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Iowa Couple Follows Dreams and Reopens Akron Lumber Company

Akron Lumber Company

Taking a leap of faith can be a big risk, but when you’re chasing your dreams, it’s worth it, say Joe and Leah Van Walbeek. The couple reopened Akron Lumber Co. in Akron, Iowa, this past May. Over the weekend, …

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Illinois Lumber Company’s a-Maze-ing Journey

Maze Lumber

When Peter Loveland heads to work, he knows he’s walking in the footsteps of family members who came before him. Loveland is the fifth generation to manage his family’s home improvement business, Maze Lumber. Founded in Peru, Illinois, in 1848 …

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Maine Retail Operation Focuses on Family and Community

Maine

When customers arrive at Oak Hill Hardware in Scarborough, Maine, they know they’ll be greeted with a smile and a wagging tail. Black Lab mix Rivet is a local celebrity, sought out by children and adults who drop in sometimes …

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Milwaukee Family Business Keeps the Past Alive With Museum Exhibit

Milwaukee

Imagine having the ability to travel more than a century back in time. While there, you’re able to walk the streets of the city you call home and explore what it was like at the end of the 19th century. …

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Highlighting Independent Retailers Along the Mississippi River

Mississippi River

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org On the Road Again Hitting the open road and embarking on a journey is something you have to do at least once in your lifetime. Whether …

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New York Hardware and Outdoor Business Grows Customer Loyalty

New York Hardware

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org Bucking Tradition Growing up in Croghan, New York, Jake Buckingham enjoyed spending time outside, especially if it meant he was hunting, fishing or camping. During high …

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Mother-Daughter Duo Talks Revitalizing Neighborhoods, ‘Good Bones’ TV Show

Good Bones

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org Opening Doors, New and Old When Indianapolis native Mina Starsiak Hawk graduated from Indiana University in 2007, she was ready to begin her career and build …

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A 360-Degree View of Menards

Menards

To view the complete PDF of this story, click here. By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org, Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org, Melanie Moul, mmoul@nrha.org and Todd Taber, ttaber@nrha.org Menards is a big-box enigma in the U.S. home improvement industry. Older than Home Depot and smaller than both Home Depot …

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