Homes are helpless organisms that, like pet dogs, rely on humans to repair their wounds and entertain them by throwing the mop. Make your house happy with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of home-improvement supplies at Paul's Ace Hardware, valid at locations in Fountain Hills, Gilbert, and Tempe and on North Scottsdale Road and East McDonald Drive in Scottsdale.
Since 1956, the Dauwalder clan has helped to lessen the stresses of home-improvement projects by making a slew of tools, appliances, and building materials readily available to locals. At any of the five convenient storefronts, patrons can snag armfuls of cleaning supplies—such as twist mops ($14.99) and soap-scum removers ($4.99)—to rid domiciles of seasonal germs and millennia-old wall graffiti. Kitchen accouterments range from aluminum cookie sheets ($14.99) to countertop blenders ($64.99), and a wide palette of paints ($13.99+) offers to remedy walls accidentally splattered during quarterly tomato fights.
Paul's Ace Hardware
Countless repairs and home-remodeling projects can undoubtedly trace their lineage back to Paul's Ace Hardware, which began doling out DIY equipment and home-improvement supplies in 1956. Founded by Paul E. Dauwalder, the shop quickly expanded from its original 1,800-square-foot space, branching out to five shops that now operate beneath the expert eye of Paul's granddaughter. Cleaning products, outdoor equipment, and pool supplies are just a fragment of the stores' inventory, with power tools awaiting steady hands, fishing gear beckoning lake dwellers, and building materials—including the Tempe location's 56,000 square feet of lumber—standing poised and ready to be assembled into dams by handy beavers. Still in the city of its founding, the Scottsdale location has moved and upgraded to its own building.