August 13, 2014

Gina Schaefer, CEO of nine-store, D.C.-area Ace chain A Few Cool Hardware Stores, was recognized recently as a top female CEO during the SmartCEO Brava! Awards.

Schaefer was among 32 women (of 200 applicants) recognized by Washington SmartCEO Media during the July 30 ceremony.

Schaefer has been at the helm of the Ace chain since opening her first hardware store in 2003. Today, she sits on the Ace Hardware Corporate Board and is the board president for Think Local First D.C., a board vice chair for House of Ruth and a member of the Advisory Board for Jubilee Jobs.

May 1, 2014

The continuing debate over the minimum wage law is one that disproportionately affects retailers.

April 9, 2014

HCN's recent article about the continuing minimum wage debate struck a cord amongst its readership.

Readers weighed in from both sides of the aisle, advocating for "business-friendly" alternatives to hiking the federal wage requirement as well as testifying to the positive, revenue-boosting impact of paying employees a living wage.

Here they are below.

April 7, 2014

The continuing debate over the minimum wage law is one that disproportionately affects retailers. That doesn't mean all retailers see it the same way.

Leadeing the charge against federal raises is the National Retail Federation. The advocacy group has published statement after statement urging Congress to stand down to the push for higher wages.

June 27, 2013

Ace dealer A Few Cool Hardware Stores is gearing up for the second season of its Made in D.C. program with high expectations for incremental success. According to store owner Gina Schaefer, the "shop local" ethic was well-received before, and she expects and encourages copycats to keep the momentum rolling.

June 26, 2013

On the heels of its successful first season, A Few Cool Hardware Stores will be launching the second installment of its Made in D.C. program, which is expanding to the co-op's four Maryland locations as a separate program called Made in Maryland.

The Ace Hardware dealer initially developed the program in response to demand for locally sourced products. In partnership with Think Local First D.C., owners Marc Friedman and Gina Schaefer beta launched the program in April 2013 to help support the local economy and encourage creative entrepreneurship in the D.C. area.

June 27, 2012

Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman, owners of five Ace Hardware stores in the Washington, D.C., area, will open their sixth unit in the Woodley Park area, according to an article in the Washington Business Journal.

May 28, 2012

For the second year in a row, HCN has compiled a state-by-state list of high performers, innovative retailers and classic stores. It’s called the 2012 Home Chanel News Hardware Store All-Star list. Strong customer service is the common thread for all 50 retailers. From there, community involvement, company history, great products and interesting niches set these businesses apart from the competition. 

May 4, 2012

Last year, the original 50 Home Channel News Hardware Store All-Star honorees established a high bar and a hard act to follow. But the 2012 crop rises to the challenge. This year’s Hardware Store All-Stars, one from each of the 50 U.S. states, have at least one thing in common: Ask them what makes them special and you can bet they’ll include “excellent customer service” in the answer. From there, every path to stardom is unique.

May 18, 2011

Described as the industry's "most successful and innovative independent retailers," the Top Gun retailers this year hail from Texas, Oregon, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts.

Organized by the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and Hardware Retailing magazine, the 2011 Top Guns are: 

• Tony Brookhouse, representing Koopman Lumber Co. in Massachusetts;

• Cally Coleman Fromme, representing Zarsky Lumber in Texas; 

September 7, 2008

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June 3, 2008

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