At each of Ace Hardware’s 4,600 locations around the world, attentive and knowledgeable associates oversee well-stocked shelves bearing domestic tools ranging from nuts and bolts to home goods and automotive supplies. As shoppers search for the right supplies to help with common projects such as finishing a basement or turning a mailbox into a working beehive, the shop’s hardware experts stand ready to dispense professional advice whenever it’s needed. They also deliver professional services—such as mower-blade sharpening, key cutting, and propane-tank refilling—that require more than just DIY oomph.
Roberts tends a stylish stable of furnishings from brand names such as Ashley Furniture and Crown Mark to staff living rooms, dining dens, and bedchambers. A tasteful array of cheval floor mirrors ($99+) and table lamps ($49+) distract visitors from the fact that your coasters are made out of overdue library books. Living-room and bedroom sets (both $699+) are well matched by Roberts' empire of ottomans. For a fee, same-day delivery can expedite your laptop's metamorphosis into the desktop PC it was always meant to be.
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.
The dedicated pet counselors at Camp Care-A-Lot nurture furry friends during supervised play dates and classes, as well as an array of pet-pampering services. Drop Fido off for doggy daycare ($11 half-day; $22 day) to allow the pup to socialize with other canine campers as they enjoy two indoor playgrounds, an outdoor yard, and the occasional poetry slam. Overnight boarding ($25–$90 per night) gives four-legged pals full access to the playgrounds before they doze off for the night on a comfy orthopedic bed; felines staying the night ($11–26 per night) get a personal litter box and can enjoy sweet dreams about laser pointers. For a clean and healthy pet, grooming services include an oatmeal shampoo ($5), a nail trim ($10), and teeth brushing ($10) to freshen breath, reduce tartar, boost the dog’s dating life, and aid in the deterrence of periodontal disease.
No matter what the hour or the day, the florists at Pollard's Florist can be called upon to arrange beautiful bouquets of flowers. That's because the shop keeps staff on hand 24 hours a day, every day of the year because they know that every day is a celebration for someone, and they're here to help make it special. To do this, they keep thousands of roses, exotic blooms, and sprays on hand. They then use their 75 years of experience to mix and match flowers to create something that evokes romance, gratitude, or deepest sympathies. Flowers are arranged in a choice of baskets, vases, or stands to create a ready-to-display centerpiece or a streamlined flower missile to throw at bridesmaids. For last-minute orders, staff can even create and send out arrangements at odd hours to get flowers to loved ones on time.
Patrick's Hardware has stocked toolbelts and tool boxes with a variety of hardware needs since 1895, drawing from a stock of more than 65,000 items. A variety of handsaws ($6.27–$23.90) cut through wooden planks and frozen turkeys, which can be carved into presidential silhouettes with a Mintcraft chisel with a safety grip ($14.65). Lawn-care and outdoor-living tools make wilderness maintenance easier, and farm supplies keep cows and crops happy. Prepare a room for a new family addition with an emotional heart-to-heart or a panoply of paints, such as Valspar flat wall latex paint ($12.59/qt.). A plethora of nails, screws, and bolts await purchase in the shop's bulk inventory, allowing buyers to select the exact size and quantity they need. Patrick's Hardware also hosts a full-service glass shop, which supplies mirrors, tabletops, insulated glass, and more for residential or commercial remodeling.