Since 1948, Roxborough residents have been heading to Stanley’s Hardware for their household needs, or the perfect DIY solution to a small, nagging apartment problem. The impressively stocked store moved to Ridge Avenue in 1961, and has been supplying the neighborhood with nails, screws, fixtures, fittings, tape and everything in between for more than a generation since. After a much-needed expansion, Stanley’s now runs out of a bright, welcoming, even more thoroughly stocked building on the same lot, where the dedicated team working inside sells an array of indoor and outdoor plants, consult on paint options and rent a range of equipment for bigger jobs. It’s nice to know that there’s still a corner hardware store to pick through for the perfect solution; even if you need a jackhammer, some patio furniture or some party supplies.
Lee's Hardware has equipped patrons with the proper tools to complete projects and maintain healthy houses for more than 60 years. Through buying cooperative Do it Best, the power tool, plumbing, and paint experts at Lee's Hardware can access more than 65,000 items ready to be delivered to the store or grown from a beanstalk for customer convenience. Stock up on kitchen companions such as a Keurig coffee brewer ($149.99) or prepare for a pizza bagel party with a large toaster oven ($59.99). For hard-to-find or not-in-stock items, the Ship-to-Store option online allows for items to be delivered to the store for free. Houseware items, such as the Dirt Devil Featherlite vacuum cleaner ($49.99) or EuroPro Shark Steam mop ($119.99), allow homeowners to startle sleeping house pets and clean up after them at the same time, and an array of automotive supplies, outdoor recreation items, Rubbermaid products, and cleaning products includes the proper accouterments to care for residential investments.
Opening its doors more than 90 years ago, Ricklin’s Hardware and its knowledgable retailers facilitate DIY projects and home renovations with a wide range of supplies. Friendly staff members help visitors to navigate bustling shelves that include 27-piece sets of Great Neck tools designed to help homeowners to maintain their nests ($24.99) and 8-pound jugs of pet-safe ice melter designed to keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians and stray rollaway beds ($16.49). Nontoxic cans of Mythic paint (prices vary) rejuvenate domestic interiors with eco-friendly luster that's free of strong fumes. Grill gurus can abadon old-fashioned tubs of shoe polish to blacken steaks within the newfangled green, black, or copper confines of a Weber Genesis EP-310 grill ($749) or sizzle kebabs on a Weber Spirit E-320 ($499).
Now that it’s winter and your family is no longer starring in its own sitcom, you’ll need to follow through on your New Year’s resolution to build a fourth wall for your house. Today’s Groupon gets you $20 toward anything your home project requires at 10th Street Hardware for $10. The Center City handymen and women at 10th Street can help you pick the perfect painting supplies, tools, home and garden supplies, electrical equipment, and plumbing parts for your life-sized Statue of Liberty barbecue pit. City Paper readers named 10th Street Best Hardware Store in 2007.
The gardening store that Bill Green opened in 1943 remains open today, thanks to the oversight of Green's grandson, David. The family-owned business now provides garden design services to assist newly greened thumbs and hosts Saturday classes on topics such as winter rose care and impervious biodome construction. Primex also partners with local philanthropic organizations, helping to fill pantries in need with excess fruits and vegetables, Locally sourced plants fill the nursery and greenhouse, and organic gardening products stand on shelves throughout the store. A knowledgeable staff of horticulturists and gardeners provide garden consultations and advice on botanical matters. Chloe and Rascal, Primex's feline employees, roam the warehouse, greenhouse, and koi pond, dispensing horticultural advice to various inanimate objects.
By blasting a combination of solid CO2 pellets and compressed air, the technicians at Advanced Dry Ice Cleaning Solutions safely clean commercial, residential, and industrial surfaces. This dry ice technique, which was initially employed by the aircraft industry, is said to be more effective than power washing and more feasible than dunking your entire house in a bubble bath. Plus, dry ice works safely on everything from electrical components to automotive systems and is able to repair smoke damage, remove grease, and even kill off microscopic invaders such as mold and bacteria. And since the process produces no waste and involves no chemicals, it also packs the added benefit of being environmentally friendly.