The Hills True Value family calls upon more than 38 years of home-improvement expertise to provide customers with the proper tools and services for residential projects and regular upkeep. While exploring the menagerie of homecare necessities, customers can become inspired to tackle lawn and garden projects or get started on indoor renovations for the kitchen and bathroom. Patrons may also enlist help from the knowledgeable staffers, who can perform common maintenance services such as sharpening chainsaws, cutting keys, or memory-wiping protocol droids.
Since 1947, Mid-City Supply Co.’s friendly staffers have helped avid home improvers to outfit their digs in premium products. Nowadays, the experienced showroom staff displays much smarter fixtures, from faucets that turn on with the tap of a hand to eco-friendly water heaters powered by domesticated dragons. Though technology has changed, the company keeps quality high, stocking name brands such as Delta, American Standard, Toto, Gerber, Brizo, and Elkay. Customers can check out items in person at one of six showrooms in two states. To give back to the communities that helped them to grow, the company regularly donates to United Way.
Gordmans restocks bureaus and residential nooks with an expansive inventory of name-brand merchandise discounted below department store prices, including team apparel and seasonal decorations. Flaunt support for a collegiate club by sliding arm branches through an Illinois color-block polo ($24.99). Fans can also don a pair of Chicago Bears lounge pants ($19.99), ideal for relaxing while watching the game or ripping off to expose Mike Ditka knee tattoos. Artistic wall art festoons vacant environs in colorful creations, such as canvases coated in tones of still-life wine ($24.99) and scenic vistas ($29.99+). Alternatively, a harvest of men's and women's fragrances allows shoppers to uncork new scents for seasonal parties, class reunions, and heated negotiations with the shopping-mall Santa Claus.
Seven-time winner of the South Bend Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Award, Mattress Warehouse stocks more than 1,000 name-brand mattresses, offering an array of innerspring, memory-foam, latex, and adjustable beds from manufacturers such as Serta, International Bedding, Sleep Logic, and Scandinavian. Sheep-counting customers can dive into recurring barnyard dreams resting atop twin mattress sets (starting at $199), Queen Memory Foam pillowtop sets (starting at $599), and Serta Perfect Day queen sets (starting at $1,499).
Backyards' locally made gifts and décor items enliven exterior and interior spaces, with many recyclable and green pieces such as woodenwares harvested from sustainable forests. Assorted merchandise displays an eclectic mix of modern and retro styles as it mingles on the showroom floor, with birdhouses ($19.99), freezable wine-bottle coolers ($9.99), and eco-friendly throw rugs made from candy-bar wrappers ($29.99) sharing style tips and ideas for transforming a gazebo into an avian nightclub. Outdoor furniture, including Napa fire pots ($15.99) and metal retro-style chairs ($69.99), populates backyards and patios, and miniature gardening accessories such as small-scale benches and chairs ($4–$7) bring mini gardens to life so that ambitious chihuahuas have something to guard.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.