Clark's Tool & Equipment opened in the 1970s as a discount tool shop, but when Don Gamble took the helm, he swapped out the supply of inexpensive outlet supplies to feature quality, American-made tools. Since then, the single shop has blossomed into four retail stores and a 15,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with a full line of brands such as SK Hand Tools, Ingersoll Rand, and Eagle Industries. The emporium of tools is an authorized supplier to industry students and teachers with a strong clientele in the rail, trucking, and manufacturing sectors.
Clark's catalog of tools and accessories includes hand tools, electric tools, and abrasives that summon the steady hands and keen eyes of everyone from industrial veterans to DIY enthusiasts. Safety equipment, tool accessories, and compressors are available to round out every toolbox with the appropriate fixings. Expert technicians also sharpen dulled blades, saws, and gardening tools and bring damaged or broken power tools back to life with skilled repair services.
Founded by Ken Euston in 1971, Euston Hardware's old-fashioned legacy continues under the helm of Ken's son. Kevin, who has since grown the shops into three locations, keeps the shelves packed with more than 65,000 items for homes, landscaping, and automobiles. Experts chat with customers to help them to tackle projects from changing a car's oil to painting their house solid green so it can be replaced with a CGI castle. Home-improvement tools, which include items for the kitchen and bath, keep domiciles functioning at their best. The friendly staff can also guide green thumbs to lawn and garden supplies or help them select the right locks and outdoor equipment to keep their tools from escaping and impersonating the local robocop.
A swarm of sock-footed kids climb up inflatable steps to reach the top of a rainbow-colored slide, sliding down in an orderly fashion before bouncing off and running back for another go. At Jumping Jax, children can safely expend energy with abandon, playing in air-filled structures that cushion them when they fall or work together to stage a production of the Icarus myth. The play arena sports a multitude of attractions including a bounce house with a Twister-board floor and two low-hanging ziplines.
Mani Pedi Me's trained technicians don't perform facials. They don't cut hair, and they don't do waxing. Instead, they focus 100% of their beautification prowess on improving the appearance of clients' hands and feet. While guests relax in one of the studio's cozy massage chairs, the staff pretties up appendages with basic mani-pedis, nail art, and acrylic applications. The crew also often makes use of Shellac polish, which dries quickly under UV-lights and remains chip-free for up to 14 days so long as recipients can avoid scratch-and-sniff chalkboards.
Once a small chain of Chicago-area hardware stores, Ace Hardware has evolved into a global franchise of more than 4,600 stores across 50 states and in more than 70 countries. Despite that span, if not for the brand’s distinguished name, customers might feel like each Ace was truly its own unique entity. While each storefront carries many of the same popular items, each location is independent, allowing storeowners from New York City to the family-owned-and-operated Olathe, Kansas location to offer goods tailored to the community’s needs. The inventory always includes a wide range of products, from trashcans to appliances and tools to complete tasks in the kitchen, garden, conservatory, ballroom, or billiard room of any home. Typically, patrons perusing the aisles will stumble upon well-known brand names, such as Black & Decker, Craftsman, and Stanley.
The gas gurus at Grain Valley Rental replenish depleted propane tanks with quick, efficient refill service, in addition to renting out an array of construction and lawn equipment. Visitors can bring in their empty gas canisters for one of Grain Valley's friendly staffers to top up with fresh C3H8, before they're fastened back into grills and rocket-powered roller skates to fuel summertime recreation.