I live near a hardware store like that. Same wide planked creaky
wooden floors. They even have a counter where you can bring
your knives/tools/whatever to be sharpened. Bins of nails and screws.
All kinds of stuff, I could hang out for quite a while. I buy what I can
there because I don't want to see the place go, not that they're
hurting for customers.
It's actually pretty easy for stores like that to compete with the BORGs.
Often it's the best news that they can get if a BORG opens right next to them.
The same reason that furniture stores and car dealerships tend to coagulate.
On Sat, 04 Sep 2010 12:33:48 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
As I mentioned elsewhere, our local such place is actually cheaper for a
lot of things - I think the big box stores often rely on their customers
thinking that they're the only choice in town, and so they price high.
The new Menards is going to be right next door to them, though, so it'll
be interesting to see what happens there.
We have one of those here in Santa Monica as well. Busy Bee. Amazing
what they get into a small space. And knowledgeable staff.
Anybody around this area remember Gerald's in Westchester? They had
these great olde-tymers who really knew their stuff. Sigh!
That's what my wife calls the woodworking stores; "stores for big-boy toys"
(not for big boy-toys;). We found one in Atlanta that's really nice. It's
not the typical chain store[*], rather looks like an old wood-floored hardware
store. She even likes looking at the tools in that store while I'm drooling
over the toys. ;-)
[*] There are four woodworking stores we make the rounds of when we're in
Atlanta, every couple of months. The others are typical strip-mall
If I'm on a business mission to buy something weird (to make a free-standing
medieval pavilion, to wire up an anime costume made entirely out of leather
belts, etc.), then I go to HD, because there are NEVER any employees to
bother you in mine. I just wonder around various departments looking at all
sorts of things until something designed for a completely different purpose
jumps up and yells, "Over here, I'm what you need! I can help you make it
If, on the other hand, I'm looking to buy something to repair or improve my
home, I go to Lowe's, because they have a lot of very helpful people who
smile, but don't bother you. They wait until you have a question, and they
can usually answer it. And the answer is almost always correct! Ok, so the
store's less than a year old, but still.
The local Wayside hardware is great, but only open 10-4, M-S. The Ace
Hardware is good as well, with slightly better hours, but still usually
closed when I need something.
OH YES! And I have kept her for over 35 years now.
Did I mention that she also helps me and supports my longest running
project building an airplane? She does insist that I get a few things
done around the house though.
Rockler's, at least the one in Atlanta, is really strange. I like browsing in
the store but I rarely buy much. I spend a *lot* more in the Woodcraft (and
since I found it, Highland Woodworking). In fact, the ratio is pretty close
to my Internet purchases; very little from Rockler and quite a bit from
Woodcraft. I really don't know why.
I know what you mean but I have bought some things there that I
haven't been able to find elsewhere or at least couldn't find the
quality I wanted elsewhere. Bought their dovetail jig, router bits,
and some specialize jigs for cabinet making that were of much better
quality. I also found the best selection of drawer guides there.
On 9/4/2010 6:04 PM, email@example.com wrote:
I'm unfamiliar with Rockler's but I've known Highland Hardware before
day one. I was there first!
I've been doing all my general hardware shopping here:
One of the last of the real hardware stores with knowledgeable help
that actually know their merchandise. All the standard stuff that you
get blank looks at at HD, they have no problem with. The owner, rightly
so, says he can only compete on service. It's kind of like going in
Rosing to buy paint. They don't waste your time and they don't sell you
stuff you will regret. And they stay very busy because of that. When you
only think price, the cheap comes out expensive.
I still miss having a real lumberyard nearby...
In fact, the ratio is pretty close
I just found Highland on our trip In April (her birthday). I've been back on
business trips three times in the last two months. ;-)
Cool! I haven't been down in that area of town. Our next trip is planned for
the third weekend in October. There is some sort of craft fair in Stone
Mountain, or something. I think we'll spend a couple of nights then (found a
great, cheap, place to stay in the Perimeter area).
I've missed that for years. I can't remember the last decent one.
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