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Speller’s True Value Invests in the Community

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Click the image above to view a full PDF. Casting the Right Spell Since the 1960s, the east side of Waterloo, Iowa, hasn’t seen very much economic activity other than restaurants and convenience stores. Allen Speller and his father, Wendell, ... Read More »

Retired Industry Veteran Jim Gray Dies

Gray

James P. “Jim” Gray, longtime employee of the North American Retail Hardware Association, the American Hardware Manufacturers Association and other industry groups, died Dec. 13 in Indianapolis.  He was 76 years old. Gray was born Jan. 2, 1941, in Springfield, ... Read More »

Arizona Sisters Put Family in Family Business

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Sisters Julie Buchkowski and Tricia Dauwalder-Luna have a special bond. Not only are they best friends, but even as they have built families of their own, they have remained as close as ever by working together in their family business, ... Read More »

D.C. Hardware and Bike Business Moves Location, Introduces Cafe Concept

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In Washington, D.C., one of people’s favorite modes of transportation is biking. When this excitement for biking really kicked into gear in the 1970s, District Hardware and Bike decided to hop on the craze, becoming a hardware and bike shop. The business ... Read More »

Longtime NRHA Editor Ellen Hackney Dies at 79

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Ellen E. Hackney, former editor and director of communications for the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA), died Oct. 7 in her hometown of Indianapolis. She was 79. After receiving her degree from Indiana University, Hackney joined NRHA, which at the ... Read More »

Cottin’s Hardware Uses Scarecrows for Community Fundraiser

Cottin’s Hardware

Cottin’s Hardware & Rental in Lawrence, Kansas, starts the fall season off each year with a scarecrow building contest to raise money for local schools. Several years ago, a customer approached store owner Linda Cottin with the idea. “Our customer ... Read More »

10 Lessons to Learn About Business Consultants

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. When 10th Street Hardware owners Steve DeShong and Troy Usnik were making plans to open a second store in Philadelphia, a friend recommended using a business consultant to help them manage the ... Read More »

After 10 Years, 10th Street Hardware Looks to New Beginnings

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Melanie Moul mmoul@nrha.org 10th Street and Beyond As someone who only recently became a part of the independent home improvement industry, Steve DeShong had heard a lot of stories ... Read More »