2018 Stihl Hardware All Star — Ace Hardware of Ahoskie (North Carolina)
HARDWARE STORES

Best practices in North Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia

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 three stars worth gazing at:


North Carolina
Ace Hardware of Ahoskie

Giving back to the Ahoskie community is a passion for owner and “cool boss” Jamie Johnson and his staff, who host Halloween events for more than 1,000 area children, conduct blood drives and donate to local food pantries, in addition to numerous in-store events. This 2013 “Coolest” Store on the Planet winner is known for its substantial paint department and large selection of outdoor furniture, which is conveniently located on the store’s front porch. But that’s not all. Ahoskie offers a range of services including glass repair, automotive chip key cutting and UPS shipping.


Kentucky
Fairview Farm Center

Originally from Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, Jonathan Nolt had family in the area and was familiar with the region. “My hope was that there was a need for a business like this,” Nolt said. “And there was — it’s been way beyond our expectations.” Fairview Farm Center in Pembroke opened in 2011, serving a customer base that includes 70% farmers, 20% DIY homeowners and 10% contractors, particularly in the excavation industry. “We like to have on hand what the customer needs,” Nolt said. “Whether it’s a seal kit for a hydraulic cylinder, power tools or a hose for farm equipment.”


West Virginia
CSC Home and Hardware

Founded in 1991, Pete Scott saw a need for gypsum distribution in the market and went to work. Originally a two-man operation, Scott would sell building materials during the day and would make deliveries once his son Matt got home from school. Money from each sale was poured directly back into the business. Today CSC Home and Hardware in Morgantown is a full-line building materials dealer that blends together materials for pros and DIY projects, including hardware, paint, gypsum, electrical and plumbing supplies.

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

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