This time of year, my customers are starting to get all their outdoor projects completed. The air is really getting cold, the snow is starting to fly, and it’s time to hunker down for the winter inside
35 years ago my father, Dwight Umber, was upgrading our lawn & garden department. We had been selling American flags for quite a while, but when he noticed the Fort Wayne flag flying over a city
The other day a customer stopped in the store, and after we completed his hardware needs, he looked up at me and said, “How do you pick your topics for that newspaper article you do?” I told him
It’s time! Like it or not, it’s time to get started on your fall gotta do list. It seems like all of a sudden September has come and gone and the cold chill of winter is just around the corner.
Vinegar and what!! My wonderful wife told me the other day that it was time again to clean the walls of our fiberglass shower stall. I’ve spent many Saturday afternoons scrubbing with all sorts of
So all the rain in May and early June kept most of us from completing all of our spring projects. And the way-too-hot temperatures of the first part of July kept us all inside. But now that normal summer
So what is something that every one of us has at least one of in our home, is mounted securely in place, has 2 lids, a seat, holds water, and is 1 size fits all? The almighty toilet! It’s an item
Many of our customers come into the store still wanting the good ‘ole incandescent light bulb. They quickly follow that request with a question of why did they change something that worked so well?
With all the rain we’ve had the last few weeks, why the heck should I do anything to my lawn? It’s already growing too fast! In all honesty, what you do to your lawn now can really help your yard
Young, old, male, and female, we have hundreds of customers that just can’t wait for the arrival of their hummingbirds each year. If we don’t have our hummingbird supplies out by the 1st of March
Last week we got in our annual truckload of Scotts fertilizer. In my 45 years in the business, there hasn’t been a year go by that this wasn’t our go-to, top of the line, lawn fertilizer product
-13° below zero for heaven’s sake! And what, -40° wind chill? Schools, businesses, mail/paper delivery, and sporting events closed for days. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen that kind of temperature
You made it! You made it once again to the end of the holiday season. So now what? How about just hunker down in your Lazyboy with a good book and wait until spring? Well just wait a minute. I have
A customer came in last week and was having a little electrical problem. He said that all of the sudden the circuit breaker that was connected to his living room outlets kept tripping. The first thing
During WWII, a lady that worked in an ordinance factory, Vesta Stoudt, mother of 2 Navy sa
While it’s not time to start putting those plast
Every year in the hardware business we plan for the unofficial beginning of spring. Because once the weat
Most of my lawn care customers know that you have to put down your cra
Your calendar says spring is here. The robins and the 1st plants of spring say that spring is here. And finally, our average highs for the day seem to say that spring is here. So, Mother Nature is ready…are you?
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