Hardware Retailing

OCT 2017

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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HARDWARE RETAILING | October 2017 66 Home Improvement Businesses to Visit 10 10 D o you ever go on vacation and feel the need to see the local hardware store in the town you're visiting? While some people may not understand this urge, the staff at the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) shares your interest and does the same thing! Hardware Retailing chose 10 interesting and unique stores in the U.S. and Canada to add to your hardware bucket list. If your store isn't on this list and you think it should be, let us know. Contact profiles editor Renee Changnon at rchangnon@nrha.org or 317-275-9442 so we can sing your praises as well. Placerville Hardware Placerville, California In the 1800s, thousands of people migrated to California in hopes of striking gold, and Placerville Hardware was there to meet those fortune-finders' needs. The clientele has changed since its early years, but the original wooden floors, sliding ladders and slotted wooden counters, which were used to accept gold dust as payment, are a living example of Wild West history. Visitors often stop in to learn the history of the business, which is considered the oldest hardware store west of the Mississippi. Hartville Hardware & Lumber Hartville, Ohio This family-owned and -operated business is considered the largest independent hardware store in the U.S., featuring more than seven acres of retail space. The business sells hardware and gifts and even has a one-of-a-kind 1,850-square-foot Idea House inside the Kitchen & Bath Design Center. The Idea House features a variety of kitchen and bath inspiration pieces. In addition to the home center, the business operates a collectibles shop, a full-service restaurant and a marketplace and flea market on the premises. Cannon Beach Hardware and Public House Cannon Beach, Oregon Cannon Beach Hardware and Public House is a little different than many home improvement stores—it also features an on-site bar and restaurant. The business opened in 2010, offering a combination of beer on tap and tools at the ready, inspiring the knickname "The Screw and Brew." The owner got the idea from a combination hardware store and pub in Ireland, called Foxy John's Pub. The staff does double duty in the business, either serving drinks and appetizers or helping a customer find an item. 1 3 2

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