The professional renaissance folks at Parker's Services, Inc. keep abodes in working order with a wide-ranging slate of home improvement services that include everything from landscaping and painting to flooring and carpentry. The contractors help homeowners whittle away at household to-do lists and neutralize anxieties about shaggy lawns, peeling paint, or cracked drywall. The team schedules routine visits, perfect for keeping lawns under control all year-round, or one-time engagements typical of major jobs such as repairing plumbing, installing drywall, or sitting in for you at this month's book club.
The St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association's Gypsy Caravan organizes one of the largest antique, craft, and flea markets in the Midwest, with up to 20,000 people expected to attend this year. The 7 a.m. early-bird ticket grants a full two hours of perusing before general-admission ticket holders, who risk becoming antiques themselves during long waits for admittance. Nearly 400 outdoor and 72 indoor vendors will occupy booths plying antiques, collectibles, crafts, jewelry, furniture, clothing, and other unique wares. Complimentary shopper’s guides plot out retail excursions with maps, vendor lists, and navigational star charts. Browse toys, DVDs, and comic books at Tim Metzger's table; deck yourself out in vintage jewelry and custom-made apparel at the Blackberry Exchange booth; or please your feathered friends with a recycled-tire bird feeder from Chalily Pond and Gardens.
The uniformed, bonded, and insured technicians from National Air Duct Cleaning visit homes and businesses to complete such services as cleaning air ducts, dryer vents, and air exchangers. They improve the health of allergy sufferers by ridding the HVAC system of dust, contaminants, and other debris that can talk back when you least expect it. They also perform regular cleaning of the furnace or AC to help the systems run more efficiently and prevent them from breaking down due to clogging.
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.
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.