Superior Rents' owners, Dan and Steve Wohnoutka, trace the genesis of their business back to their own childhoods spent on a modestly equipped farm. With an appreciation for how proper tools and equipment can make projects run smoother, they decided to stock three locations with plumbing, construction, and lawn-care equipment for homeowners and contractors to rent on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Their online catalog hosts a roster of rental equipment, from power drills for household projects to forklifts for hanging Do Not Disturb signs on asteroids. Customers can arrange for equipment to be delivered to their work site or drop by one of three locations—including a newly opened site in Springfield—to pick up gear.
Since 1987, General Rental Center has matched do-it-yourselfers with the correct rental products and equipment to complete an array of projects. Rentable wares from the company’s vast catalogue assist their operators with digging trenches, demolishing walls, and surveying land. At General Rental, customers can also rent necessities for weddings and corporate events from the eventful rental showroom.
A membership-only retail warehouse with over 600 locations across the country, Sam's Club is able to offer substantial discounts on an array of brand-name products. Sam's Club members often find something surprising in club—with values on anything from designer jewelry to USDA grade A meats to fresh produce. The incredible savings carry through all departments, as a trip through a typical Sam's Club reveals home decor, electronics, and pet supplies. In other aisles, associates hand out samples of featured food items. In-club pharmacies and optical centers fill discounted medications and fit members with eyewear, while a tire and battery center also boasts members-only discounts. Sam's Club gas stations offer fuel savings, and the club's MasterCard has no annual fee and members can earn $300 a year just for filling up.*
We have everything for the home recreation room: pool tables, shuffleboard, ping pong tables, foosball tables, air hockey, darts dartboards, and parts and supplies for these. We also carry home decor, artwork and furniture such as poker tables, pub tables, bars, and bar stools.
Supplying all types of social gatherings with entertainment-enhancing games and activities, Springfield Party Rental stocks a sprightly set of family-friendly bouncy houses, big-shot-belittling dunk tanks, or six-person laser-tag sets. Though this deal is valid for the standard bouncer, rocketing ricocheters can upgrade to a themed castle, such as Bob the Builder or the Clown Bouncer (an additional $25), or land a bounce-and-slide combo to really rile up guests at your city-council-overthrow fundraiser (an additional $100). Party planners can take the initiative to pick up, set up, and take down their own rentals (the job requires two adults, and is easy with three), and the dunk tank is towable with a 2" hitch. However, professional delivery and pick-up are also available at a flat rate of $60 within 10 miles, and $3 per loaded mile after that—similarly, setup and takedown are an additional fee.
Guglielmo Marconi successfully transmits the first radio wave across the English Channel. On the other side of the pond, in Missouri, Nixa Hardware & Seed Co is founded. The year is 1899. Since that auspicious beginning more than a century ago, the hardware store company has grown to "7 acres of savings," and throughout its history, its expansive wholesale collection of plants, fertilizers, soils, and tools has equipped avid gardeners and professional farmers throughout southwest Missouri. Today, nursery workers and plant experts shepherd visitors through pallets of specially concocted livestock feed and bags of carefully formulated fertilizer, while horticulturalists on Nixa's research farm develop tried-and-true plant and grass varieties proven to thrive in local climates. Though the staff is proud of its bulk garden seeds and mulch, a selection of go-karts and generators proves that the company has evolved since its 19th-century origins. The team even purveys renewable-energy biomass furnaces that can keep costs low and household operations sustainable.
Like burying yourself neck-deep in lush planting soil, visits to the bustling agricultural center can evoke a strong, heartwarming connection with the land, with friendly staff members working hand-in-hand with clients to pick out the perfect seed, beekeeping gear, newly hatched chicks, or lawn-care equipment.