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.
After 95 years of business, Crown City Hardware has established itself as a beacon of high-quality hardware goods, offering more than 100,000 items and cultivating professional relationships with more than 600 suppliers. Perusing the general department preps homeowners for everyday household projects with Gorilla Glue Super Glue ($3.69), paintbrushes ($0.39+), and WD-40 ($7.79). Meanwhile, the builders' section at the store's back counter houses a host of popular reproductions and exclusive restoration hardware, including solid forged brass handrail brackets ($33.99), which offers stair-climbers support and stability, and Jeffersonian rain gauges ($189.99), which can measure the rainfall in backyards or the number of tears you’ve cried since Firefly was cancelled.
Alan's Lawnmower & Garden Center has supplied local landscapers and homeowners with gardening tools and power equipment for more than 39 years. The shop brims with lawn-mower parts, weed whackers, shovels, and gnome traps from brands such as Billy Goat, Kohler, Honda, and Kawasaki. The onsite repair shop oozes experience with technicians who are able to tune up or repair power tools in about three days or less. They also offer financing programs for customers who need higher-end equipment to tackle trickier jobs or to chop down backyard money trees.
Until the day comes that all humans walk on robotic stilts, it will be important to keep floors, and feet, as clean as possible. That's where A&E Cleaning Solution comes in. Owners Angel and Oscar Andrade are more than just father and son, they're an expert team with more than 20 years of shared experience. Clients can solicit the duo for a tile or wood-floor cleaning, or request detailed house cleaning services on a one-time or routine basis.
Founded and led by Dr. Sam Bakhtiar—a bodybuilding champion with both a master's and doctorate degree in fitness—Fitness Concepts houses an enthusiastic team of trainers dedicated to helping clients tone up within a 10,000-square-foot facility with rows of free weights and clusters of exercise machines. During specific programs, such as one-on-one personal-training sessions, they’ll help fit seekers target their personal goals, whether that’s strengthening their core, shaping up before a wedding, or conditioning for a sport.
Fitness Concepts' programs include dynamic boot-camp classes, which burn calories and strengthen bodies with ever-changing workouts and encouragement from invested trainers. Each facet of Fitness Concepts is designed to banish fat, break through fitness barriers, and help members feel more confident than Michael Jordan during his visit to Munchkin Land.