David and Goliath

May 29, 2006
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Honest-to-goodness hardware stores aren’t that easy to find around here. Many have been put out of business by the chains of huge stores like Home Depot and Lowes that carry more inventory at lower prices—but where you have to roam around before you can find someone (if you’re lucky) to help you and when you do, the person most likely can’t answer your questions. I’d rather pay a bit more in a shop like this one, where the owners are always on hand and take an interest in their customers, and where I can often find just the item I need when the mega-stores don’t carry it.