Hardware Retailing

MAR 2018

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 | March 2018 76 Dustin Wilkins Rocking R Ace Hardware Harrisonburg, Virginia Dustin Wilkins is the assistant store manager at Rocking R Ace Hardware in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He holds a biannual power tool tent sale that includes his major power tool vendors, a customer appreciation dinner and crowds of mostly pro customers. For the past three years, Wilkins has also helped organize a ladies' night around Christmastime. The event has grown in popularity and includes door prizes, how-to demonstrations and food cooked fresh on the grill. He also gets participation from other local businesses. Jason and Danica Huddleston Woydziak Do it Best Hardware Lyons, Kansas The signature event at Woydziak Do it Best Hardware in Lyons, Kansas, is a children's safety day. Owners Jason and Danica Huddleston, who have four children, hold the Safety Day at city hall across the street from the store. With the assistance of local law enforcement, children create free IDs and discuss important topics such as not talking to strangers and bullying. A couple of years ago, the Huddlestons also agreed to pay for and organize the town's annual Christmas parade when the city could no longer fund it. Mike Unterreiner Hartman Hardware Shawnee, Kansas Nearly 13 years ago, Mike Unterreiner, owner of Hartman Hardware in Shawnee, Kansas, wanted to create a way for members of the community to show off their classic cars. He put his organizing skills to work, and today, the Wheels & Dreams Car, Truck and Bike show draws more than 350 cars and 3,000 car enthusiasts. Unterreiner gets a permit from the city to shut down the street in front of his store and gets sponsors from nearly all the downtown businesses. It has become a big boost to local commerce. Meet the Retailers

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