2018 Stihl Hardware All Star — Canaan Hardware & Supply (New Hampshire)

All Star variety in Vermont and New Hampshire

State by state, meet the 2018 class of Stihl Hardware All Stars.

BY HBSDealer Staff

It takes a little more to be a Stihl Hardware All Star.

Each year, HBSDealer solicits nominations from readers and the industry for Hardware All Stars.

And each year, we’re rewarded with a fresh class of high-performing, community-minded, service-oriented businesses worthy of the honor.

During the course of our research, we’ve met dealers who take risks, inspire staff and lift communities — or have what we call the All Star spirit.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Stihl Hardware All Star honorees. Here’s two stars worth gazing at:

New Hampshire
Canaan Hardware & Supply

Robin Parker, the fourth generation to run Canaan Hardware & Supply, doesn’t like turning customers away. Her mantra has led to expanding product selection, including the maple sugaring, canning supplies, sporting goods, and hunting and fishing departments. When a local glass shop recently closed, Canaan Hardware took the service on and became the go-to place. “If a customer is already in the door, I want to help them the best I can,” Parker said. “If I can keep them coming here, versus somewhere else, I will do it.”

Johnson Hardware & Rental

Sales growth. Check. Community involvement. Check. Taking risks and reaping the rewards. Check. These are the All Star virtues of owner Alan Lehouiller and his team in Johnson. What started as a 1,000-sq.-ft. milk parlor has expanded into a remarkable retail enterprise. With more than 25,000 sq. ft. of showroom and another 20,000 sq. ft. of outbuildings, Johnson’s serves homeowners, contractors, ski resorts, hotels, sugar makers, towns and families. A remarkable retail enterprise.

See the full Class of 2018 Hardware All Stars — presented by Stihl — in the May issue of HBSDealer magazine.


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