6432 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-875-0838; detroithardwareco.com
How they pack everything you'd need for a home project into this cozy store is a mystery. How they find the right fittings so quickly is another. And if they don't have it, they'll tell you where you can get it; they're that honest. It all began when Albert Green started working here in 1926, right out of high school. He was joined by Jack Hocking in the 1930s. In the 1950s, the two teamed up and bought the business. Green's daughter, Emily Webster, still works here. And that family-run charm extends to the kind service. The small parking lot in the back doesn't hurt, either.