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.
The skilled staff at Color Works Finishing values communication and recognizes that home improvement is made easier through collaboration. Technicians talk to customers throughout the entire process, sharing their vision at an initial walk-through and providing a plan for completing the project. The painters then tailor their process to each surface, sanding woodwork before painting and making sure that murals of creepy ventriloquist dummies can never peek back through. To ensure that areas not designated for painting remain color-free, the staff uses drop cloths and painter's tape and removes the covers of electrical outlets.
Since 1995, the dexterous framers at Hang It Inc. have been embellishing artwork and other displayables with more than 1,000 first-rate frame varieties culled from around the world. Enclose a photograph or a napkin from a particularly delicious barbecue dinner with a 16”x20" black wood frame ($64), equipped with glass and a mount. Drab dorm rooms are illuminated with a poster encased in a 24”x36" black metal frame ($69), and gold, silver, and ornate borders enable customized constructions. Other combinations may be seen here. Hang It’s unique plasma-TV-framing service adorns wall-hung television sets with a quality picture frame and liner, transforming T.J. Hooker reruns into art. After shopping, customers can peruse the studio's art gallery, Gallery 122, which features a variety of mediums from local artists.
Minneapolis Parking operates 14 different parking ramps and lots located in convenient hubs across the city. Drivers or parking-lot enthusiasts can scoop up monthly parking packages for multiple lots and ramps or opt for a single-use session valid for up 24 hours of car stashing. The company also streamlines game day for Vikings fans via full-season and single-game parking passes at the Metrodome-adjacent Downtown East ramp.
Ace Hardware's handy employees help customers to navigate shelves stocked with home-improvement implements, household appliances, and domestic essentials. The shop’s technicians are certified to perform warranty repair tasks for more than 100 manufacturers, including Honda, Kawasaki, and Stihl, returning a snowblower or Statue of Liberty replica to working order. In addition to its wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies, Ace Hardware dedicates ample space to gifts, home decor, men's and women's clothing, and housewares.