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Spring into Home Repair


As the seasons change and the sun melts back the last of the drifts of snow, more than the promise of springtime is revealed. Months of heavy winter have left behind a mucky garden, salt-damaged driveway, sagging gutters and other seasonal hazards.

The rapidly warming weather makes the perfect time for homeowners to go outdoors and tidy up their homes, making the transition between seasons. Fortunately, the local Matteson Ace Hardware has all the tools and products needed to transform any home from a barren winter wasteland into a bright and well kept oasis, as well as a helpful and knowledgeable staff who can help any home repair amateur succeed in even the loftiest of projects.

The first thing to check is the roof—a winter of heavy snow and ice may have left depressed or damaged shingles, and gutters should be freed of any debris. Ace carries a line of products, from leak stopping roof patches to gutter screens, to maintain proper roof care.


The receding snow leaves in its wake a mucky mess, and the garden stark and barren. During the springtime, the season of rebirth, visit Matteson Ace Hardware, specialists in lawn and garden maintenance and restoration. Spring is the time to prepare the soil, and Ace offers a wide range of products, including lawn and plant fertilizer and soil test kits. In order for a seed to grow, it must be planted in soil that is ready to receive it.

Matteson Ace Hardware has everything needed to make any yard a springtime paradise, and the know-how to make any home improvement project a success. Visit any of their stores located in Morris, Diamond or Minooka and begin your springtime project today.

Home improvement experts are ready to assist including Brian and Susanne Cash from The Wall Store, a full service paint & home décor store, located in Morris.

Shop Local a great concept and easy execution when you’re in Grundy County!

From the national chains to locally-owned independent retailers, our area offers a variety of shopping experiences sure to fit anyone’s taste and budget. Whether your interest is in that perfect decoration for your home, finding a unique gift for that special someone, there are great choices throughout the county.


Antique and collectible seekers are in luck with the number of shops that cater to these treasure seekers. Items include local memorabilia, furniture, glassware, tools and household goods. For the avid reader, local book stores offer a broad collection of new and used books representing thousands of titles for all ages. In the realm of fashion and jewelry, area shops provide everything from the vintage to the contemporary, the casual to the formal. Many have been family-owned and in business for years.

Hand made items, unique gifts, convenience stores and eclectic displays are situated between charming caféés, ethnic eateries and traditional restaurants. Retailers participate in local events including Fairs and Festivals, Trick or Treat, Holiday House Walks and Parades.

Through their shop local program, the Grundy County Chamber offers Gift Certificates that are redeemable at over 400 places including many of the shops and restaurants.

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Dorothy Harper