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.
The hibernation experts at Mattress & Futon Shoppe help foster deep sleep with cushions from top brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Corsicana. Well-versed in all forms of sleep habits, the store employees are happy to expound on the finer points of each mattress they keep in stock, which range from traditional innerspring beds to high-tech gel memory-foam mattresses. If your new mattress doesn't feel right or already has a family of monsters sleeping under it, Mattress & Futon Shoppe has a 100-day Don't Worry Sleep Happy comfort warranty, and you can return the unwanted item to one of 13 convenient locations.
With more than 3,000 products in stock and learned clerks, Organic America infuses would-be green thumbs with the supplies and skills to bolster indoor and outdoor gardens. The staff, which includes professional farmers and retired Swamp Things, educates clientele with seminars and in-store conversation. Weekly workshops detail the essential techniques necessary for successful organic or hydroponic harvests, including crop rotation and biological pest control. Behind the store's low-slung façade, verdant displays show the life cycle of healthy plants as they mature from seeds to flowers and eventually to parade floats.
The business may be named Right On Time Services, but it's really about saving clients time. Founder LaJuan Whitlow began her personal concierge service to help people focus less on errands and more on their friends and family. In that spirit, the company's vast array of services fall into one of three categories: personal, corporate, and moving. Personal services include everything from running errands to home organization, and corporate services take the form of personal assistants who can help make phone calls and arrange sticky notes and schedules. Moving services can be customized for each client, whether they require a simple loading and unloading of boxes or a full move with packing, cleaning, and intrastate transportation.
If it's better for the earth, then it's also better for you. So goes this way of thinking at Breathe Green, where the staff uses products that are strictly nontoxic and bio-degradable. Transporting these products to homes and businesses, teams spritz natural sprays and soaps over every surface, leaving spaces sparkling without the harmful effects of harsh chemicals or dirty looks from yard-dwelling creatures. Residential packages range from thorough once-overs to deep cleans that include full scrub-downs of kitchen appliances?inside and out?as well as steam-cleaning floors, testing the air quality, and washing the walls.
Every year at Ann Arbor Fest, Catching Fireflies founders Steve and April paused from manning their paper-arts booth to admire the folksy paintings of local artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. When they finally saved up enough to purchase their favorite piece, “Catching Fireflies,” it led to a flash of inspiration: a shop dedicated to showcasing similarly whimsical artwork and supporting local artists.
Now, Catching Fireflies’ inventory spans the spectrum, from leather-bound journals and wall art to children’s toys, and has been lauded in Rochester-Rochester Hills Patch. Once customers have honed in on wares, staff can gift-wrap them free of charge, thereby eliminating the need to conceal them behind Groucho glasses.