Contributing to local commerce isn’t new territory for the Howard family. In 1925, Edwin Howard’s in-laws founded a small grocery in Doraville, which he took leadership of 30 years later. After gaining experience in that business, he decided to expand the family’s venture, and in 1972, he opened the first Howard’s True Value Hardware right next door. Now, after more than 35 years and currently under the ownership of Howard brothers John and Doug, the hardware store keeps shelves stocked with more than 100,000 hardware items, tools, and home-garden accouterments from the likes of Carhartt and Honda, as well as charcoal grills from Big Green Egg, wood pellet grills from Traeger, and a line of propane grills with tanks they can fill in-store. For sports enthusiasts, they're an authorized YETI Cooler and Tifosi Eyeglass Dealer.
Building materials, including adhesives and mason tools, lighten the burdens of home-improvement projects, and a constellation of hand tools relieves the hassle of hiring a beaver to chew its way through 2”x4”s. A full stock of interior paints helps customers brighten the hue of living quarters, while a sturdy pair of jeans from Carhartt helps them to withstand the wear-and-tear of maintenance projects or slow dances with rose bushes.
Father-and-son team Robert and Fred Lee worked as homebuilders for years before going into business selling lights in 1965, so they knew how quickly something impressive could rise from a humble foundation. Sure enough, Lee Lighting, their small family company, grew to include a vast online retail shop and one of the largest lighting dealers in Texas. They've even purchased Savoy, a company that designs fixtures to bring cheer to dining rooms and make rooms full of ventriloquist dummies less terrifying.
Lee Lighting stocks shelves with a diverse selection of indoor lamps from brands including ELK Lighting, Quoizel, and Hudson Valley. Staffers certified by the American Lighting Association move beneath the dazzling crystal sprays and faux candles of chandeliers. They suggest outdoor lighting to transform backyards into regal terraces. They also stay abreast of lighting trends to help patrons select lights that will stay in style.
FastFrame outlines photographs and wall-worthy art with more than 1,000 frames in styles ranging from baroque gold trims to funky, contemporary schemes. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, professional framers help select matting hues to complement a diploma or the original Bill of Rights banning knuckle cracking. All projects are completed onsite, ensuring that no materials get dented or lost by clumsy carrier pigeons, and with the 30-day design guarantee, clients can return any custom designs for complete retooling within 30 days if they don't match homes' décor. FastFrame also offers a lifetime craftmanship guarantee.
Staffers at America's Mattress stores stock showrooms with sleep-inducing products to fit any preference, whether that's soft and pillowy or solid and firm. Many of the beds are made in Georgia, helping money stay in the local economy. These three shops are locally owned, though they are part of a large national network of mattress stores.
The teams there helps customers upgrade saggy sleeping situations with insomnia-tonics such as Serta perfect sleeper mattresses and Dr. Greene Sleep System beds, which were designed with input from an orthopedic surgeon. Other factory-direct mattresses from Serta include iComfort and Sertapedic. They compliment their vast selection of top-of-the-line mattresses with other bed-related accessories, including deluxe mattress protectors and headboards.
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Carbon-dioxide tanks, all-grain beer kits, and high-gravity worts are just a few of the supplies in Lilburn Home Brew's rotating inventory. For more than 20 years, this stock has supplied shoppers with everything they need to brew wine and beer at home, while eschewing additives and extracts. In addition to kegs and beer kits, the shelves see full- and novelty-sized oak barrels as well as cheese-making kits and supplies, which pupils can use to complement the fruits of their labor from onsite beer- and wine-brewing classes.