Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating, and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families. As part of the process of receiving a Habitat home, these partner families commit to 500 hours of sweat equity, helping to build the homes and then making zero-interest monthly mortgage payments. Cincinnati Habitat volunteer crews build about 20 homes a year in the Cincinnati area.
If its full name––Two Fat Guys Summerfield Ace Hardware––isn't a clue about this store's unconventional nature, maybe its pet shop is. Or perhaps that distinction belongs to its owners' related endeavor: not only do Rick and Smokey inspire ambitious homeowners with rows of home-improvement implements, but they also encourage handiness by taking to the airwaves with a weekly hardware radio show. Summerfield Ace Hardware also doubles as a U-Haul Center, and animals are welcome, especially if they're able to drive a U-Haul but also if they just want to sniff around the pet shop. Prepping for barbecue season is a cinch on these premises: in the words of Rick and Smokey, "With a name like the Two Fat Guys you might expect that we have a complete grilling center and we offer assembly and delivery." Salespeople are trained to answer nearly any home-improvement question their customers ask, and a wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies shares space with gifts, home decor, and housewares.
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.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
At Direct Tools Factory Outlet, power tools, outdoor equipment, and floor-care products flaunt the titles of major manufacturers such as Ryobi, Homelite, and Hoover. Patrons can peruse the emporium's towering displays for discounted, reconditioned items, such as a Ryobi One+ right-angle drill ($55.99). Customers can liberate rugs from the remnants of a balding Chia pet with a Dirt Devil pet hand vac ($39.99), or employ the rotating blades of a reconditioned electric saw ($44.99) to effortlessly cut wood for a tree house. Products at Directory Tools Factory Outlet carry a minimum one-year warranty, and knowledgeable staffers are available to answer questions and guide customers through the inventory like a Sherpa guiding lost travelers through the plotlines of M.A.S.H.
One Stop Rental accommodates customers with an invisible stockpile of efficient, clean burning propane. The non-toxic barbecue fuel not only helps to ensure safe outdoor cooking, but also produces less carbon dioxide than traditional grilling methods such as burning charcoal or searing steaks on the engine of a diesel truck. Though not included with today's Groupon, One Stop Rental can also help ignite backyard celebrations with propane grill rental and an assortment of party equipment.