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.
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.
With federally licensed flight instructors, quality ground facilities, and well-maintained aircraft, Tri-State's flight school provides a stable base for serious students or an enabling experience for those simply following mankind's innate urge to fly. Amateur aviators spend the first half of the lesson on the ground learning the principles of flight, including basic aerodynamics and how the craft works. Before takeoff students assist in the preflight inspection, then help check the weight and balance to ensure the plane is in shape to fly and has finished its vegetables. During flight, students will be allowed to briefly take the controls and pilot the plane, and then review their voyage in a postflight debrief.
The nationally certified professional dry cleaners at Don's Claytons have been removing mustard spots from neckties and mud stains from trousers since the Eisenhower administration. Using a patented DCI cleaning process, fabric-care experts remove grime and gravy from your shirts (around $2.48), pants (starting at $6.22), suits (around $12.47), dresses, and spats using solvents that clean without corroding fabric. They'll tackle household textiles as well, from duvets to doilies to handsewn refrigerator cozies.
Kohler City Hardware helps homeowners to repair, sharpen, renew, and stock their home with a plethora of essential supplies. In the spirit of winter, guests can swing through the shop to pick up bags of de-icing salt ($6.99) or toboggan sleds ($12.99). Skilled service people stand at the ready, performing all manner of tasks, from replicating keys ($1.79) to refilling propane tanks ($12.99/20 lb. tank) to estimating how many rocket scientists customers should hire to screw in a single light bulb.
Essentials Alterations & Tailoring's professional tailors reform loose and tight clothing into garments that fit properly, rejuvenating favorite jeans and tops. Skilled seamsmiths can alter, mend, or tailor a wide range of clothing types, from dresses and shirts to pants made out of bubble wrap. Common alterations include taking in a pair of pants ($18+), hemming a pair of slacks ($12+), or providing an original hem on a pair of jeans ($20+). Focused on personalized service for clothes-wearing beings, Essentials Alterations & Tailoring holds extended hours, which are available by an appointment made via phone call or by bat signal.