Dec. 4 , 2006

It's more than a tool store

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Tools and More of Cokato is now open for business just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Located along Highway 12 in the former Countryside Furniture building just outside of Cokato, Tools and More is just that . . . “Tools and a lot more,” as owner Craig Dalaska of Annandale says.

The store offers tools (from the smallest to the largest), household items, seasonal, collectible knives, hardware, grandfather clocks, lamps and more.

The variety store has a little bit of everything, says wife and part owner Ruth Dalaska.

“You just have to come and check us out,” she said.

Tools and More even has mini four-wheelers from 50cc to 110cc. One of the features is an alarm and a safety control for parents to use so if their kids are getting out of hand, the parents can push a button and it will shut the engine off, Dalaska explained.

Other unique items include wooden grandfather clocks, toys, and 6x9 rugs for $39.

Dalaska wanted to start his own business in hopes of getting of the road. Dalaska is currently a truck driver and his wife is a retire nurses aide.

The couple had shopped around for an available site. This building was not only the right size, but available.

“It was the right size for what we needed and Cokato is a nice little town,” Ruth said.

Craig is in it for the long haul. “I wanna be here until I retire,” he said.

The couple has heard comments about the new store in town. Many have commented on the good selection and clean store.

A person doesn’t have to travel far to get reasonable Christmas gifts. Tools and More has specials on decorative touch lamps for $19.95 and LED flash lights for $3.

“They make great stocking stuffers,” Craig said. Since they opened the day after Thanksgiving, they have sold nearly a dozen, he said.

Tools and More is open seven days a week. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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