Once a small chain of Chicago-area hardware stores, Ace Hardware has evolved into a global franchise of more than 4,600 stores across 50 states and in more than 70 countries. Despite that span, customers might feel like each Ace was its own unique entity. Although each storefront carries many of the same popular items, each location is independent, allowing storeowners from New York City to Des Moines to offer goods tailored to the community?s needs. The inventory always includes a wide range of products, from trashcans to appliances and tools to complete tasks in the kitchen, garden, conservatory, ballroom, or billiard room of any home. Typically, patrons perusing the aisles will stumble upon well-known brand names, such as Black & Decker, Craftsman, and Stanley.
Color Store stocks a 3,600-strong rainbow of Benjamin Moore shades, which spans a wide array of indoor and outdoor formulations, including low-odor and quick-drying paints. The shop's helpful associates guide patrons through every step of the paint-selection process, taking into account desired colors, finishes, and the room's previous experience as a cover model for Better Homes and Gardens. Quick-drying, eco-friendly Aura paints ($65.99/gal.) glaze walls in 144 complementary hues that resist fading and color ruboff. Coats of ben low-VOC, interior or exterior paint ($34.99/gal.) give new life to a bedroom or lackluster front door, and Regal washable paints ($45.99/gal.) resist mildew and sponge down flawlessly after a day of indoor puddle stomping.
Billing itself as a ?janitorial superstore,? The Cleaning Mart stocks cleaning and household supplies in bulk quantities as well as sizes appropriate for the typical homeowner. Its vast selection ranges from push brooms to hand soap to cases of trash bags. Instead of rubbing lavender and pinecones on your walls and floors, you can easily get a room smelling nice with air fresheners.
Burnished to a mature patina through 32 years of operation, Midwest Woodworkers and its team of instructors hone technical skills and channel creative energy among students of all experience levels with a conglomeration of woodworking classes. Up to five students dovetail their talents in each three-hour introductory class, where friendly woodworkers coach hands-on craftsmanship with chock-a-block expertise and Geppetto-given hearts. Pen Turning 1 sessions spin humble blocks into monogram-worthy scribblers, and router basics classes carve corners and curves into wood. Whittle away at basswood in carving-figurines courses, or restore youthful glow to aged grains with architectural-carving-inspired floral and leaf etchings. Begin projects more efficiently with a slash course in sharpening, then bring them to spine-tingling conclusions with a tasteful application of veneer and inlay or finishing.
A member of the Green Building Initiative and a Building Performance Institute-accredited organization, USA Insulation keeps home inhabitants at a comfortable temperature as they go about their daily lives. The service process commences when a trained energy consultant visits the home to inspect the building for potential areas of improvement, such as an under-insulated attic or a basement that refuses to wear socks. He then makes recommendations to increase the home's R-Value, a statistical measure of a building's resistance to heat transfer. Proper insulation can not only keep the interior at a comfortable temperature, but can also help the homeowner save money on monthly heating bills and koozie expenses.