Store owner considers restaurant play
Fuller’s Home & Hardware, an Ace dealer in Hinsdale, Ill., is not your typical hardware store. Located in an historic corner building on a picturesque main street downtown, most of the ground floor is a classic neighborhood hardware store.
The second floor — known as "The Second Floor" — is an upscale home decor and kitchen products specialty store.
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the store’s owners are considering swapping out the Second Floor, and replacing it with a sports bar and restaurant called "Fullersburg Grill and Spirits."
The home decor and kitchen products business is struggling, the newspaper reported. And the restaurant could help save the hardware store from closing.
Fuller’s Home & Hardware is a 2012 Home Channel News Hardware Store All-Star selection for Illinois.
The store’s owner, Doug Fuller, is seeking an extension of liquor sales for the proposed restaurant, which would be walled off from the hardware store, according to the newspaper report.
The proposal is being considered by Hinsdale officials.
Deck Demon demolishes decks
Las Vegas — Necessity is the mother of invention.
Jon Nolle is a contractor who needed to take down a deck and fast. His solution: a two-pronged demolition bar that fits over the joist and provides the mechanical advantage to pry up the boards on decks.
Nolle was demonstrating his invention – the Deck Demon – here at the National Hardware Show in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The head of the tool fits over single or double joists. And both prongs of the product
The Deck Demon is a product of Angel-Guard Products.
“The head is wide enough to fit over the boards, but its narrow enough to maintain its strength,” Nolle said.
Both prongs of the red demo tool are designed to remove nails, too. The product weighs about 11 pounds.
High honors for Golden Hammer winners
Las Vegas — home improvement vendors were selected as Golden Hammer Committee Choice winners during the Golden Hammer Awards Ceremony here during the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.
The Committee Choice winners were selected by a retail-and-distributor panel from the pool of 31 Golden Hammer Award winners.
The five Committee Choice winners for 2013 are:
New Product Innovation: 3M
Inventory Management: Leviton
Serving the Pros: DeWalt
Category Management: Scotts
Quality Control: Valspar
The 2013 Golden Hammer Awards ceremony recognized home improvement suppliers in 31 categories during a Wednesday morning ceremony.
The awards were based on an electronic survey of retailers and distributors conducted earlier this year. Retailers and distributors were asked to select one vendor per category that exemplifies excellence through their commitment to category management, inventory Management, new product innovation, and quality control.
The 2013 Retail Committee consisted of the following executives:
Brett Hammers, Orgill senior VP marketing and Merchandising
Mike Clark – VP and chief merchandising officer, True Value
Steve Markley, VP of merchandising Do it Best
George Smith, CEO Westlake Ace Hardware
Ken Goodgame, General merchandise manager for Ace Hardware.
Mickey Schulte vice president of Purchasing & Marketing, Handy Hardware Wholesale.