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.
At Nuts and Bolts Hardware, the official STIHL outdoor power-equipment dealer, a friendly staff of handyfolk and hardware experts help clients patch-up pipes, cut glass, or select power tools for an upcoming DIY project. For jobs that need an expert's eye, the shop keeps a handful of technicians who repair small engines, sharpen kitchen knives, and cut keys as guests enjoy complimentary popcorn and coffee.
At Paint with Flair, instructors kick down the barriers that traditionally stand between beginners and a paintbrush, starting by creating a comfortable environment. Couples on dates, coworkers looking to bond, or friends out on the town sip on BYOB drinks and snacks as they loosen up and get acquainted with the provided materials (classes for kids and non-drinkers are also available on the schedule). Teachers get groups chatting as they take them on a step-by-step walk through the brushstrokes, color selection, and witchcraft necessary to whip up their own fetching painting, whether it be a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Starry Night or an original design.
James McGuffey, owner of Alamo Door & Awning, built his business on a simple guarantee: he promises customer satisfaction with his newly installed or repaired garage doors, garage-door openers, and extendable awnings, or he doesn't charge for the service. To deliver on such a pledge, he maintains a team of top-notch technicians and a stock of most of the hardware needed for any job. He even sells the hardware piecemeal to those who want to attempt repairs on their own, providing helpful advice and tips for such do-it-yourself projects on his website.
Modeled after traditional Korean spas, King Spa and Sauna houses nine distinct therapy rooms, each of which specializes in treating a different form of ailment or anxiety. The Charcoal room lines its walls with antibacterial briquettes, which can alleviate conditions such as eczema and undercooked pork sausage. The domed sauna in the Fire Sudatorium encircles entrants in the room's dry-heat and oak-tree aromatherapy, whereas the low temperature of the Ice room encourages blood flow to the chilled parts of the body. In the heated Base Rock room, slabs of siraka stone deploy infrared rays into prostrate patrons, inciting increased circulation and lymphatic drainage during a process that, like most mixed-martial-arts careers, typically doesn't last longer than two 15-minute sessions.
At an initial in-home consultation, Lone Star Blinds will help clients peruse window coverings from a plethora of sources. Well-behaved 2-inch faux blinds from Hunter Douglas’s EverWood collection won’t warp, crack, or run off to join a forest like hardwood look-alikes ($70+). Applause and Duette honeycomb shades block sunlight from homes ($140+), and a set of 3.5-inch shutters can stop big-bad wolves and annoyingly persistent census takers from peeking inside fairy-tale cottages ($300+). Once a selection has been made, blind minders jot down the windows’ height, width, and favorite flavor of saltwater taffy so that they can gallop back with a garment carefully fitted to its panes. All prices are based on a 3’x6’ window whose middle name is Steve.