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 licensed and insured, professional exterminators from Natural Habitat wield EPA-registered chemicals in their battle against household pests. Home and business owners plagued by pesky critters such as mosquitoes, bed bugs, fleas, and rats can sign up for services on a one-time or ongoing basis—often necessary when spider families designate structures as a vacation home. When faced with a termite colony, the team lays down baiting systems around slabs, piers, and beams, and attacks mosquitoes with exterior misting systems.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
The accommodating staff at Sunflower Shoppe helps guide visitors to healthier lifestyles with expert advice and an expansive collection of vitamins, supplements, and natural foodstuffs. Shoppers can boost circulatory systems with celery-seed extract from Natural Factors ($19.95), imbibe protein with Power Crunch protein energy bars ($1.39), and cleanse palates with Crazy Water natural mineral water ($4.49). Lily of the Desert styling spray ($8.69) enables coiffures to stand tall with organic ingredients, and Hyland's leg-cramps ointment ($9.19) soothes hard-working gams tuckered out from running marathons or sitting too long in the same position while watching marathons. Sunflower Shoppe's array of natural, organic, gluten-free, and vegetarian grocery items range from condiments and snacks to fresh and frozen foods.
The corporeal caretakers at Texas Beauty Institute thwart the façade-fading effects of aging and natural wear with an enlivening array of noninvasive, anti-aging solutions. The less jaded cousin of microdermabrasion, the Jet Clear peeling system eschews irksome microcrystals for the lush, hygienic surge of saline to help correct skin imperfections such as acne, scars, wrinkles, and grossly mislabeled temporary tattoos. A nourishing medley of collagen and elastin widen skin channels to sink deep into pores and usher in a refreshing flood of beneficial skin serums. Jet Clear's procedure begets a gleaming facial transformation without the irritating ruddiness and scratchy sensation of microdermabrasion. There is no downtime, and faces leave the beauty institute with hydrated skin that's smoother than Barry White's pet dolphin.
Overweight from a lifetime of inactivity, Merri Benham turned to yoga to take control of her body and cope with her chronic aches and high stress levels. The ancient Hindu discipline invigorated her body, helping her regain her youthful mobility and shave off 50 pounds. Eager to help others enjoy yoga's benefits, she's spent close to 5,000 hours teaching yoga—throughout the last 10-plus years—to students of all fitness levels ranging from children to NFL players to triathletes. Today, Merri leads various classes tailored for participants seeking a deep-muscle stretch, a beginner-friendly session, or an opportunity to show off a sweat-resistant onesie.