Beginning in 1931... by thewatersphotos

Beginning in 1931...

This family owned hardware store has continued in the downtown area. It is very "old school", but offers most of what you would expect from a hardware store.
I wanted to show there are people in town so I waited for this gentleman to walk in (that's his truck in front). I'm across the street but as he walks to the door, the man inside welcomes him with, "Good morning Mr. Jones, how are you today? What are you going to need today?". Customer service is still alive and well in this town!
Old hardware stores are fascinating to me. There are few places that sell nails, gum, dog dishes, air fresheners, weed eater string, rakes, and braided rope and smell like old, slightly moldy, wooden floors. Thanks for reminded us that customer service is still a value.
August 10th, 2020  
How long did you have to wait? :-)
August 10th, 2020  
This warms my heart to see good old fashioned service. Quite rare these days where I live. A lovely old building too.
August 10th, 2020  
Love old hardware shops, this is a lot bigger than my childhood memories, and the customer service was next to none. Nice to know you still have it!
August 10th, 2020  
Great story
August 10th, 2020  
What a wonderful shop & the life blood of a town. We have one exactly the same in our village, must take a photo & show you. It’s not as handsome as yours here but sells everything you could ever need. Proper customer service too...it priceless!
August 10th, 2020  
I think any hardware store you go to nowadays is going to have been around for a good long while. It’s a treat to go into an old store like that!
August 11th, 2020  
Wonderful to see. My brother just built a house in a small town and ordered all the supplies through the local Ace Hardware.
August 11th, 2020  
My husband's family was in the hardware store business from the late 1800's until 1966 when his father died and they sold the business. The old stores are fascinating places.
August 11th, 2020  
Oh this warms my heart I could spend hours in a hardware store just letting my imagination think what I could create with all nuts bolts etc.
August 11th, 2020  
A warm building and healthy business. Good to see.
August 11th, 2020  
I love that, what a great greeting. And my favourite stores of all are hardware stores, the old fashioned kind. They smell of wood and oils and they are a mecca of creativity. We had one near us when I was a child and the man had the traditional brown overalls, climbed a little ladder to reach the nuts and bolts and other mysterious things that were all in small wooden drawers up the wall. Loved it.
August 11th, 2020  
Nice story to go along with the photo
August 11th, 2020  
Old fashioned business... surprisingly I don’t see any signage for the store.
August 11th, 2020  
@brokenbird Thanks, Pam. I so enjoy going into these places and seeing those things and smelling those smells.
August 11th, 2020  
@valerina A while! :- ) He was sitting in his truck when I walked up and I wasn't sure if he was "coming or going". Then his door opened...but he had to get things together before he got out. It was fun watching. I got other photos I won't post of him...just getting out...taking his time. Nice, actually, to just "take your time".
August 11th, 2020  
@pattyblue Thanks, Pat. It is still alive and well in many places here.
August 11th, 2020  
@craftymeg Thanks, Margaret.
August 11th, 2020  
@bkbinthecity Thank you!
August 11th, 2020  
@happypat Thanks, Pat. I can't wait to see your shop.
August 11th, 2020  
@carolmactx It is, indeed, Carol.
August 11th, 2020  
@danette Thanks! Yes, I think folks are looking for more personalized connections.
August 11th, 2020  
@milaniet Interesting to know! Yes, they are.
August 11th, 2020  
@bubblequeen I'm so glad, Melvina. Come and enjoy the ambiance.
August 11th, 2020  
@randystreat Thanks, Kathy!
August 11th, 2020  
@casablanca Thanks! This is a unique place.
August 11th, 2020  
@k9photo Thanks, Kate!
August 11th, 2020  
@kvphoto There really isn't signage! There is a very old one over the awning, but it advertises paint!
August 11th, 2020  
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