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.
Taking their name from the 18% chromium and 8% nickel that transform regular steel into stainless steel, the staff of 18|8 Fine Men's Salons master grooming services to transform their clients into chiseled gentlemen. A greeter waits at the salon entrance with a complimentary beverage for each client and guides him to his stylist's booth or to a private or semiprivate treatment area for facials, massage, and other grooming sessions. Stylists carefully cut and color the hair of their clients, finishing Executive cuts and styles with five-minute shoulder massages and Bay Rum hot towels.
Technicians groom hands with MANicures and faces with straight-edge blade shaves and hot lather eos moisturizing shave cream. Guests can relax during 20-minute therapeutic massages to finish their visit and ease any tension built up in hands and forearms by excessive whittling.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Tinted windows grant cars an air of mystery generally reserved for movie stars or spies. The window experts of Astro Eclipse can give any car this mystique with a spectrum of shades of window tinting. Owner Jim Collins has tested more than 50 different tints over the course of his 30-plus-year career, and uses only his hand-picked favorites. Besides boosting privacy, the darkened windows help filter out up to 99% of harmful UV rays.
Inland Empire's homeowners have Ready Equipment Rental to thank, at least in part, for their uncluttered garages. That's because they can avoid purchasing gear for one-time use by renting the facility's equipment, which includes electric tools, jackhammers, concrete mixers, saws, and landscaping tools. Even better, Ready Equipment Rental also rents out trailers, so customers can clean their messy garages or fill their mortal enemy's garage.
The certified flight instructors at Hemet-Ryan Flight Training fuel the aeronautical dreams of aspiring pilots through instruction on the ground and in the cockpits of training aircraft. Students take off from Hemet-Ryan Airport and steer a Cessna 152, 162, or 172 around the wide-open airspace nearby, which sees less traffic than most other airports, so students can spend more time practicing and less time waiting at stop lights. The school offers training courses for earning private and sport pilot's licenses as well as instrument ratings, though first-timers typically start off with a Discovery Flight to get a taste of flying.