The DeRonne family continues its seven decades of hardware heritage by stocking life-simplifying hardware and home goods in the largest of the DeRonne True Value Hardware stores. Overcome childhood fears of the Canadian flag to eradicate autumn leaves and spruce-up down-spruced lawns with the help of a Green Thumb 24-inch rake ($9.49), 3-pound bag of fall-mix grass seed ($9.49), or weed and feed fertilizer ($10 for 5,000 sq. ft. of coverage). A Master Tradesman 8'x10' multipurpose tarp shelters moisture-sensitive goods from the elements ($8.99), and the shop's selection of Michigan-made products, such as Carhartt clothes, helps support and promote in-state manufacturers.
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.
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.
Robert P. Tolnai and his crew of insured and trained workers use their expertise to perform handy services, restoring the insides and outsides of homes to their original beauty. Inside, they go beyond standard room painting by repairing plaster and matching textures, and on the outside, they glaze windows, replace wood, and finish decks, all of which they guarantee to meet their clients’ satisfaction.
The certified team at All Weather Restoration specializes in home-damage repairs, whether the source of the damage was an unexpected fire or a frisky pet. The company’s 24-hour hotline connects clients with immediate assistance for home emergencies, such as damage caused by floods and hurricanes. Meanwhile, their truck-mounted air-duct cleaner draws pollen, dust, and other allergens from home air systems, and flooring services range from lifting pet odors off carpets to replacing old floors with new hammocks.
The licensed-and-insured techs at Pro Home Improvement meticulously buttress homes against Mother Nature's wrath with high-quality home-maintenance services that employ local supplies when possible. When they aren't layering walls with siding to defend against hot summers, cold winters, and constantly scheming autumns, their CertainTeed-certified master shingle applicators defend roofs against environmental onslaughts with shingle-plated armor. Their aluminum gutters channel water away from homes, and techs employ cellulose, tripolymer, and spray-foam insulation to reduce energy costs or turn homes into giant thermoses.