It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
Technicians wield scrolls of premium tints and Custom Tint’s three decades of expertise as they deflect heat and sunbeams from windowpanes. Armed with standard, high-performance, and ceramic tints from Global Window Films, staffers trim the UV-blocking film to fit individual windows in cars as well as homes and offices, preventing heat from rendering interiors uncomfortable or sunlight from fading treasured Bayeux Tapestries. Custom Tint bolsters its work with limited and lifetime warranties with national coverage.
The experienced needle wielders at Perfect Fitting adjust the sizing of all manner of garments for men, women, and children. Shorten jacket sleeves ($30) and shirt sleeves ($20) to better showcase muscular wrists, and alter skirt hems to show off rare third knees ($16+). A fresh plain pants hem ($12) creates a crisp upper border for shoes, and a new zipper ($16) helps to maintain modesty. Ill-fitting slacks and legs reconcile after Perfect Fitting's staff bedeck denim with an original jeans hem ($20), and watermelon smuggling is made simpler after the alteration specialists take out skirt or dress waists ($16
Eager to assist home-improvement and upkeep projects, neatly arranged drills, garden hoses, paintbrushes, and other hardware sundries populate the shelves at family-owned Avalon Hardware. Stacks of mulch team up with rakes and watering cans to keep landscapes lush but tidy, and fluorescent light bulbs promise to emit steady, more sustainable light in homes. Customers can also swing by to grab gallons of PPG Porter paint, which staffers mix to exact specifications after a small sacrifice of crayons to a prism spirit.
The promotion professionals of A1 Balloon Rental call attention to grand openings, discounted prices, and other business happenings with large, outdoor inflatables. From standard, light-bulb-shaped balloons to character dirigibles shaped as accusatory Uncle Sams, A1 Balloon Rentals enhances special events with eye-catching publicity materials. Other products available for rental include light-up arrow signs, photo booths, and searchlights perfect for alerting Batman of deals on used Batmobiles.