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 DeRonne family continues its seven decades of hardware heritage by stocking life-simplifying hardware and home goods in the largest of the DeRonne True Value Hardware stores. Overcome childhood fears of the Canadian flag to eradicate autumn leaves and spruce-up down-spruced lawns with the help of a Green Thumb 24-inch rake ($9.49), 3-pound bag of fall-mix grass seed ($9.49), or weed and feed fertilizer ($10 for 5,000 sq. ft. of coverage). A Master Tradesman 8'x10' multipurpose tarp shelters moisture-sensitive goods from the elements ($8.99), and the shop's selection of Michigan-made products, such as Carhartt clothes, helps support and promote in-state manufacturers.
With its vast aisles of fabrics and comprehensive roster of sewing classes, Haberman Fabrics inspires creativity among budding crafters and professional fabricators alike. Ogle an eye-popping array of textiles (starting at approximately $3.65/yard) that runs the gamut from bolts of retro printed oilcloth ($7.98/yard) to sheaves of modern, eco-savvy bamboo linen ($18.98/yard). Satellite departments house cavernous caches of bridal, home décor, and notions essentials. Congo lines of rhinestone and metallic vine motif banding ($10.98/yard) enliven drab dresses or hold rambunctious tresses in a glittering headlock, and cubes of high-density foam ($24.50) beg to be coated in graphic upholstery cloth. Fingers can paw through a multitude of buttons or protect themselves from insidious needles with jelly thimbles ($2.25 each).
The quaint, mother-and-daughter-owned Royal Oak knitterie offers an eclectic selection of knitting, spinning, and crocheting tools for everyone from the novice knitter to the experienced threadmistress. A wide array of fibers, from Merino silk ($25) to dyed wool ($30), are offered for any of your sock- or shawl-making needs, alongside popular needles such as the Addi Turbo circles needles ($13.50+) and the Lantern Moon silk-needles case ($30+), handmade by women in Vietnam. The house of knits also boasts a friendly and knowledgeable staff that is ready to assist you in finding the right fiber for your knitting needs and to help new and experienced knitters navigate the yarnerie.
Certified by Tree Care Industry Association and winner of the association’s 2011 award for Outstanding Consumer Communication, Branch Tree Service, Inc. earns arboreal attention for its professional tree-care services and relationships with tree owners. Since 1983, the tree team has taken on a wide array of projects to ensure the health and vitality of residential and commercial landscape. The outfit’s landscape-beautification service keeps greenery aesthetically pleasing, and the pruning and tree-surgery service wards off overgrowth and makes daily strides toward helping trees walk again. In addition to keeping landscapes lush and leafy, the outfit can restore a down-on-its-luck yard to former attractiveness through its property-restoration services, which include pest management, growth stabilizers, and trunk injections.