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.
The savvy staff of Roswell Do It Best Hardware–an authorized dealer of STIHL and Big Green Egg products–keeps shelves stocked with all the tools, supplies, and accouterments needed for a cornucopia of home-improvement tasks. Hardware-minded visitors can fill fists with a 16-ounce hammer ($8.49) or grab hold of a 6-pound, double-face sledgehammer ($23.49), which gives arms the oomph necessary to drive stakes into the ground or smash them into nail-size shards. Customers can peruse the hefty selections of nails ($15.99) and upholstery pins ($2.49), which come in handy for holding projects together, and 16-ounce bottles of exterior wood glue ($7.49) assist home-tinkerers in fulfilling hammerless home improvements. Two-pound chopping axes ($39.99) stand at the ready for chopping wood, overgrown trees, and those pesky telephone poles that get tangled in overgrown trees.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.
Delicious chocolate covered strawberries and Fresh fruit sculptures by Edible Arrangements® resemble bouquets of flowers in bloom. These tasty fruit gift baskets inspired by flower bouquets are made from the freshest fruits. They make sweet gift baskets for all occasions from Mother's day gifts, birthdays.
Ben's Brands for Less houses a selection of overstocked name-brand home furnishings and mattresses at discounted prices. Household relaxation units from Simmons, Lane, and Broyhill complement any style or space, from art-deco dining rooms to children's bedrooms to ornate home mission-control centers. Dads can stage rest-offs on a dual reclining sofa ($499+) or survey a den outfitted with an entertainment center ($149+) and Simmons leather rocker recliner ($349+). Restless hibernators can return to goodnightliness with Ben's compendium of Beautyrest and Southern Cross slumber chariots. Affix frames with a Southern Cross luxury firm mattress ($248–$548) or a Simmons Harley plush mattress ($398–$798) to soften dreamscapes.
The sounds of whirring pottery wheels, tinkling piano keys, and clashing swords form a symphony of creative energy at Arts of Cobb, a local arts center guided by religious principles. Owner Lauren McBride, a.k.a. Miss Lala, divides the center's offerings into four main categories—artistry, rhythm and music, theater, and special offerings (which include fitness classes). The selection offers something for just about everybody. Parents can enroll young children in music and art lessons that combine creative projects with open play time, or attend yoga or fencing lessons themselves.
Mothers often chide youngsters for hopping onto flower beds, but Buckhead Bounce encourages it with its 3-D flowerpot bouncer. It’s one of the company’s several playfully themed inflatable rentals, which include a fire truck, a castle combo with a jumping area and slide, and a jousting arena replete with headgear and jousting poles. Professional setup and breakdown bookends each four-hour inflatable rental, during which sirens alert attendants of any loss of power so they can safely clear children from the inflatable before it deflates.
Along with bounce houses, Buckhead Bounce enlivens parties by turning backyards into drive-ins with inflatable movie screens, professional projectors, 450-watt speakers, and Blu-ray players. Guests enjoy their flick of choice while lounging on rental chairs and snacking on a rental hot-dog steamer’s franks, a rental popcorn maker’s kernels, or invisible stew a rental mime keeps trying to prepare.