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 savvy staff of Roswell Do It Best Hardware–an authorized dealer of STIHL and Big Green Egg products–keeps shelves stocked with all the tools, supplies, and accouterments needed for a cornucopia of home-improvement tasks. Hardware-minded visitors can fill fists with a 16-ounce hammer ($8.49) or grab hold of a 6-pound, double-face sledgehammer ($23.49), which gives arms the oomph necessary to drive stakes into the ground or smash them into nail-size shards. Customers can peruse the hefty selections of nails ($15.99) and upholstery pins ($2.49), which come in handy for holding projects together, and 16-ounce bottles of exterior wood glue ($7.49) assist home-tinkerers in fulfilling hammerless home improvements. Two-pound chopping axes ($39.99) stand at the ready for chopping wood, overgrown trees, and those pesky telephone poles that get tangled in overgrown trees.
Run by longtime friends and art enthusiasts Anna and Dede, the children's art studio gives crafty youngsters myriad accouterments for creating inimitable masterpieces, and encourages fledgling Rembrandts’ self-confidence in their own artistic abilities. The day-camp sessions impart multihued knowledge to diminutive innovators, using a plethora of supplies such as glitter, paint, and clay to construct fun works of mini human genius. Projects vary day to day and have included the assemblage and decoration of collages, bags, and jewelry. Imaginative whippersnappers are encouraged to get messy in their quest for the ultimate magnum opus, which they can cart home and arrange on refrigerators or inside freezers. In addition to the camp classes listed on the site, sessions on May 31, June 1, and June 2 have been added for Groupon users.
Furnishing vases with fresh floral arrangements since 1947, Maud Baker showers flower fanatics with a bevy of blossoms. Maud's artistic arrangements help express emotions fit for a range of occasions, and creations can match whatever color, type of flower, or childhood phobia you have in mind. Pick petal arrangements for occasions from birthdays to weddings to the first of many joyous snipe hunts.
Lauded as Citysearch's Best Florist in 2009, Darryl Wiseman crafts stunning arrangements from locally grown and directly imported blossoms. The Love bouquet's 15 roses, set in an elegant vase, lure loved ones or escaped pet bees with a self-selected mirage of red, white, pink, hot pink, yellow, or bi-color petals. Alternatively, clients can opt for made-to-order flower arrangements—which use contemporary, English-cottage garden, or French-country styles—or nab one of the shop's premade creations, such as the multifarious yellow and white blooms of the Designer's Choice or the lithe, multicolored tulips of the Dutch Bunch. Groupon holders can also apply the value toward any of up to 15 different varieties of orchid plant that line the shelves at all times. Though the shop can deliver blossom bundles by mail or carrier pigeon, the staff sweetens pickup orders with a complimentary box of truffles.
Habersham Garden's horticultural experts guide locals through green mazes of plants that thrive in the Atlanta climate, volunteering shrewd gardening advice and supplying clients with plant-tending essentials. A variety of perennials ($9.99 to $24.99) or annuals ($2.99 to $9.99) adds a splash of color to front yards otherwise embellished by indigenous lawn chairs. Preplanted containers ($24.99+) can compliment a patio, or an orchid ($11.99+) can add a touch of oxygenating beauty to interiors. In addition to an extensive garden center, Habersham Gardens also has a dedicated retail shop filled with supplies, local art, and other garden-related gifts ($22.99+). Habersham Gardens' knowledgeable staff jumps at the chance to give gardening advice, such as when and where to plant certain species and what kind of cake to feed a perennial on its third birthday.
Sheepish stuffs its shelves with vibrant fibers, needles, and other knitting supplies, and an amenable staff stands ready to satisfy any and all string-related inquiries. A reasonably priced selection of knitting, crocheting, and weaving products is available for uninitiated and seasoned fiber-wizards alike. Brittany straight needles ($7–$9) send fingers flying through a scarf-sized skein of Cascade 220 wool ($7), and geometrically talented crafters can produce Möbius strip sweatbands by the dozen out of basic cotton yarns ($2.50/ball). Yarn wranglers seeking helpful hemming hints can procure a handy booklet ($6.50), a book brimming with sewing knowledge ($10–$30), or a panoply of premade patterns to guide their hands ($3–$7).