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Help Customers With These Memorial Day Projects

Memorial Day isn’t just a day of remembrance and the unofficial start of the summer. It’s a well-known weekend for outdoor events, IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and, most importantly to independent retailers, home projects. Whether it’s sprucing up an entertainment space ... Read More »

Outdoor Living Ideas for 2019

Outdoor living trends are evolving along with consumers, and independent hardware retailers must respond with updated product selections and styles to keep pace. From new furniture options to the latest in outdoor cooking appliances, the modern outdoor space is more ... Read More »

The Value of Public Gardens and How Your Business Can Give Back

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In many communities throughout the U.S., there are bastions of preservation, from community parks to certified historical sites. No matter their form, these places require care from experts and support from their local communities to continue operating. Sometimes, caretakers are ... Read More »

Plumbing With the Pros

Hardware Retailing editor Chad Husted learns how to diagnose a faulty water heater and what kinds of skills homeowners should have when taking on plumbing projects. For tips on attracting plumbing professionals to your store, visit here. Watch the video ... Read More »

Sink Into Inventory and Services to Attract Plumbing Pros

Independent retailers put great emphasis on providing fantastic customer service. When done correctly, this focus on making every customer feel welcome can yield great dividends across the spectrum of DIYers and pro plumbing customers. There’s a reason we all crave ... Read More »

How 3 Retailers Find and Sell Unique Categories

Gourmet foods, local gifts, unique home goods, custom cabinets, firearms, live bait, microbrew beer, even frozen pizzas— there’s no shortage of variety alongside the core hardware categories at Solon Springs Mercantile. Owners Meg and Ken Thoreson have built up a ... Read More »

Retailers Share Niche Categories

Niche categories can add excitement to your business, and most retailers are always on the lookout for a new category to try. In the 2019 May issue of Hardware Retailing, three retailers offered their insights into how they’ve created successful ... Read More »

3 Ways Retailers Can Help Customers Make the Most of Spring

Homeowners across North America are getting ready to reclaim their lawns and outdoor spaces from winter’s wrath, and independent home improvement centers will play a key role in helping them this spring. From providing nutrition for grass and plants to ... Read More »