At each of Ace Hardware’s 4,600 locations around the world, attentive and knowledgeable associates oversee well-stocked shelves bearing domestic tools ranging from nuts and bolts to home goods and automotive supplies. As shoppers search for the right supplies to help with common projects such as finishing a basement or turning a mailbox into a working beehive, the shop’s hardware experts stand ready to dispense professional advice whenever it’s needed. They also deliver professional services—such as mower-blade sharpening, key cutting, and propane-tank refilling—that require more than just DIY oomph.
Virginia Beach Cornhole brings the classic challenge of chucking a corn-filled bag through a hole in a tilted game board to the seaside. Its waterfront shops stock an array of regulation-sized boards, with both painted and unfinished options, which patrons can rent or purchase. Like the bed pillows of most chickens, Virginia Beach Cornhole’s bags are packed with a pound of corn each, and are available in a rainbow of vibrant colors. For friendly competition, players can chuck bags in one of the company’s contests, hosted weekly throughout the summer and sporadically in winter months.
Serving as a quick and convenient source of home-improvement inventory, Rommel's Ace keeps local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments. Collections of DeWalt, Craftsman, and Stihl hand and power tools help homeowners complete home projects, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Rommel's Ace Hardware’s helpful services: customers at the Perry Hall location had browse Carhartt apparel, keys are cut onsite, including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
Rommel's Ace in Seaford, Delaware even offers Edmonton Kayaks and kayak accessories in their complete kayak center.
Patrick's Hardware has stocked toolbelts and tool boxes with a variety of hardware needs since 1895, drawing from a stock of more than 65,000 items. A variety of handsaws ($6.27–$23.90) cut through wooden planks and frozen turkeys, which can be carved into presidential silhouettes with a Mintcraft chisel with a safety grip ($14.65). Lawn-care and outdoor-living tools make wilderness maintenance easier, and farm supplies keep cows and crops happy. Prepare a room for a new family addition with an emotional heart-to-heart or a panoply of paints, such as Valspar flat wall latex paint ($12.59/qt.). A plethora of nails, screws, and bolts await purchase in the shop's bulk inventory, allowing buyers to select the exact size and quantity they need. Patrick's Hardware also hosts a full-service glass shop, which supplies mirrors, tabletops, insulated glass, and more for residential or commercial remodeling.
Richmond Fencing Club has molded budding fencers since JFK was president and humankind had just turned its eyes to the moon. Today, three instructors—each with their own titles from the Virginia Division Championships—helm the educational efforts, overseeing a program that educates students as young as 6 in the foot- and bladework required to wield a fencing foil competitively.
They teach in a no-nonsense facility, its cinderblock walls decorated only with pegs to hang fencing equipment, its smooth hardwood floors interrupted only by well-worn fencing lanes. The fencing-dedicated space keeps elaborately uniformed students cool with central air conditioning instead of replacing helmets with ice buckets like lesser establishments.