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Hardware Store Caters to Bicycle Enthusiasts

Highland Hardware

With some fine-tuning and (literal) elbow grease, Highland Hardware & Bike Shop evolved from a mom-and-pop shop into the full-service hardware store and bike shop it is today. The business opened in 1946 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and was originally called …

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Engaging With Young Entrepreneurs

Tecumseh Home Hardware

Sitting in the front of the parking lot of Tecumseh Home Hardware Building Center Store in Tecumseh, Ontario, is a hot dog stand that offers an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to test out the waters of owning a small business. …

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Nikiski Hardware Paves the Way as a Community Hub

Nikiski Hardware

Nikiski, Alaska, is one of those towns that is quintessentially Alaskan, and while the town is home to just 4,316 residents and has no stoplights, it is a thriving community with deep roots. One family has been a part of …

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Hardware Manager Hosts In-Store Art Classes

Jon Wisthoff's art class at Williston Ace Hardware & Flooring

An artist and painter, Jon Wisthoff is the store manager at Williston Ace Hardware & Flooring and wanted the residents of Williston, North Dakota, to have a local place to purchase art supplies. So, he added the niche category and …

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An Appreciative Customer Has Sandwich Named After Retailer

The Hage sandwich

Randy Hageman was just doing what he does best—offering fantastic customer service—when his commitment to helping a customer led to a local sandwich being named after him. Hageman is the general manager of A&M Home Center in Bowling Green, Virginia, …

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A Roadmap for the Automotive Category

Scotty's True Value storefront

There are numerous niche categories to invest in to differentiate your business or fill a need in your community. Automotive is one such category that can bring your operation closer to being a one-stop shop and enhance your ability to …

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Curtis Lumber Hosts Pet Adoption Event

A man holding a puppy

For 12 years, Curtis Lumber, which has 23 locations in New York and Vermont, has hosted PetAPalooza, an adoption event that has placed over 5,000 pets into loving homes since it began. Along with cats and dogs, the event finds …

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New NHPA Chairman Jake Smith Listens to Lead

Jake Smith

Taking a tour of Jared’s Ace Hardware with Jake Smith as the tour guide is a little like a small-town mayor leading a parade down Main Street. Around every corner is another community member with a greeting or a question, …

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