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.
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 fully insured professionals at Garlatti Landscaping Inc. groom residential grounds year-round, tackling overgrowth by cutting and aerating lawns, applying organic fertilizer, and cleaning up leaves. Landscaping teams can also plant trees and shrubs, install water features, construct charming vistas, and erect Romanesque coliseums for hosting garden-gnome gladiator fights. Before projects, Landscape Ontario–certified designer Sasha Hunter builds digital blueprints that allow for glimpses of the finished job prior to installation. See a gallery of Garlatti landscapes here.
Worldwide Mattress Outlet cuts the frills and clutter out of buying mattresses, giving customers a price-reduced shopping experience. An Extensive collection of mattresses, kept in their shipping bags, fills a dressed-down warehouse free of gussied up floor models and mannequins modelling footie pajamas. With no elaborate furniture or mock bedrooms to take up floor space, the outlet can maintain a stock of more than 1,200 mattresses, including those of custom sizes. While non-bed furniture may be barred from the premises, the warehouse is home to a staff of experienced mattress associates who happily help customers find their ideal sleep pad.
LaSalle Landscape Supply arose from the landscaping business of Dan Garlatti, a landscaper who sought to expand his business from taking care of homeowners' trees to also providing them. The 9-acre tree farm he and his crew have lovingly brought up now boasts dozens of species and more than 2,000 trees. Making the process of choosing a tree simpler for customers, Dan created a mud-free display area to give each variety of shade and ornamental evergreen its own spot to be easily viewed. Alternatively, guests can venture out into the field to choose a specific tree with the help of a professional, who can find homeowners a worthy match for their property. True to its origins, the tree farm and supply company also offers its long-honed landscaping services. In addition to seasonal yard cleanups and tree removal, the staff regularly makes house calls to help buyers plant or relocate a tree or talk an adolescent tree out of getting a trunk piercing.