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Hardware Operations Shine on Annual Road Trip

By Renee Changnon, rchangnon@nrha.org A Taste of Independence As an independent retailer, you most likely strive to patronize other local businesses in your community. From quirky coffee shops to independent book stores, it’s important to support independent establishments. When you ... Read More »

Why You Need to Buy Into Buying Local

buy-local

As the buy-local movement sweeps the country, communities across the U.S. have seen a resurgence in record stores, independent bookstores and unique coffee shops. In the home improvement industry, this resurgence affects communities on an even more intimate level. Retailers ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Barbecue and Small Business Make Lasting Impressions

small businesses

Last week, I was invited to join the team from Independent We Stand on the Great American Red, White and Q Road Trip as a representative for the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). Over the span of a week, ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: There’s No Place Like Kansas City

Kansas City

After wrapping up Day 4 in St. Louis for Independent We Stand‘s Great American Red, White and Q Road Trip, our group was ready to make our way to the last stop of the five-day trip: Kansas City, Missouri. Day ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Family and Community Unite in St. Louis

St. Louis

After wrapping up Day 3 in Memphis, our team had already met many inspiring small business owners through the Great American Red, White and Q Road Trip, but we were eager to see what St. Louis would have to offer ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Memphis Independents Embrace Growth

Memphis independents

At the midpoint of the Independent We Stand Great American Red, White and Q Road Trip, our group was ready to continue the journey from Day 2 in Nashville to our third location: Memphis, Tennessee. What made this visit so ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Nashville Businesses Focus on Community

nashville

After a completing Day 1 of the Great American Red, White and Q Road Trip, the Independent We Stand team and I settled in our hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, for one more night before journeying on to Nashville, Tennessee. We ... Read More »

Hit the Road With Renee: Asheville Highlights Artists and Entrepreneurs

Asheville

“On the road again!” Those lyrics have never been more accurate as I embark upon another road trip visiting independent hardware stores and other local businesses diversifying communities across the U.S. My name is Renee Changnon and I’m the retail ... Read More »