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.
Since 1982, Town & Country Flowers & Gifts has been filling vases with fragrant bursts of color and making gift-giving easy with treats and home accessories. Bouquets such as the vibrant, multihued Make a Wish translate cheery statements into botanical displays, which can be picked up at the boutique, sent directly to recipients, or delivered to a variety of local hospitals and funeral homes. The shop stocks more than just flowers—morsels by South Bend Chocolate Company melt atop tongues, Village Candles accent homes with flickering flames, and Russ teddy bears offer an alternative to genuine grizzlies, whose wrapping-paper phobia makes them an impractical present.
Aesthetic Plant Specialists nurtures 38,000 square feet of leafy pets that help to enliven homes and office buildings throughout the year using adapted traditional and modern growing techniques. Poinsettias flourish inside the spacious greenhouse, and will often reach heights of up to 36 inches with proper care and a constant stream of soothing kazoo lullabies. Light watering is required to keep soil as moist as Santa's tears do in the poinsettia's natural habitat, and an ideal temperature between 68 and 70 degrees is required to help plants stay healthy. Poinsettias will thrive for several months after the holiday season, helping to improve indoor air quality and camouflaging pet tomatoes during games of hide-and-seek.
Kapp's Lawn Specialists have been beautifying yards for more than four decades. During that time, they've perfected a precise system for keeping grass, trees, and shrubs healthy, tidy, verdant, and fertilized. Among an array of services, their seasonal groundskeeping package employs a custom-blended granular fertilizer and treatments for keeping crabgrass, weeds, and revolution-minded plastic flamingos under control. Staff members are professionally trained and certified, and the products they use are all approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to safely fend off insects, plant diseases, and other lawn-related woes.
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.
Refusing to sit back in cushiony comfort after the success of its world-famous recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has grown into a diverse purveyor of quality sofas, chairs, and tables. Customers can crawl into the arms of an endearing loveseat (starting at $549), as a way to rebel against the arms of a controlling body pillow, or stretch out in motion sofas (starting at $799) and sleeper sofas (starting at $849) for more versatile body bolstering. La-Z-Boy is an environmentally conscientious company, practicing waste and water reduction as well as recycling throughout its manufacturing process and offering an eco-friendly line of fabrics and cushions. La-Z-Boy frequently contributes chairs and sofas to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
John Klopfenstein stores, helmed by third-generation family members, furnish their customer's castles with floor coverings, home accessories, and furniture that hails from name-brand suppliers such as Ashley Furniture, La-Z-Boy, and SleepLogic. Study images of the moon’s surface for brie-rich deposits under the light of a Stein World lamp ($99.99), or rest from a hard day of computing and paperweight lifting atop a comfortable mattress pad ($79.99+) set in a stylish queen bed frame ($69.99+). To take the strain out of stretching a budget while still pulling off the perfect look for your pad, John Klopfenstein Furniture provides in-home interior-design service, dispatching a decorating guru to supply samples, take measurements, and compose an in-store display presentation from existing stock for your perusal.