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H&H Home and Hardware: From Commercial Business to Marion Staple

H&H Home and Hardware: From Commercial Business to Marion Staple

Founded in 2000 in Marion, KY, H&H Home and Hardware originated as a business serving contractors and industrial commercial crews but in the last 3 years has developed into a staple hardware store supporting local artisans and the Marion, Kentucky community. Originally started by her parents and another couple, current co-Owner Shanna West’s earliest memory of the business is her father sitting at their kitchen table and calling everyone he…read more →

Metzger's Hardware Helps Local Firehouse Fire Up the Grill for Recognition During COVID Pandemic

Metzger's Hardware Helps Local Firehouse Fire Up the Grill for Recognition During COVID Pandemic

Los Alamos local hardware store Metzger’s Hardware opened in 1947 and has grown with their local community ever since. At the start, the business was an auto supply and general hardware store but has expanded to be a one-stop-shop hardware store in the Los Alamos, New Mexico area. Metzger’s Hardware provides the local community with everyday hardware necessities in addition to services and products typically only found at big-box retailers….read more →

Small Massachusetts Town Wins National Main Street Title

Small Massachusetts Town Wins National Main Street Title

Independent We Stand is pleased to recognize Hudson, Mass. as the $25,000 winner of the 2021 America’s Main Streets “Road to Recovery” contest. More than 1 million total votes were cast by the public nationwide in the sixth annual contest. The Hudson Downtown Business Improvement District rallied its vast network of 85 property owners, partners at the Hudson Business Association and the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce, and their community…read more →

The Importance of Community Engagement: Twins Ace Hardware

The Importance of Community Engagement: Twins Ace Hardware

Locally owned family businesses are something that brothers Craig and Jeff Smith know very well as their fathers’ local pharmacy in Bethesda, MD was a crucial part of their upbringing. In the Bradley Shopping Center was Strosniders Hardware, a well-known local hardware store purchased by the family in 1984. The ownership of this store helped them to learn the ins and outs of the hardware business and was the first…read more →

GET READY FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY®

GET READY FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY®

Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express in 2010 to help strengthen local economies. Today, it’s a holiday shopping tradition and part of a nationwide Shop Small® Movement dedicated to uniting communities and supporting all kinds of small businesses.

5 Ways Local Businesses Can Attract Top Employees

5 Ways Local Businesses Can Attract Top Employees

When you’re the owner of a local small business, the idea of hiring employees is likely an even mix of excitement and anxiety. The employees you hire represent the face of your business, and when you’re a small business one bad employee can seriously impact your reputation.

Where Are the Totally Ninja Raccoons?

Where Are the Totally Ninja Raccoons?

Every July for seven straight years, From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, has hosted the Candlewick Press search for “Where’s Waldo?”, the publisher’s iconic cartoon character.

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