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.
At Nuts and Bolts Hardware, the official STIHL outdoor power-equipment dealer, a friendly staff of handyfolk and hardware experts help clients patch-up pipes, cut glass, or select power tools for an upcoming DIY project. For jobs that need an expert's eye, the shop keeps a handful of technicians who repair small engines, sharpen kitchen knives, and cut keys as guests enjoy complimentary popcorn and coffee.
Ace Hardware’s DIY-savvy staff help home painters find all the gear and paint they need in one stop. Ace’s paint department stocks the setup and clean-up gear needed to transform a monochromatic storage closet into a kaleidoscopic smoking room. Guests can peruse the myriad colors and textures of Clark and Kensington and Benjamin Moore interior and exterior paints, saving time with Clark and Kensington's paint-and-primer ($25.99+) combo or opting for the popular Benjamin Moore flat ($38.99) and eggshell-finish ($44.99) wall coatings.
James McGuffey, owner of Alamo Door & Awning, built his business on a simple guarantee: he promises customer satisfaction with his newly installed or repaired garage doors, garage-door openers, and extendable awnings, or he doesn't charge for the service. To deliver on such a pledge, he maintains a team of top-notch technicians and a stock of most of the hardware needed for any job. He even sells the hardware piecemeal to those who want to attempt repairs on their own, providing helpful advice and tips for such do-it-yourself projects on his website.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.