Since 1912, four generations of Zimmermanns have stocked the shelves at the 15,000-square-foot Zimmermann True Value Hardware store with durable hardware supplies, gardening equipment, and other home-improvement goods. Shoppers can peruse the aisles to pick up handy items such as screwdriver sets, hammers, and miniature contractors for DIY projects. Standing strong by their commitment to superior customer service, the staff also provides convenient services including knife sharpening, computerized paint matching, and screen repair.
Husband-and-wife team Molly and Kerry Lovell fortify homes’ structures and beautify their exteriors with services honed by more than 25 years of industry experience. The duo’s passion for maintaining homesteads extends to the study of repairing and installing plumbing, fixing electrical systems, woodworking, and constructing undetectable swiveling bookcases. Together with a hand-selected roster of tradespeople—including Molly’s brother, a master tile setter of 30 years—the Lovells venture into homes and battle disrepair. The fully insured and licensed team of wood, fabric, and metal manipulators travels from home to home strengthening pipework and paint jobs after drafting a free estimate whenever possible. Homeowners seem satisfied, since the company was voted one of 2012's and 2013's Best Handyman Services by Northwest Herald readers.
Inside Ultimate Exposure Tanning Centers' Chicagoland locations, a full lineup of UV- and spray-tanning equipment infuse skin with a healthy summer glow year-round. Individual sessions in the automated spray-tanning booths—such as VersaSpa—or UV beds gild bodysuits for nights on the town, and unlimited monthly packages fashion a continuous golden hue previously only available to sunbathing satellites. The salon stocks a variety of tan-accelerating lotions from Swedish Beauty, Australian Gold, and Designer Skin, which deepen bronze hues and moisturize skin to fashion a long-lasting radiance.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
The garage door: a hard-working part of the house that doesn't get much attention unless something goes wrong. Fortunately, the technicians at Access Garage Doors devote their days to delivering TLC to these unassuming doors. On service calls, they fix cable-track problems, replace rollers, and repair garage-door openers at both residential and commercial sites. They also help homeowners choose new garage doors from a stock of steel, wood, vinyl, or fiberglass options that fit nearly all aesthetic and functional preferences.
The licensed and insured technicians from DXM Integrated Solutions wire homes with high-tech gadgetry such as full home audio/video systems, keyless entry, and lighting systems. Homeowners can have a home theater installed or get their entryways lined up with automatic locks and electronic biometric fingerprint scanners to keep out unwanted intruders and dogs without opposable thumbs.