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 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.
For more than a century, the family-owned Barrow Greenhouse has been harvesting a bounty to pair with green-thumbed caretakers. Half a dozen family members join the friendly, knowledgeable staff, helping visitors navigate more than 200 varieties of potted annuals and perennials, more than 5,000 hanging baskets, and containers blossoming with floral mixes ready to brighten patios or add a warm ambiance to basement dungeons. The greenhouse grows 95% of the plants that they sell and invites guests to browse foliage year-round, letting them picking up mums in autumn, poinsettias in winter, and flowering bulbs to screw into lamps come springtime.
For almost 60 years, family-owned Black Diamond, Inc. has plucked a bouquet of well-versed horticulturists to grow and tend its vast glassed-in fields of flowers, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. Having known many of Black Diamond, Inc.’s plants since their tender, botanic infancy, its greenery gurus pride themselves on being able to go beyond cursory recommendations to in-depth discussions of plants and how each interacts with fertilizers, soil, insecticides, and their ilk. Take home the recurrent colors of perennial flowers ($2.99–$11.99) such as the bloomerang—a repeat-blooming lilac that makes for better lawn fixtures than repeat-capsizing lilacs—or other low-maintenance, color-exuding favorites such as the knockout shrub rose or endless summer hydrangea. Annuals ($1.19–$29.99) provide summer-long flowerage with such pedal-wielders as the rocket mix snapdragon or shade-loving impatiens in accent watermelon. Vegetables ($0.89–$11.99) fill hunger voids and double as props during choreographed food fights in the form of roma tomatoes or black beauty eggplants, and shrubs ($9.99–$79.99) and a huge inventory of trees ($69.99–$299.99) serve up too-large-for-serving-platters of shade and yard ornamentation.
Glass City Flowers' creative design team hand arranges vibrant blossoms with lush foliage to create stunning rose bouquets. At the break of dawn, fresh premium roses handpicked by the growers' pet bumblebees arrive on Glass City's doorstep. Floral artists inspect, cut, and condition each bud to ensure it lives a long, healthy life. Sweet aromas waft from vibrant red, spiraled petals, tickling the nostrils of a Valentine's Day sweetheart or a pair of Groucho Marx glasses. Bouquets can be picked up between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday–Saturday.
Frame's Pest Control is a 3rd generation family owned and operated business that was founded in 1972 by Shorty & Mary Ellen Frame. We service over 20 communities in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan with customized pest management systems.
Ace Appliance's repairmen think in sevens and twos. They keep themselves available to clients seven days a week, even during evening hours, to ensure they can service malfunctioning household appliances whenever they break down. When scheduling service visits, they give clients a two-hour window for their arrival, saving homeowners the hassle of staying home all day or teaching the dog to sign work orders. But while Ace Appliance's technicians keep sevens and twos in high regard, their stock and sales associates focus on a different number; five million––referring to the five million parts they always have in stock for a variety of appliances, makes, and models.