It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
Mattress Mart's slumber experts stock their stores with major-brand sleep surfaces?such as Serta, iComfort, and Simmons Beauty Rest?in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Customers can rest their backs on the firm billows of a Factory Select twin set or support larger-scale lumbar regions with a soft, flippable Newport Flush set.
The Grounds Guys is a full-service grounds care company that has outposts all across the country, from which landscapers set out to keep lawns and gardens well-manicured. They tend to homes and businesses alike, their services ranging from cutting grass, lawn maintenance, site enhancement, irrigation, and planting trees. The green-thumbed team also reaches beyond the plant kingdom into the arenas of snow and ice control and outdoor lighting systems, which come in handy when challenging a tree to an evening game of chess.
Steve and Gretel Adams always knew that they were meant "to do something creative with [their] lives," but it wasn't until after Steve completed an apprenticeship at Anderson Orchards that the pair realized their calling was to cultivate the earth. Shortly after, they set out to till seven acres of inherited land, burying seeds for local flowers and organic produce. As an extension of their longtime commitment to a sustainable lifestyle, the Adams eschew the use of unnatural chemicals and create their own compost to fertilize their fields. Gretel claims that she "wanted to have something that was different than what you could get at the store," and Ohio Magazine responded to the farm's noteworthy practices by placing it on the Best of Ohio list in 2012. Now joined by a select staff, Steve and Gretel continue to stay involved with their farm's daily activities. In addition to working the fields and learning to fluently speak Jolly Green Giantese, they also tote their flora to farmers' markets throughout the Columbus area, where they sell freshly cut flowers and educate people about the benefits of sustainable living and locally grown produce.