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.
After 95 years of business, Crown City Hardware has established itself as a beacon of high-quality hardware goods, offering more than 100,000 items and cultivating professional relationships with more than 600 suppliers. Perusing the general department preps homeowners for everyday household projects with Gorilla Glue Super Glue ($3.69), paintbrushes ($0.39+), and WD-40 ($7.79). Meanwhile, the builders' section at the store's back counter houses a host of popular reproductions and exclusive restoration hardware, including solid forged brass handrail brackets ($33.99), which offers stair-climbers support and stability, and Jeffersonian rain gauges ($189.99), which can measure the rainfall in backyards or the number of tears you’ve cried since Firefly was cancelled.
Without appliances, the home would be a place of tedious work instead of the restful respite it should be. Royal Touch Appliance Repair keeps tediousness out of homes by keeping large appliances such as dishwashers and ovens running smoothly and efficiently. Besides repairs, its services extend to installation, upgrades, assisting with troubleshooting, and preventative maintenance on Rosie the Robot.
Continuing a 57-year legacy, the experienced mobile-electronics technicians at Al & Ed's Autosound equip car owners with safe driving solutions during two-hour hands-free Bluetooth installations. Armed with an extensive arsenal of adapters, the technicians integrate Parrot CK3000 Evolution Bluetooth units with existing audio systems, allowing calls to be heard through the vehicle's speakers. Any phone equipped with Bluetooth connectivity can sync with the handy hands-free device, regardless of manufacturer or carrier. Responding to voice commands from the driver, the unit conjures up contacts from its database of up to 150 names when called upon, much like a faithful robotic court wizard.
Dusty cassettes and worn-down records surrender fading memories to ARC’s staff, which works to preserve visual memoirs and nostalgic tunes with pristine, dependable DVD and CD transfers. Crisp, high-definition quality defines each DVD transfer ($3–$10/transfer, depending on number of copies), ensuring patrons can enjoy home movies without the sputtering loops, unspooled tape, and sporadic bursts of ’80s-style synthesizers central to most VHS-viewing experiences. ARC’s staff can also do a combined edit of film, photos, and VHS footage onto a single DVD ($20/hour; $5/each additional hour), and underscore the visuals with a choice of music. Additionally, patrons can transfer audio from flimsy records to CD ($6–$22/transfer, depending on number of copies), preserving rare recordings for years to come. All transfers include a plastic case for the DVD or CD, and ARC can craft labels for an additional $0.25.
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