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.
With a verdant variety of shrubs, trees, roses, and vines, the friendly plantologists will help you wade through the veritable ocean of foliage. Beginning green-thumbers can take advantage of a jumbo planting kit, including ample plant food, vitamin B1, and planting compost—everything a person needs to lure an unsuspecting plant into captivity ($15.97 for the regular kit; $29.97 for the jumbo kit). Advanced yard-enhancements abound in the form of trees and shrubs, such as a selection of 5-gallon citrus trees, good for accenting a living space and forming a focal point for the worship of the Lemon Pledge gods ($34.99). Armstrong can also help organic gardeners reach full-flavored nirvana with a bevy of 3-inch plant varieties ($2.99; selections vary by season and location).
For more than 30 years, Precision Tune Auto Care has helped vehicles of all sorts run smoothly with an array of maintenance and auto-repair services. Professionally trained mechanics whet engine appetites with an oil change (up to 5-quarts) and top off fluids (up to a $25 value), and then rotate tires (up to a $17 value) to ensure an even distribution of wear and tear. A windshield-wiper replacement of two blades 16-24 inches in length maintains driver visibility throughout the coming spring rain filled months (up to a $13 value), a battery and charging-system check (up to a $25 value) safeguards against ignition failure during winner-take-all drag races down by the old reservoir, and a brake inspection ensures a smooth stop before driving into the old reservoir. After a spring maintenance, drivers will speed home enjoying a newfound confidence in their carriage’s drivability.
At Glam Girls Kids Spa & Tea Room, girls get their fill of fun activities—from playing dress-up in princess gowns to walking the runway during fashion shows. Glam Girls showers kids with mani-pedis, facials, and hairstyling services within a festive atmosphere that’s perfect for birthday parties or special outings. Pink tablecloths and lavender walls set the scene for tea parties, and bright, comfy couches let girls lounge in style while their nails dry.