Stars shine in Wisconsin and Wyoming

It takes a little more to be an All-Star.

That’s one of the guiding principles of the Stihl Hardware All-Star selection committee. The idea, from the beginning of the program 9 years ago, has been to find one store from each of the 50 states that is worthy of the All-Star label.

Customer service is just the beginning of the criteria. Community service, innovation, employee satisfaction, and store design all play a role.

Earlier this year, HBSDealer published the annual All Star issue. Check it out here.

And below, two more high-performing retailers round out HBSDealer’s digital highlights of the class of 2019.

• Village Ace Hardware
Glendale, Wis.
As second-generation hardware men, the Meinecke brothers (Jim, Mike and Mark) grew up in the business following in their parents’ footsteps. “Our parents, Jim and Margaret Meinecke, made us learn every aspect of the business, literally starting in the basement and working up,” Jim Meinecke said. This hardware store is serious about selling paint, and in years past has sold more paint than any other Benjamin Moore dealer in Wisconsin. Village now has a stand-alone store, Village Paint & Design, a model akin to a hardware store inside a paint store.

• A.D. Martin Lumber
Riverton, Wyo.
A.D. Martin has come a long way from the days when it sold horse-drawn farm equipment. A.D. Martin has added a truss division that features state of the art programs for component design such as Truswal Systems software that creates trusses in multiple configurations. As Riverton’s oldest lumber yard, A.D. Martin has long-standing relationships with redwood mills, and boasts of offering the lowest prices in the state on 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 common redwood decking.  “We’ll also deliver it to your front door,” owner John Martin said.

Editors are already planning ahead for the 2020 10-year All Star Anniversary issue. If you’ve seen all-star performance, let us know at [email protected].