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Get Ready for Fire Safety Month

Fire Prevention Week is coming soon. Do you have a plan for how you’ll use the week to promote fire safety? The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) organizes Fire Prevention Week as part of its ongoing campaign to educate the public …

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Butterfly Enthusiasts Flutter Into Hood’s

The travels of a monarch butterfly are not easy. Using multiple spawnings along the way, the small, colorful creatures move across North America, heading north in the warm months before returning to Mexico for winter. Given the difficult journey they …

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Illinois Store Showcases Its Past

store showcases its history

When customers walk in to Schauer’s Hardware, one unexpected turn can lead them to learning about the store’s history. The Forest Park, Illinois, business has a second floor of wooden balconies overlooking the downstairs area, which owner Richard Schauer says …

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Mural Draws Attention to Store and Community

metter mural

For a long time, the building behind Trapnell-Tomlinson Co. in Metter, Georgia, had just a blank wall on the east end that could easily be seen from a major thoroughfare for the community. Owner Pernal Franklin has long envisioned having …

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Facebook Live Videos Leave Consumers Hungry for More

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Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. When Gerrod Brasseux decided to own and operate a hardware store, he knew he wanted to offer a well-developed grilling category. As a former educator, Brasseux naturally took to teaching …

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Craft Night Promotes Store’s Offerings

Holding a DIY craft workshop is an effective way to get customers together and promote your store’s categories. Michelle Schefter, owner of Langdon Hardware in Langdon, North Dakota, finds it’s also an opportunity to support other local businesses. Earlier this …

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Staff Members Find Creative Way to Commemorate Anniversary Sale

Customers visiting Keim Lumber in Charm, Ohio, during the store’s recent anniversary sale saw a stunning sight as soon as they walked in the door. In the store’s lobby hung a large chandelier made of more than 1,700 paper flowers, …

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Store Commissions Painting to Commemorate Grand Opening

The first day a store is open for business means a lot of emotions and questions for an owner, including excitement, trepidation, pride and the always-present inner voice asking, “Will anyone show up?” So, when a plan comes together like …

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