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.
A tall painted portrait, illuminated from above, shows a woman standing barefoot holding a lamb. Follow her glance downwards and sideways, and you'll sight row upon brightly colored row of carefully stacked skeins of yarn from brands such as Blue Sky and Spud & Chloë. Classes teach tender-footed knitters to wield these materials with care, and more advanced offerings cover refined and specialized stitching skills. The shop also carries its own line of all-natural soaps, household cleaners, and moisturizers designed to soften hands toughened by efforts to wrestle needles away from uncooperative porcupines.
Chris Beutz founded Green Horizons in 1988 to combine professional landscaping techniques with a growing knowledge of natural ecological cycles that restore spring vibrancy to yards shocked by winter months. In spring and fall, Beutz and his team clear away seasonal debris, lower the ears of lawns, and trim any remaining patches of scruff. Summer services, such as weekly shrubbery trimming and lemonade sprinkling, keep lawns looking good enough for a garden party. Services save homeowners valuable weekend time to attend their children's sporting events or the NBA Spelling Bee.
With more than 1,700 stores in the U.S., Target has the broad exposure that attracts prominent designers and the scale to sell those designers' works at reasonable prices. The store can stock surprising big name designers without compromising its commitment to delightful affordability. That’s how its “Expect More, Pay Less” promise comes to life.
Load a recycled-plastic shopping cart with clothes from exclusive brands such as C9 by Champion or Sonia Kashuk, or with electronics from Samsung and Apple. The selection has everything from clothes and beauty products to furniture and electronics.
The company's mobile site, apps, and online store, with its electronic weekly ad and easy-to-organize shopping lists, make it easy to remember what you need. And, if you need help finding anything, you’ll have no trouble spotting team members in their distinctive red shirt and khaki pants.
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Since 1935, Sunnyside Gardens' horticulture habitués have fueled the fruitfulness of local soil with a sanctuary of greenery and a stockade of gardening accessories. Populate organic canvases with Brilliant poppies made famous by Georgia O’Keefe ($10.99 each for 3+), or pick up a sturdy stem of Achillea Moonshine, which pays homage to the Greek god of bathtub gin ($10.99 each for 3+). Pet-friendly pest killers, such as Sluggo Slug and Snail Bait, exile gastropods from gardens ($12.99), and Liquid Fence flouts furry creatures including rabbits, deer, and sleepwalking fathers-in-law ($14.99). Sunnyside's experienced earth stewards navigate the 15,000-square-foot combination-indoor-outdoor store with expertise, leading gardeners of all abilities to thousands of annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs more efficiently than a thorny compass rose ever could.