BEST HARDWARE STORE Minneapolis 2001 - Seven Corners
We were tempted to give Seven Corners "Best Day Trip." A person could kill an entire afternoon in this super-size emporium, crammed floor to ceiling with every power tool, plumbing fixture, and lighting accessory known to man: leaning towers of WD-40, nail bins three feet deep, a whole wall of gleaming snow shovels. The selection of hammers alone would overwhelm most neighborhood hardware stores (we recommend the 24-ounce "Death Stick"). And gazing at Seven Corners' second floor--which is crowded with table saws, drill presses, belt sanders, and other dangerous contraptions we've yet to identify--fills us with deep feelings of inadequacy. It's almost enough to make us purchase a copy of Do-It-Yourself Homebuilding and dust off our work boots. Need a new "Danger: Hazardous Materials" sign for your bathroom? Seven Corners is your place. How about a handicapped-parking stencil set? Or a giant orange construction cone? And don't forget to pick up a copy of the store's tool catalog, complete with a 48-page ladder section.