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Lumberyard Becomes a Destination for Unique Projects

Shapard Lumberyard

Tim Owens, a craftsman on staff, has shifted his responsibilities so he can focus entirely on custom woodcutting and making furniture, including tables, bookshelves and fireplace mantles. “Lumber and building materials have risen drastically in price, so customers are looking …

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Overcoming the Odds

Charlston Austin and Warren Pegram

Charlston Austin and Warren Pegram knew their plan to open their first store in April 2020 and then four other locations in successive years was ambitious, but their new business launch was much different than they expected. The owners of …

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Foster Farrar Co. Has Served Customers During More Than 220 Years of U.S. History

Foster Farrar

George Washington was still president when Foster Farrar Co. opened in 1796, just prior to John Adams taking office as the nation’s second president. The business started out selling blacksmith supplies near its current location in Northampton, Massachusetts. Today, it …

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Mark’s Ace Organizes Project to Help Homeless

Mark's Ace Hardware

Mark’s Ace Hardware, which has three stores in Tucson, Arizona, has donated supplies to help the local homeless population for three years, but the community’s support grew significantly in 2020. General manager Camille Gibson wanted the stores to help people …

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NHPA Board Members Started as Outstanding Young Retailers

NHPA board

Before becoming members of the North American Hardware and Paint Association (NHPA) board of directors, the following four retailers were developing notable careers in the industry and getting recognized for their accomplishments. Jackie Sacks of Round Top Mercantile in Texas …

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Jack’s Country Store Has Thrived During 135 Years of U.S. History

Tom Downer at Jack's Country Store

Jack’s Country Store began operating in 1885 as part of a deal its founder, J.A. Morehead, made with the owner of a stagecoach line, which used the beach as a roadway, according to Jack’s president Tom Downer. Morehead originally opened …

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New York Retailer Thrives With Passionate Employees, Unique Product Mix

Hatchet Hardware

The Grasso brothers, Giovanni and Angelo, worked alongside their father Angelo Grasso Sr. in the family business, AG Hardware and Paint in Brooklyn, New York, for 30 years. That experience laid the foundation for them to eventually successfully own and …

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Meet NHPA Chairman Dan Harris

NHPA Chairman Dan Harris

Dan Harris has accomplished a tremendous amount in the independent home improvement industry for a man who sought a hardware store job just to work his way through college. Decades later, Harris now oversees two thriving retail businesses and is …

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