Your votes helped us select Trio Hardware & Paint as the recipient of the 2013 Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by FCA US LLC. Trio Hardware & Paint is a Do it Best hardware store that has served the Plainview, New York community for over fifty years.
Local communities came together to stand by their favorite business in towns across America. Trio Hardware & Paint goes above and beyond in customer service and community support, making it easy for their customers to sing their praises.
The vast outpouring of support Trio Hardware & Paint received during the Indie Award is one of many examples of the loyalty their customers have shown for the store. After a devastating fire, Trio’s customers helped tremendously by physically carrying merchandise several stores over to a larger location. They also rallied to keep Home Depot out of their community.
“We love our community, they’ve been incredible to us and we try to reciprocate to them,” says co-owner Bruce Carlow. In addition to being one of the founding members of the Plainview Chamber of Commerce, Trio sponsors the local high school robotics team, they give two scholarships yearly to a graduating male and female student, they hire locally, and they sponsor little league and soccer teams.
As the 2013 Independent Small Business of the Year, Trio Hardware & Paint will receive prizes with a combined value of more than $15,000. Prizes include a $5,000 American Express gift card from FCA US LLC, a $1,000 STIHL equipment certificate redeemable at one of more than 8,000 local dealers nationwide, a “Small Business Web Starter Package” from independent web design firm Launch Interactive or ARI Network Services that includes custom website layout design and programming with a location page with Google map integration and web traffic reporting, a three day/two night stay at an independent beach resort hotel in Virginia Beach Va., as well as a tour of the STIHL Inc. headquarters and dinner with the Independent We Stand team. The Indie Award winner will also receive a plaque to display at their business, a five-minute video to be featured on the Independent We Stand YouTube Channel and public relations and social media recognition.
Bruce Carlow, co-owner of Trio Hardware & Paint said, “The website design package and $5,000 gift certificate will be extremely beneficial in helping to improve our business and allow us to better serve our customers and employees.” Todd Kirschner, the other co-owner of Trio Hardware is most looking forward to the STIHL Plant tour as part of the Indie Award prize.
Trio Hardware & Paint was in good company among the other finalists in this year’s Indie Award contest. Each business that made it this far into the competition deserves to be recognized for their outstanding customer service and community support.
The ten businesses that received the highest number of public votes were:
- A. Dodson’s, a retail gift shop in Suffolk, Va.
- Afterwords Books, a bookstore in Edwardsville, Ill.
- Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew, a premium tea company in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
- Charis Books and More, a bookstore in Atlanta, Ga.
- Cornells True Value Hardware, a hardware store in Eastchester, N.Y.
- Ju-Ju Monkey, a retail shop in Allentown, Pa.
- Matt’s Building Materials, a lumberyard and hardware store in Pharr, Texas
- Mike’s Community Cup, a coffee shop in SeaTac, Wash.
- Seth Broudy School of Surf, a surf school in Virginia Beach, Va.
- Trio Hardware & Paint, a hardware store in Plainview, N.Y.
The 24 quarterfinalists who were not selected for the Grand Prize will each receive an Independent We Stand Premium Membership.
Thank you to everyone who showed their support by nominating a business, voting for a finalist, and promoting the contest. We would also like to thank FCA US LLC for sponsoring this year’s contest and all of the businesses who participated in the “Indie Award.” Your stories are what inspire us and give the “buy local” movement so much meaning.
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