The 2021 class of STIHL Hardware Store All Stars represent community-oriented, customer-focused, high-performance hardware-and-building-supply retailing at its finest. From each of the fifty United States, HBSDealer recognized an All Star performer.
You can read about all 50 honorees here in the digital issue of HBSDealer. Additionally, HBSDealer.com will highlight a handful of honorees each week, working our way from Alabama to Wyoming. Here, the All Star showcase continues with three more from Connecticut, Delaware and D.C.
Chatfield Power Equipment
“Don’t get boxed in by the big guys—Chatfield’s is here to help.” That’s been the company mantra for more than 50 years. This True Value retailer will service everything, not just what it sells. Its extensive line of power equipment has earned Chatfield’s the distinction of being named a Scag Pro-Gold dealer as well as a Stihl Elite dealer.
When general manager Steven Lehukey noticed that some of the flags being flown in the community were frayed, he decided to make amends. And so began the Forever Flag program. The June 14 event encourages customers to bring their tattered flags to the store for disposal and receive a 15% off coupon for a new flag. “I just wanted to bring a little attention to the flag,” Lehukey said.
District of Columbia
In 2020, Frager’s Ace Hardware in Washington,D.C., celebrated its 100th anniversary. The Capitol Hill hardware store (The Capitol Building is within eyesight) is part of the A Few Cool Hardware Stores family in and around Washington, D.C. To honor its centennial, owners Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman threw an All-Star-worthy celebration: each month the store raised money for local non-profits and publicized a local small business.