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.
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.
Housing a menagerie of home improvement implements and constructive constructables, Koontz Hardware's helpful handymen hawk repair-ready wares from this West Hollywood building bazaar. Restoration-minded repairmen and repairwomen can comb through the expansive recesses of Koontz's 100,000-piece inventory, replenishing depleted toolboxes with new essentials ranging from tape measures (starting at $8.99) and dish towels ($5.99), to paint brushes (starting at $1.99) and electrical outlet travel adaptors ($4.99–$8.99). Spruce up dinged desks and furniture with touch-up pens (starting at $4.99) or help keep loving cups loveable with a squirt of shinifying silver cleaners and polishes (starting at $4.99).
With more than 80 years of wrench-wielding experience, the home improvement honchos at Pioneer Hardware preside over a cache of more than 70,000 brand-name tools, electronics, supplies, and accessories. Equip empty tool belts with a versatile Black & Decker cordless screwdriver ($34.99) or ensure lawns are well fed with a mechanical water timer ($10.97). Shoppers can also cruise through Pioneer's panoply of cleaning and paint supplies or prepare for an afternoon of plumbing pyrotechnics with its supply of PVC piping, faucet parts, and drain fittings.
With summer spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to stock up on cookware and housewares for outdoor entertaining and to get home-care projects underway. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99, a VPT rip hammer for $9.49, and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $2.29 a pop.
Sit 'n Sleep stuffs its showroom with brand-name mattresses such as Sealy, Sherwood, and Simmons in a variety of sizes and firmness, from twin to California king and Euro tops to ultra plush. Sleepers slumber effortlessly atop the plush Sherwood Fremont pillow top, designed exclusively with sustainable, organic fibers and powers of clairvoyance ($399.99 for queen). Avoid tossing and turning on the Sealy Balboa Island's firm layers, replete with patented posturepedic technology stoutly supporting finicky spines throughout the night ($859.99 for full). The half-bed, half-machine Simmons Kings Cove, imbued with hybrid spring technology, struggles with its identity while its BeautySleep memory foam cuddles bodies for maximum sheep-counting.