In 1934, Ben and Lena Rosen realized their humble dream of opening a mom-and-pop hardware store on Norfolk Street. As business flourished, customers began to request items beyond the scope of the shop's plumbing supplies, such as paint, window treatments, or tools to convert Cold War bomb shelters into Y2K panic rooms. Over the years, Norfolk Hardware & Home Center has responded to demand by expanding into a 40,000-square-foot store and warehouse manned by more than 50 employees. Their helpful, honest advice—along with their stockpile of appliances, paint, tools, hardware, and other home supplies—makes DIY home makeovers a breeze.
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.
Jev Jesjunins—the founder of New England Property Management & Service Company—dispatches his crew to complete virtually any residential or commercial project, large or small. When reconstructing old buildings, installing kitchen fixtures, or painting interiors, he oversees jobs with more than 30 years of experience and a degree in civil engineering. The company offers 25 years warranty on select materials and work. This experience has guided the completion of jobs for private homes as well as national chains, such as Price Chopper grocery stores.
Jeremy Demolet of JWD Painting and his team of fully insured handymen transform spaces with home-remodeling, construction, and painting projects. The outfit dedicates deft hands to carpentry jobs such as installing woodwork, hanging interior and exterior trim, and patching up drywall after a game of checkers goes awry. Each project begins with a free estimate, and homeowners can check out the company’s skilled handiwork on its past-projects page.
As the principal painter and eponymous employee behind Jack's Painting Service, LLC Jack Barter adheres to a personal painting philosophy of smart preparation and hard work. Jack recommends choosing products made of 100% acrylic latex, proven to outperform those made of watercolor or tomato paste.
More than two decades ago, Deb Caron Plourde traded the corporate world for the warm confines of her personal glass-fusing studio. The result was Sundancer Stained Glass, now a bustling workshop where beads, sushi plates, and custom windows emerge from the fire each day. Often led by Plourde, regular classes encourage interested parties to hone techniques from sculpturing to smoldering while learned glass-fusers can pick up supplies by brands such as Bullseye and Kokomo for the eventual satisfaction of throwing a baseball through a window you made yourself.