In Purcellville, Va., a store struggles through tragedy
In September of 2010, Nichols Hardware owners Ted and Karen Nichols died in a car accident, leaving the future of their classic Purcellville, Va., hardware store in doubt.
The Purcellville, Va.-based store is a classic piece of Americana, and the subject of a documentary called, “Nichols: The Last Hardware Store. According to Sarah Huntington, CEO of Lincoln Studios, which is produced the film, the goal is to share with audiences the sights and sounds of a business that has changed very little in the last 95 years.
“When you go into Nichols Hardware, you feel like you’ve entered a Norman Rockwell painting,” said Huntington, who lives locally and has been shopping at Nichols for about 20 years. “It’s the way the staff congregates at the counter, they way they know your name. It really is like heading back in time.”
Following the tragic accident, Ted’s 80-year-old uncle Ken Nichols took over running the business. A recent Washington Post feature article asks: "Can anything save Nichols Hardware?"
Stolen handguns recovered by hardware store
Two suspects have been arrested in a hardware store burglary in which several semiautomatic handguns were stolen, according to the Daily Telegram.
The Do it Best Hardware store at 325 Railroad St. was hit early in the morning Friday, when the suspects allegedly forced their way into the back of the store and cut the chain to the security gate protecting the guns, according to the article. All the guns were recovered. Authorities did not say how many guns were involved.
New Jersey store gets serious about outdoors
The Warrenville Paint and Hardware opened a new outdoor display area, where construction supplies have been supplanted by plants and outdoor living merchandise, according to the Warren Patch.
The hardware store will host an official grand opening celebration of the new department May 6-8, featuring foot, giveaways, coupons and product demonstrations.
Warrenville Hardware and Paint’s Grill Zone has also been expanded as part of the store’s makeover.