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Thursday, May 22, 2008


Bolt Hardware. It’s a family affair.

Bolt hardware at 236 Mason has been a fixture in the neighborhood for as long as I can remember. I had to ask for the address because I just always knew where it was. That probably explains why I haven’t blogged about them yet. There is history in this store. The metal ceiling squares harken back to another time. The history though is not just found in the building. The real history lies in the very concept of a local family hardware. Mark and Callie have run the store since I can remember. Their daughter Betty has been helping out more and more. Here are two people who love doing what they do, and because of that have been able to adapt their business to the community and survive while other larger business’ have not. If I was them I would feel pride in that alone. They aren’t affiliated with any big chains either like ACE ect. What you see is what you get. No nonsense allowed. They cater to the neighborhood and it‘s needs. A big aspect of their business is fixing and reglazing broken wooden and aluminum windows and storms. Or if you just need a piece of glass cut to size for a special project they’ll do it. Hard to find that service anymore. I might add that the price is hard to find also. Callie told me that they had the lowest price in town for keys and duplicates. As I looked around I realized that they do have a lot of different things for sale. Hand tools, parts to fix broken water hoses, broken stuff, like window latches. The kind of stuff needed to do basic maintenance, the kind of stuff that is hard to find at the big stores. They have some of everything as far as the hardware of life. Plumbing and electrical stuff, not the fancy packaged stuff, but the stuff you need to fix a leaky faucet, put in a new toilet, change a light switch. They also cut and thread pipe. Plastic, galvanized and black pipe and fittings. Nails by the lb., or half a lb. if that’s all you need.

This is a store of what people need and use everyday in their lives. The stuff that helps keep us caught up with the wear and tear of everyday life. Brooms, rakes, leaf bags, utility garbage cans, all those mystery parts inside your toilet. There is always somebody there glad you stopped in and happy to wait on you, help you figure out how to solve what you need solved. They go out of their way to help, they’ve been doing it for years, they know how. Usually better than the kid at the big box stores.

Regards, Live Dangerously Be A Conservative

PS. I don’t have a web site so I linked them back to this page in my section on the right side bar titled “Stores I Really Like Close By” (I needed a link to list them there) Bolt Hardware doesn’t need a web site. They’ve been doing fine with “word of mouth“, I just thought I’d give them a little “word of blog”. And thank them for being there.

Store Hours
Mon + Wed. 10:00 - 5:00
Tue. Thurs. + Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Sat. 9:00 - 2:00
Telephone - 231-722-2845

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