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.
Tank Goodness was born of a homemade cookie recipe concocted by Anne and Dennis Tank. Today, their cookie empire has expanded throughout the Midwest and as far as California and Georgia, but their recipe's homestyle sweetness remains the same. Baked fresh daily, the cookies are delivered to their destinations warm and ready-to-eat.
The Orchid Bug helps spruce up terraces and gardens with a robust inventory of orchids, green plants, and growing supplies. Stationed at the front of the shop, a large window sends sunlight splashing across thriving displays of flora. Visitors snaking around those displays can indulge their budding curiosity by quizzing owner Denise Kirchmayer, or by participating in one of the store's classes. For a general overview of orchids and their culture, Orchids 101 fertilizes the minds of new and seasoned collectors alike, and more in-depth sessions, such as Orchids 102, explores the natural habitats of specific genera and why water is better than Tabasco sauce for sustaining a plant's life. Hands-on gatherings, such as Plug at the Bug, guide students through the planting process.
Whether guests need to dance or kids have to bounce, Fox Cities Party Rental's got it covered—either literally, with one of its spacious tents, or figuratively, with a dance floor or bounce house. These soiree specialists can handle myriad party settings, from garden weddings to beachside festivals. Depending on the event, clients can rent traditional decor elements such as elegant white china or opt for more whimsical touches, including snow-cone machines and cotton-candy makers.
Green Cut Lawns was founded by the father-and-son team of Phillip and Brent Quirk, the latter of whom currently oversees the business. Among their hundreds of clients are multi-national companies who enlist the company or its technicians' meticulous landscape maintenance services. They offer many treatments that all serve the same goal—to keep lawns looking trimmed and manicured so they can add aesthetic beauty to the home. These services include mowing, fertilizer and weed control, landscape bed maintenance, and core aeration. They work on both residential and commercial lawns, and also offer seasonal services such as spring clean-ups and holiday light installations.
For more than four decades, Weed Man's licensed and trained lawn-beautifying experts have tended to local lawns with custom blends of fertilizer, environmentally sound pest-control solutions, and knowledge gleaned from both living and working in the community. Created exclusively for Weed Man, the technicians' slow-release granular fertilizer nurtures lawns over a period of several weeks, and seeding and aeration promote continued green growth. Patrons can go online to seek advice for local lawn problems, such as seasonal troubles, gardening trends, and the astrological signs of various plants.