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.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
The professional painters and maintenance crew of House Doctors remedy domicile ailments with a panoply of handyman services. Chromatic commandos arrive armed with brushes and protective cloth to coat all bland vertical surfaces of a room up to 12 x15’. Customers must provide their own paint, purchase Sherwin-Williams paint from House Doctors ($45/gal.), or hire neighborhood kids with paintball guns to create a shrine to Jackson Pollock. This Groupon includes a recoloring of walls, although ceilings ($125), trim, frames, and baseboards may be added for an additional fee. Upon completion, clients sign off by speaking with a customer-support rep to ensure that they are as satisfied as a grizzly bear adorning his paws in salmon lures.
Hardware by Design, Inc. invites shoppers to peruse its 2,800-square-foot show room of copper sinks, decorative towel bars, cabinet hardware, and door hardware. Knowledgeable hardware designers can help homeowners make decorative decisions with house walk-throughs, and the store also offers free estimates. Plumbing fixtures from Mico Designs and California Faucets add touches of fashion and function to showers and baths, and vanities and sinks from Thompson Traders and Rocky Mountain Hardware turn everyday teeth brushing into luxurious ivory massaging. Locksets and knobs from top industry brands such as Ashley Norton, Nobilus, Bravura, and Top Knobs transform lackluster doors and kitchen cabinets into practical works of art.
With its friendly, knowledgeable staff and a panoply of home-improvement tools and services, Tomchek Ace Hardware ensures handypersons have the gear to grapple with home repairs and DIY projects. Prospective renovators can pick up an Ames True Temper seven-in-one planter buddy, a multipurpose garden tool for troweling, cutting, weeding, and transplanting seedlings ($16.99). Sunwax outdoor furniture wax with UV protection seals up and confers gloss to lackluster adirondacks ($9.49), and an Ace six-piece precision screwdriver set tightens screws on door hinges ($15.49). Adjust leaking pipes and assist Professor Plum in the study with an adjustable crescent wrench ($13.49–$94.99), or revive devices with Duracell AA rechargeable batteries ($12.99). Tomchek Ace Hardware's list of services, ranging from key duplication to custom paint colors, as well as the company's willingness to special-order any product, make the shop a place houses dream about during existential crises.
Seasoned painter Russ Wright and his crew always protect clients' furniture with plastic sheets and drop cloths before applying paint, taking pains to leave homes exactly as they found them. The team's staining, power-washing, and exterior painting services beautify building exteriors or gussy up chameleons who've lost their groove.