Since 1952, Hasselman Landscaping & Garden Centre's staff has operated under one principle: "to have quality product, do quality work, and provide excellent service." Founder Peter Hasselman planted his first seedlings in the Hamlet of Sherkston, before expanding his humble nursery to more than 75 acres speckled with luscious plants, delicious vegetables, and young saplings awaiting a greener pasture. Over the years, the company continued to grow and evolve into its current iteration, a full service garden centre.
A proud member of Landscape Ontario, Hasselman backs all of its live plants and flowers with a 100 per cent guarantee, promising exchange or store credit for items that are defective due to disease or unshakable fears of well-meaning bumblebees. In addition to providing flora and gardening accessories, their specialists are available for landscaping consultations, where they help homeowners design functional and inviting outdoor spaces.
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.
Each edition of the award-winning Buffalo Spree magazine delivers a full month of event calendars, local feature stories, and timely articles showcasing art, design, and culture across Buffalo and Western New York. Dining guides highlight the best local eateries, and profiles of the area's movers and shakers introduce notable businesspeople and do-gooders. Shopping guides and reviews of designers and stylists keep readers entertained and up to date on the latest trends. Home and garden coverage bores a peephole into area abodes through photographic tours of residential interiors, exteriors, and laundry rooms.
Since 1976, the instructors and staff of Dip 'N Dive have demystified the magic of breathing underwater. They instruct and outfit both scuba divers and snorkelers at their Buffalo location, and the facility's curriculum of PADI and NAUI courses help budding divers stay safe, maintain control of their equipment, and walk like Naomi Campbell while wearing fins. From beginning diving lessons to advanced instructor training, courses include classroom work, pool exercises, and real open-water-diving trips.
Since 1969, Uncle Sam's Army Navy Outfitters has been importing fatigues and accessories from the military branches of more than 26 countries. Russian gas masks, Canadian desert boots, and WWII-era British army helmets sit alongside an inventory of brand-new outdoor gear, including GPS units, tents, and sleeping ponchos. All these utilitarian collectibles occupy a cavernous 400,000-square-foot warehouse designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, who was a prominent celebrity pacifist.:m]]
Brandon Tallau and Samantha Tagliarino founded OffBeat Emporium to give new character to vintage furniture pieces that would otherwise be taking up space in a landfill. Tallau and Tagliarino along with their crew of artists, restore furniture and home accessories back to the original quality or transform it into an offbeat piece with bold colors and patterns.