A membership-only retail warehouse with over 600 locations across the country, Sam's Club is able to offer substantial discounts on an array of brand-name products. Sam's Club members often find something surprising in club—with values on anything from designer jewelry to USDA grade A meats to fresh produce. The incredible savings carry through all departments, as a trip through a typical Sam's Club reveals home decor, electronics, and pet supplies. In other aisles, associates hand out samples of featured food items. In-club pharmacies and optical centers fill discounted medications and fit members with eyewear, while a tire and battery center also boasts members-only discounts. Sam's Club gas stations offer fuel savings, and the club's MasterCard has no annual fee and members can earn $300 a year just for filling up.*
One of the country’s largest independent paint dealers, Spectrum Paint furnishes contractors, Fortune 500 companies, and homeowners with a vast variety of paints, stains, and specialty wall coatings from respected brands. A gallon of pastel PPG Pittsburgh Paints WallHide Ceramic ($24.28) decks nursery walls in stain-resistant hues, and 1-inch FrogTape ($7.97) protects windowsills with the music of hundreds of croaking amphibians. A wistful 2.5-inch AllPro Mako poly/nylon paintbrush ($7.97) dreams of the day it will dip its bristles into the nearby PPG Pittsburgh Paints sample quarts ($6.79). The absorbent AllPro 3/4-inch Gold Pro roller cover ($5.69) ensures the even, universal application of paint to walls, cabinets, or reprints of the Mona Lisa. The shop's staff provides excellent service, aiding customers in product selection and answering questions.
Superior Rents' owners, Dan and Steve Wohnoutka, trace the genesis of their business back to their own childhoods spent on a modestly equipped farm. With an appreciation for how proper tools and equipment can make projects run smoother, they decided to stock three locations with plumbing, construction, and lawn-care equipment for homeowners and contractors to rent on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Their online catalog hosts a roster of rental equipment, from power drills for household projects to forklifts for hanging Do Not Disturb signs on asteroids. Customers can arrange for equipment to be delivered to their work site or drop by one of three locations—including a newly opened site in Springfield—to pick up gear.
Since 1987, General Rental Center has matched do-it-yourselfers with the correct rental products and equipment to complete an array of projects. Rentable wares from the company’s vast catalogue assist their operators with digging trenches, demolishing walls, and surveying land. At General Rental, customers can also rent necessities for weddings and corporate events from the eventful rental showroom.
Guglielmo Marconi successfully transmits the first radio wave across the English Channel. On the other side of the pond, in Missouri, Nixa Hardware & Seed Co is founded. The year is 1899. Since that auspicious beginning more than a century ago, the hardware store company has grown to "7 acres of savings," and throughout its history, its expansive wholesale collection of plants, fertilizers, soils, and tools has equipped avid gardeners and professional farmers throughout southwest Missouri. Today, nursery workers and plant experts shepherd visitors through pallets of specially concocted livestock feed and bags of carefully formulated fertilizer, while horticulturalists on Nixa's research farm develop tried-and-true plant and grass varieties proven to thrive in local climates. Though the staff is proud of its bulk garden seeds and mulch, a selection of go-karts and generators proves that the company has evolved since its 19th-century origins. The team even purveys renewable-energy biomass furnaces that can keep costs low and household operations sustainable.
Like burying yourself neck-deep in lush planting soil, visits to the bustling agricultural center can evoke a strong, heartwarming connection with the land, with friendly staff members working hand-in-hand with clients to pick out the perfect seed, beekeeping gear, newly hatched chicks, or lawn-care equipment.
A Helping Hand’s team of handymen specialize in all manner of home improvement and maintenance work. If homeowners need a fence built, they can do that, as well as repair the sheetrock, fix the plumbing, and ensure all electrical lines are running properly. They also offer free estimates and give senior citizens and veterans discounts on services.