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 Cowboy House connects sports fans with sports memorabilia and stadium chairs that were harvested at Texas Stadium before its demolition in 2010. Cowboys fans can recline in reminiscence as they re-create cherished game memories in their own living rooms, from celebratory crowd leaps to epic feats of hot-dog eating. Sports memorabilia such as autographed jerseys and plaques provide customers with memorable keepsakes, and each stadium seat comes with a certificate of authenticity and a map to the secret location of Tony Romo's empty-pizza-box collection.
At Paint with Flair, instructors kick down the barriers that traditionally stand between beginners and a paintbrush, starting by creating a comfortable environment. Couples on dates, coworkers looking to bond, or friends out on the town sip on BYOB drinks and snacks as they loosen up and get acquainted with the provided materials (classes for kids and non-drinkers are also available on the schedule). Teachers get groups chatting as they take them on a step-by-step walk through the brushstrokes, color selection, and witchcraft necessary to whip up their own fetching painting, whether it be a reproduction of Van Gogh’s Starry Night or an original design.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
The House of Decor is a family owned and operated business and one of the most respected online stores. Thanks to the careful orchestration of the founder and with the support of her husband, family and friends, The House of Decor has delivered to hundreds of customers nationwide.
Wood Sense Furniture showcases sustainably built furnishings inside its showroom. To do this, its carpenters work with newly grown acacia, sheesham, and mango woods from plantations and reclaim wood from shipyards, buildings, and lightly used Trojan Horses. Each piece is hand-finished with water-based lacquers, and the finish, tone, texture, and grain varies based on the wood used. This variation allows for collections ripe with rustic-looking pieces, modern clean lines, and an array of colors and textures.