Umber's Do It Best Hardware inspires checklist completion with its massive selection of tools and supplies, ranging from housewares and cleaning products to plumbing and painting materials. Tune up the family car with a fresh oil filter ($6.79) and spark plugs ($2.29 each), then apply Turtle Wax Express Shine ($6.79) to buff the chassis to a driveway-illuminating gleam. Home-care supplies such as pesticide-free flytraps ($5.99 each) politely encourage pesky pests to depart the premises without using harsh chemicals or space-consuming bouncers. For DIY types, tools such as needle-nose pliers ($5.99) facilitate jobs in narrow spaces, and a plethora of painting equipment provides the perfect opportunity to re-tint your domicile or finally finish that fresco depicting the Miracle on Ice.
Taylor Rental helps create memorable graduations, company picnics, birthdays, weddings, barbeques, and more with a wide array of party supplies. Entertain guests with casino games such as blackjack ($49.50 per day) or carnival games including bingo, which comes with 100 cards, a bingo wheel, and balls ($21.50 per day). Partygoers can mingle and flirt in a forest of balloons sprouted from an assorted package of five-inch inflatables ($8.99) and filled with a tank of helium ($28, fills about 40 balloons) able to sustain squeaky voices for up to five hours.
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.
If its full name––Two Fat Guys Summerfield Ace Hardware––isn't a clue about this store's unconventional nature, maybe its pet shop is. Or perhaps that distinction belongs to its owners' related endeavor: not only do Rick and Smokey inspire ambitious homeowners with rows of home-improvement implements, but they also encourage handiness by taking to the airwaves with a weekly hardware radio show. Summerfield Ace Hardware also doubles as a U-Haul Center, and animals are welcome, especially if they're able to drive a U-Haul but also if they just want to sniff around the pet shop. Prepping for barbecue season is a cinch on these premises: in the words of Rick and Smokey, "With a name like the Two Fat Guys you might expect that we have a complete grilling center and we offer assembly and delivery." Salespeople are trained to answer nearly any home-improvement question their customers ask, and a wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies shares space with gifts, home decor, and housewares.
Ferguson Hardware has been helping do-it-yourselfers spruce up homes and beautify gardens for more than a century. Banish closet clutter or marauding garden weeds to a 32-gallon black trash can ($21.49), which can double as a handy holding place for a 32-day supply of vintage milk. Handy customers can organize screwdrivers, wrenches, and hammers in a Stanley toolbox ($13.99), soothe crying hinges with an 8-ounce can of WD-40 oil ($2.99), or woo a lonely mail carrier with a Step 2 mailbox specially designed to attract attention for its durability and taste in shoes. A professional-grade driveway sealer keeps tricky asphalt from escaping the confines of driveways ($17.49), giving customers the freedom to roll out one of Ferguson Hardware’s wide selection of Weber grills for a driveway barbecue.
Madeleines Bakehouse takes its inspiration from the French treat known as a madeleine—a shell-shaped cake with a buttery crust and sponge-like texture. Originating in the city of Commercy in the 18th century, madeleines earned their name when a girl named Madeleine baked a batch that made it to the mouth of Louis XV's wife, who shared them with a loveable stray who would later win the world's heart by starring in Homeward Bound. This deal gets you a dozen of these majestic pastries, superb for dunking into an afternoon tea or submerging into your backyard pool of chocolate. Madeleines Bakehouse uses local and organic eggs in all of its recipes—including banana bread, coffee cake, and chocolate bouchon—ensuring high levels of vitamins and a soft richness.