Spencer's Hardware Farm & Garden Center earned the Small Business of the Year Award from the Marion (N.C.) Business Association.
According to an article in The McDowell News, owner Nancy Spencer, 60, said she was surprised to receive the award.
A statement from the Marion Business Association reads: "Having been an active member of the community since 1983, Spencer's Hardware has become a local fixture. Nancy has been fully involved with running the store since the beginning. All three children were raised in the store from the time they were babies."
The store has been serving customers for 28 years and has been a member of Do it Best Corp. since 1991.