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‘Tis the Season to Shop at Woodstock Hardware

The staff at Woodstock Hardware doesn’t want its customers to forget about the store during the holidays. And what better way to help them remember than by offering a holiday catalog full of store products that would be perfect in ... Read More »

Oh Baby! Retailer Launches Unique Boutique

Most consumers head online or to toy stores when they’re looking for gifts for babies or toddlers. But the residents of Dubuque, Iowa, go to Steve’s Ace. It might seem a little odd to go to a hardware store for ... Read More »

Remodeling Business Conditions Growing

Current and future remodeling business conditions continue to show growth, according to National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) third-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data. Quarter-over-quarter increases are evident in nearly all sub-components measuring remodeling activity. Entering into the holiday ... Read More »

True Value Reports Growth in Third Quarter

True Value reported revenue of $346.5 million, an increase of 2.0 percent or $6.9 million from $339.6 million a year ago. The company attributes the growth to its growing Destination True Value (DTV) retail footprint and increased wholesale sales; the ... Read More »

Rental on the Rise: How One Store Owner Built His Business

Recently, Brian Buswell, owner of All American Do it Center, talked with a contractor who wanted to buy an auger. The cost for the auger and bit would be about $1,500—a prohibitive price tag for a piece of equipment the ... Read More »

Retail Sales Up in September

Retail sales increased 0.6 percent seasonally adjusted from last month, and 3.8 percent unadjusted year-over-year, according to the National Retail Federation. Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers stores’ sales also increased 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted. “Retailers witnessed a solid ... Read More »

Busy Beaver Bids Farewell to Filmeck, Welcomes New CEO

Frank Filmeck, longtime CEO of the Busy Beaver Building Centers chain, resigned from the company late last month. Joseph Kallen, a local business entrepreneur, will serve as the company’s new CEO. Busy Beaver Building Centers was founded in 1962 in ... Read More »

Home Improvement Spending Expected to Slow Down by Mid-2014

The home remodeling market continues to grow, with strong gains predicted through the beginning of 2014, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) recently released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. ... Read More »