossiping about opponents' love lives at an onsite concessions stand.
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.
The team at PPG Porter Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with the company's revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Silken Touch paint ($54.19+/gal.) stands ready to replace previous wall and ceiling embellishments, such as presidential murals painted in mustard. Permanizer ($67.65+/gal.), which carries a lifetime warranty against the development of flaking and other defects, helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during supersoaker season. Acri-Shield ($55.97+/gal.) lasts for long periods indoors and out, and coats outer walls easily in the hands of both professionals and casual painters. Amicable staff members roam the aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
Coverlet queen Jenice and her four-person staff of master quilt-creators lead a patchwork of classes and retreats in a 176-year-old home deemed a local historic landmark. The beginner-adult sewing class teaches novice sewing-machine owners how to properly use their device, and the included materials kit further sets up students with scissors, thread, straight pins, a cushion, a seam ripper, a sewing basket, and a helpful booklet. Equipped with said tools, a fun fabric of their choice, and a saturated noggin sponge, students have everything they need to make two personalized pillowcases during the course of a four-hour session. With a maximum class size of eight students, instructors offer plenty of assistance, providing a cozy blanket of knowledge in response to any questions or confusion. Once students have learned the basics, they can continue to test their sewing mettle with one of Jenice’s personally designed patterns (not included with this Groupon) or peruse The Quilted Garden's impressive collection of antiques, including an uncommon assortment of bedpans and children's humor-proof potty chairs.
Milo's satiates panatela puffers and elixir imbibers with a vast array of fine cigars, high-end liquors, and craft beers culled from microbreweries nationwide. While offerings and pricing vary at both locations, a wood-paneled, walk-in humidor houses tobacco totems such as the smooth, medium-bodied Cain Daytona 654T from Nicaragua ($7.35), or the spicy, voluptuous Fuente Opus X Belicoso X3 ($12.35). Craftsman Bench Humidors are also available to facilitate basement Havana havens where the day's events can be re-enacted with personified stogies and cigar-box station wagons ($64.95+). Seasonal craft beers such as Goose Island ($13.99 for a 12-pack) and Mojo Risin ($12.99 for a four-pack) engage in competitive malted-hop volleying in Milo's Maryville location and fine spirits such as 14-year-old Balvenie rum ($59.99) and Dalmore Mackenzie scotch ($147.99) place gentlemanly bets from across the aisle.
For the past four years, Hometown Comics! has amassed an encyclopedic selection of more than 3,500 different graphic novels (usually $9.99–$24.99) and several thousand comics (usually $2.50–$3.99). In addition to the chronicles of superheroes, Hometown's merchandise covers a variety of subjects and genres, from horror to history and politics to athletics, and its comic stock is replenished every Wednesday, giving customers more than 200 new choices each week. The shop's owners and staff possess superhuman expertise as a result of being bitten by radioactive bookworms, and will heroically don their masks and swoop in to answer customer questions and dish the newsiest news. Hometown Comics! also plays frequent host to the industry's top artists and writers, who stop by the shop to sign copies, meet fans, and clean trout.