HCN 2013 Hardware Store ALL-STARS
Bart and Diana Tyler, proprieters of Kelloggs & Lawrence in Katonah, N.Y., and DeWayne Tripp, owner of Hinton (Okla.) Hardware joined an elite crowd in 2013: HCN Hardware Store All-Stars. Their stores made the list, along with 48 other worthy retailers, one from each state.
Now in its third year, the HCN All-Star project recognizes hardware stores that are outstanding in their field. They don’t have to be the biggest, or even the most profitable. But they must display an All-Star sense for customer service and business acumen.
To those who nominated stores, the editors thank you. To those who made the list, congratulations. And to those who believe they deserve to be recognized as All-Stars, tell us about it — and we’ll see you next year.
✭ Alabama: Dixie Pro Hardware, Montgomery, Ala.
✭ Alaska: Anchorage True Value Hardware, Anchorage
✭ Arizona: Havasu Do it Best Hardware, Lake Havasu City
✭ Arkansas: Hilltop Ace Hardware, Little Rock
✭ California: Pete’s Ace Hardware, Castro Valley
✭ Colorado: Joseph’s Do it Best Hardware, Fort Collins
✭ Connecticut: Hemlock Hardware, Fairfield
✭ Delaware: Fairfax Hardware, Wilmington
✭ Florida: Halls Ace Hardware & Lumber, Milton
✭ Georgia: Intown Ace Hardware, Decatur
✭ Hawaii: Lahaina Ace Hardware, Lahaina
✭ Idaho: D&B Supply, multiple locations
✭ Idaho: Selkirk Ace Hardware, Oldtown
✭ Illinois: Tonnies Hardware and Rental, Albers
✭ Iowa: Marcus Lumber Company, Marcus
✭ Kansas: Newton’s True Value Hardware, Independence
✭ Kentucky: Congleton Brothers Pro Home Center, Beattyville
✭ Louisiana: Budget Build Home Center True Value, Ferriday
✭ Maine: Ames True Value Hardware & Supply, Wiscasset
✭ Maryland: Dunkirk Do it Best Hardware & Home Center, Dunkirk
✭ Massachusetts: Baskin’s True Value, South Yarmouth
✭ Michigan: ACO Hardware, multiple locations
✭ Minnesota: Frattalones Ace Hardware, Minneapolis
✭ Mississippi: Complete Home Center, Hernando
✭ Missouri: Oak Hill Hardware & Paint Company, St. Louis
✭ Montana: Montana Ace-Trempers, Missoula
✭ Nebraska: C&L Hardware, Ashland
✭ Nevada: Home Hardware and Variety, Boulder City
✭ New Hampshire: Goffstown Ace Hardware, Goffstown
✭ New Jersey: McGrath’s Paint and Hardware, multiple locations
✭ New Mexico: Harts Home Center, Moriarty
✭ New York: Kelloggs & Lawrence Do it Best, Katonah
✭ North Carolina: Zoller Hardware, Cashiers
✭ North Dakota: Stockmen’s Supply, West Fargo
✭ Ohio: Applegate Pro Hardware, Georgetown
✭ Oklahoma: Hinton True Value Hardware, Hinton
✭ Oregon: Parkrose Hardware, Portland
✭ Pennsylvania: Bomberger’s Store, Lititz
✭ Rhode Island: Wyoming Do it Best Hardware, Wyoming
✭ South Carolina: Tri-County Ace, Seneca
✭ South Dakota: Runnings, multiple locations
✭ Tennessee: Ace Hardware of Chattanooga
✭ Texas: Guadalupe Lumber Co., San Antonio
✭ Utah: Sol Foods, Hardware and Camping, Springdale
✭ Vermont: J&H Hardware Do it Best, Bellows Falls
✭ Virginia: Randy’s Do it Best Hardware (multiple locations)
✭ Washington: Island Do it Best Home Center and Lumber, Vashon
✭ West Virginia: Boltz Hardware, Garden Center & General Store, Martinsburg
✭ Wisconsin: Watson Ace Hardware, Lake Mills
✭ Wyoming: Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply, multiple locations
Cleveland hardware store goes out in a big way
A neighborhood fixture is shutting its doors in Cleveland, but not before donating its entire inventory to the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.
Rudy Rosales, the 74-year-old owner of Rudy’s Hardware in Cleveland’s Slavic Village, is making sure his retirement isn’t wasted on the community at large.
According to Cleveland.com, the 10,000-sq.-ft. store has been serving the neighborhood with hard-to-find products and a generous spirit for 54 years. Now, its stock will go toward all manner of causes, including the fixing up of nearby homes and the stocking of Habitat’s construction warehouse. Some will also be sold at Habitat’s nearby output ReStore, where the proceeds go toward building more homes.
Rosales has been ruling the roost since he bought the store in his early 20s. He had spent some time in the Army and was hoping to leave his desk job for an opportunity to open a hardware store. Luckily, his friend knew someone for him to talk to.
Even though he started with nothing — he had to mortgage his family’s house to buy the store — the business was soon up and running, thanks in large part to the contractors who were in the midst of building high-rise office buildings in the 60s and 70s.
It was only when his business partner Norm Farr decided to retire this year that Rosales decided to close the book on this chapter.
His post-retirement plans? He plans to volunteer to deliver meals to senior citizens or drive them to doctor’s appointments.
Boston Globe supports the local hardware store
An editorial in the Boston Globe lamented the loss of a local hardware store, and at the same time praised the virtues of all surviving stores in an age of Amazon.com and the big box.
The article, “Hardware stores: Barometer of civic health,” appeared in the May 10 newspaper.
Hamilton Hardware in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood closed in April after 92 years in business.
According to the editorial: “the convenience and knowledge offered by corner stores are crucial urban amenities.”
Read the article here.