The story of A Few Cool Hardware Stores started in 2003 in Logan Circle. We knew the community wanted and needed a hardware store. Renovations were happening everywhere and traveling to get hardware supplies was slowing them down.
We opened Logan Hardware on March 1, 2003 to great success. It wasn’t long before people started coming in from other parts of the city asking us to open in their neighborhood, too. It was a special time in Logan Circle with many new retailers opening their doors and providing moral support for us as we tried to learn how to use everything we were selling!
Glover Park Hardware opened exactly two years after Logan Hardware and then in June of 2006 we opened Tenleytown Ace Hardware. A year later, we decided to test the waters in a new city – Baltimore, and took over a 7,800-square-foot space in the historic neighborhood of Federal Hill.
In 2008, we focused our efforts on Mount Vernon Triangle, a burgeoning area just east of Chinatown, and opened 5th Street Ace Hardware at 1055 5th Street NW in the City Vista building between K and L Streets. Then, during the summer of 2009, we headed back to Baltimore and opened Waverly Ace Hardware in the old brick post office building at 601 Homestead Street.
In July 2010 we opened Old Takoma Ace, part of the Takoma Park, MD community just over the district line. In 2014, we expanded the space to include an additional 2,000 square feet dedicated to our lawn and garden department and an outdoor garden center. More recently, we've added two new stores to our family.
We opened our third Baltimore location Canton Ace Hardware in September 2012 in the beautiful waterfront Canton neighborhood. Formally a vending warehouse, the store boasts nearly 10,000 square feet of retail space, making Canton Ace is the largest of our 3 Baltimore locations.
Two months later in November 2012 we opened Woodley Park Ace in the Woodley Park neighborhood, just outside of the Woodley Park Zoo Metro Station. Though the store is an express model with just under 3,800 square feet of retail space, it still boasts over 20,000 products in house, with several thousand additional products available for special order.
Our newest location Old Town Ace Hardware in Alexandria is our first store in the state of Virginia. Originally opened in 2008 by a previous owner, the newly acquired Old Town Ace is located in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria. The store is scheduled to reopen May 2015. We are excited to meet our new customers and become an active member of the Old Town community.
We are always searching for new spaces and welcome any request. Please stop by your local hardware store soon.
Our Core Values
1. Be Helpful
2. Be a Good Neighbor
3. Create Raving Fans
4. Be Vibrant and Enthusiastic
5. Be an Awesome Team Member
6. Communicate Respectfully
7. Always Grow & Share
8. Embrace & Drive Change