With its friendly, knowledgeable staff and a panoply of home-improvement tools and services, Tomchek Ace Hardware ensures handypersons have the gear to grapple with home repairs and DIY projects. Prospective renovators can pick up an Ames True Temper seven-in-one planter buddy, a multipurpose garden tool for troweling, cutting, weeding, and transplanting seedlings ($16.99). Sunwax outdoor furniture wax with UV protection seals up and confers gloss to lackluster adirondacks ($9.49), and an Ace six-piece precision screwdriver set tightens screws on door hinges ($15.49). Adjust leaking pipes and assist Professor Plum in the study with an adjustable crescent wrench ($13.49–$94.99), or revive devices with Duracell AA rechargeable batteries ($12.99). Tomchek Ace Hardware's list of services, ranging from key duplication to custom paint colors, as well as the company's willingness to special-order any product, make the shop a place houses dream about during existential crises.
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.
When a baby room takes the place of a man cave, once-cherished leather couches and entertainment centers often wind up curbside, waiting for their ride to the landfill. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore saves furniture from an untimely demise and stocks new and used building materials, using the proceeds to help to create affordable homes for the city's low-income families. Manufacturers, businesses, contractors, and individuals regularly stop in to donate a variety of items ranging from caulk to file cabinets to paintbrushes. The mostly volunteer staff at ReStore spent 2010 keeping more than 730,000 pounds of usable supplies out of landfills and trash mountains.
Prewar, postwar, and exotic cars from all over are on display at Rockford?s annual "Classics and Chrome Indoor Car Show," the largest of its kind in Northern Illinois. Over the course of two days, auto aficionados will have an up-close look at more than 120 vehicles including hot rods, flashy sport cars, and one-of-a-kind custom cars. Grand Raffle or Super 50/50 Raffle tickets available with cash prizes up to $30,000 that support Keith Country Day School's tuition grants and student program enhancements.
Albatross Roofing started with an old truck, a few rusty tools, and a single employee. More than three decades later, the company has shaken off that early rust and expanded to a team of five licensed and certified roofers. During complimentary inspections, these roofers scale houses and search for damage from the likes of rot, floods, and Santa's sledding cleats. After providing homeowners with an estimate, they can use GAF roofing products to install new asphalt shingles or completely tear off and replace a roof.
Perfecting brushstrokes for more than a quarter of a century, T. Larue Painting has adorned the interiors and exteriors of esteemed clients such as Burlington Public Schools and a variety of historical downtown buildings. From the early days using Doug Hozeska's handful of brushes and homemade sign, the company has blossomed into an entire squad of licensed and certified painters with clients throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. The capable crews work diligently to paint, pressure wash, and restore building exteriors, while gussying up interiors with an extensive range of painting, varnishing, texturing, and refinishing services. The company's "Painter for a Day" service pairs customers with a trained staff member for eight hours, employing the expert handyman to complete a variety of household projects including painting, fixing minor repairs, and checking algebra homework.