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.
Furnishing all manner of domicile since 1967, Hennen Furniture equips consumers and their crash pads with name brand furniture, mattresses, and rugs while employing a staff that emanates comprehensive customer service. Add texture to fabric-free floors with a series of 5 x 8 area rugs ($99 each); release laps from the burdens of books and computers with oak sofa servers ($49), portable, tray-topped tables; or rekindle the joys of non-lethal tilt-a-whirling with oak backless swivel counter stools ($99). In addition to their expansive selection of house-convalescing contrivances, Hennen’s offers an array of helpful services, such as complimentary in-home design consulting to ensure that customers create a symbiotic relationship between their space and set pieces.
Becker Furniture World boasts three table-stocked wonderlands with locations in Becker, St. Cloud (Waite Park), and Blaine, as well as a new location opening in Burnsville on Friday. The flagship branch in Becker consists of nearly 300,000 square feet, on-site restaurant, kids play area with complimentary supervision on weekends, and customers can peruse a vast selection of wares from brands such as Sealy, Simmons, Broyhill, Kincaid, Lane, Natuzzi, Rowe, and Stanley. Avoid the hardships associated with training a dog to stay still as you sit on its back by securing a new comfy sofa or dreamy mattress. Area rugs not only boost the ambiance in a domicile, but they also provide an out-of-sight space to sweep unloved Pog collections.
Mudd Lake Furniture is a rustic barn brimming with eclectic, sophisticated furniture. Owner and former NFL football player Bob Kratch hand-selects quality furnishings, lighting, artwork and home goods from reputable suppliers that purchase goods in India, Europe, Atlantis, Asia, and local flea markets. Dress up a room with a Victorian frame ($60), find forgotten isles or isthmuses on a vintage globe ($99), and or make space for medium sized draft table ($75) ideal for drawing or holding multiple ice-cold draughts. Mudd Lake Furniture is open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment.
Fall is in the air at Minnetonka Orchards, where a corn maze is just the beginning of the autumnal adventures that await kids and families. After navigating the twists and turns of the maze, guests can wander through the apple orchard to pick a fresh juicy globe or marvel at how weird bugs look. Visitors can also shop for jams, apples, and other farm fare at the barn, or go on a leisurely stroll on one of the walking trails. Kids' entertainment comes by way of the climbable hay mountain, the corn crib slide, and barnyard friends including goats, sheep, and bunnies.
Every year, 101 Market opens its fields to share fall fun with other area families. The centerpiece of the fall festival is the harvest corn maze, where this year's design pays homage to the Minnesota's hunting and fishing seasons. After navigating the twisting stalks visitors can explore other farm-themed attractions such as the animal train, corn cannon, cock-a-doodle-zoo, and new jumping pillow.
Families who want to bring the fall-themed fun home can browse 101 Market's wide selection of pumpkins and mums, along with cornstalks and straw bales for decorating yards and houses for the season. Kids and parents can also chomp down on locally grown apples, squash, and potatoes, along with other in-season produce.