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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.

11977 Saint Charles Rock Rd
Bridgeton,
MO
US

Amid the July heat of 1955, four brothers—Arnold, Horace, Howard, and Oreon Wesche—took ownership of the existing Overland Hardware, working tirelessly to keep their store well oiled until 1975 when the next generation of Wesches grabbed the reigns. Dedicated to upholding their forbearers' rigorous standards of friendly and personalized service, current owners Gregg Wesche and Don Burkhardt maintain the store’s old-fashioned sensibilities of customer service. The knowledgeable staff spends time explaining tools and their uses to shoppers before carrying out purchases to customers’ horses tied up out front. The affable crew stocks shelves with seasonal supplies for all manner of projects, from large-scale home repairs to garden hobbies. Champions of speedy yet meticulous workmanship, Overland Hardware’s jack-of-all-trades staff also performs multifarious in-store and on-location services, from cutting chip keys for cars to repairing screens smashed by thieves attempting to steal cooling pies off of windowsills.

2520 Woodson Rd
Saint Louis,
MO
US

True Value traces its origins back to 1910, and now boasts 4,500 independent retailers across the country—one of which perches locally on Hampton Avenue, ready to outfit DIYers, gardeners, and homeowners with the supplies their projects demand. Should the store's generously stocked shelves leave a specific screwdriver or grass seed to be desired, a staffer can order items from True Value's densely packed catalog at no extra charge. In addition to equipping jacks-of-all-trades, the skilled technicians at Southside True Value Hardware can be called upon to repair household items, such as lawn mowers that have lost their faith in the tenets of a neatly trimmed yard.

6401 Hampton Ave
Saint Louis,
MO
US

Refueling barbecue bashes and backyard parties, Lindsey Rentals supplies the gas that pushes the grill up to a flammable feast. Propane sets the stage for backyard feasts, bringing a taste of summer to the table of friends, guests, and that one guy who you suspect may be living behind the rose garden. Give the gift of 20 pounds of gas to your winter-starved grill, and accent the smells of summer cookouts with barbecue meats and smoked steaks. The experienced and helpful hands at Lindsey Rentals will ensure that each tank is properly filled, answer any questions prospective “Kiss the Cook” apron wearers may have, and politely inform any customer if his or her homemade propane tank is actually just a windsock with a hose attached to it.

708 W Sexton Rd
Columbia,
MO
US

At Sound Performance, technicians upgrade cars with name-brand mobile electronics and alarm systems. They retool automotive acoustics with stereos, subwoofers, and speakers from brands such as Kenwood and Pioneer, and integrate smartphone ports into stereos so that motorists can tap into their music library while they drive. To protect the high-tech gadgets from the heat or the jealous eyes of strangers, technicians also install scratch-resistant LLumar window tints, which are cut with precision using a special computer system. Sound Performance prepares drivers for winter with remote starters, which enable drivers to warm up the car at the touch of a button without leaving the comfort of their home or curbside tanning bed.

1310 Indiana Ave
Columbia,
MO
US

Since Winston’s Sewing Center began dispensing quilting and needlepoint supplies in 1939, there have been quite a few innovations in the craft. That’s especially true with sewing machines. The storefront has a sizeable collection of up-to-date models that have pinpoint accuracy and programmable embroidery. These modern devices sit amid the vast stock of traditional craft supplies, including yards of luxuriant fabrics for handcrafting projects. The center also serves as just a quiet, comfortable place to sew, whether you want to do that in as part of a class, in a sociable club, or within a yarn cocoon.

2772 Muegge Road
St. Charles,
MO
US