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.
Owner of Dents Unlimited, Marc LaFerriere, is a seasoned, Vale-certified technician with a special knack for paintless dent removal. Using a handful of tools, his trained staff pops out dents from the inside out, ridding vehicle exteriors of dings from hailstorms, car accidents, or errant shopping carts without the need for sloppy paint touchups. LaFerriere also specializes repairing damaged autos after major collisions, along with providing window tinting and glass repair. The 17,000-square-foot facility also has space for maintenance services such as oil changes, and a waiting area with wooden floors, leather couches, and kids’ toys. To promote exterior beauty, his will team paint vehicular bodies and seals them with paint protection film.
The paving experts from Missouri Brothers Asphalt mend weathered driveways by filling in cracks and matching each surface with a shiny new coat of asphalt sealant. After prepping the surface by cleaning off dirt and debris, the team covers splits and fissures caused by fickle temperatures or woozy shot-putters. Next, a technician sprays MacConnell and Associates MAC 52 sealer over the entire surface using a modern applicator from Panther Equipment. The sealant helps protect the surface from future damage and is backed up by a one-year guarantee, which provides a complimentary retouch of any damages to asphalt that weren't caused by snowplows. Missouri Brothers Asphalt can also repaint parking-lot stripes and markers.
Gutter Brothers helps homeowners protect their abodes from rainy days by clearing out leaf-choked gutters, flushing out downspouts, and surveying drains for troublesome cracks. If leaking gutters cause mold and mildew to crop up on your siding, the crew will power wash it away, and they can also turn their nozzles on grimy decks and driveways. The crew can also install new seamless gutters forged from 27-gauge aluminum, which they back with a 20-year guarantee against cracking, chipping, peeling, and defecting to your neighbor’s house.
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.
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.