Best Of 2014

Best Indie Hardware Store in the Suburbs: Gilbert’s Pro Hardware; 21912 Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores; 586-776-9532;

Blair Gilbert, the owner of Gilbert’s Pro Hardware, really knows his hardware. After all, they don’t call him Mr. Hardware for nothing. He’s a third-generation hardware man and has tripled the size of Gilbert’s hardware since taking ownership. The shop sells all kinds of hardware, from nails and screws to heavy-duty tools and everything in between, Gilbert’s hardware will likely have the hardware you’re looking for, but it doesn’t stop there. Mr. Hardware has a YouTube channel in which he shows even the less-than-handy homeowner how to fix and maintain his possessions in layman’s terms. If the homeowner still can’t figure out the repair, he will direct them to a contractor who can.