General Manager: Eric Hardy
Eric’s career with Ace began in 2006, when Jubilee Jobs helped him get a sales associate position at Logan Hardware. Three months later, Eric became our new paint coordinator and after two years in this position, he was promoted as assistant manager of the store. When we opened our Takoma Park location in 2010, Eric was the perfect candidate and quickly adjusted to the new position. Eric’s favorite part of being manager at OTA is helping customers with their home improvement projects and receiving positive feedback from them after completing a project. As one of our longest employed managers, Eric has been an excellent addition to our team and has added tremendous value to the Takoma Park neighborhood through his engagement with the community and commitment to excellent customer service.
Our biggest garden party of them all! Join us where it all began, at our Old Takoma Ace store where they’re hosting their 5th Annual Garden Party. Enjoy complimentary meats, burgers, and snacks cooked on our Traeger Grill while chatting with over a dozen gardening vendors and local experts. With live music, a huge raffle, loads of giveaways and several hands on gardening workshops and DIY stations, this is sure to be our best garden party yet.
Sacred Roots DC: Many of our garden enthusiast customers might remember Hillary from past Spring workshop series. From herbal remedies and apothecaries to foraging and advocacy, we’ve been partnering with Sacred Roots for years to educate our customers to discover the spiritual and holistic aspects of gardening.
RiverSmart Home Program: Learn how you can reduce stormwater runoff in your community by partnering with this DOEE incentive program to improve our local watershed. It’s as easy as installing a rain barrel or shade garden- learn how you can schedule a free in home stormwater audit at the event!
Babikow Greenhouses: Ever wonder where we get our beautiful plants and natives? Meet the folks at Babikow Greenhouses out of Baltimore, MD, where they painstakingly care for thousands of plants each year to ensure we have the best possible blooms for our customers. Come prepared with your gardening related questions for this great opportunity to connect directly with our growers!
U.S. Department of Forestry’s Every Kid in a Park Program: In today’s world of screens and smart phones, encouraging our youth to explore the outdoors and find value in nature is more important than ever. From visiting parks to volunteering in them, learn about programs in your area to engage our youth in environmental efforts. Coincidentally, you can also stop by this table for landscaping advice!
Institute for Local Self Reliance: Learn how to start your own worm composting system and find out about upcoming workshop dates at Old Takoma Ace!
The Green Gardener, Rebecca Cague: Learn about various environmentally friendly gardens that are easy to implement in your yard, including shade and pollinator friendly options!
From the Farmer: Meet your local farmer’s market, delivered straight to your doorstep! From the Farmer connects local residents in the Delmarva region with fresh, organic, locally sourced produce, meats, grocery, and pantry items via their online ordering platform. Sample some of their butcher shop’s finest cuts, cooked on our Traeger Grill!
Garden Party attendees will receive an exclusive offer for $20 off their first order, while supplies last; plus, enter to win a $50 FTF gift card in our event raffle!
8 Myles: Shop and sample some of the District’s best locally made sauces and rubs, perfectly paired with meats provided by From the Farmer and grilled over our wood-burning Traeger Grill.
- DIY Fairy Garden/Container Gardening Tutorial
- Terrarium Workshop
- Complimentary Face Painting
- Ace employee by day, honky tonk rocker by night. Live Music performed by our very own Valentine Slim! http://valentineslim.com/
- Free Potting Service with purchase of plant + pot
- 20% off all plants, pottery, & gardening supplies April 22-23
- Free giveaways & snacks
- Big Green Egg & Traeger Grill Demos
- Local Vendor Market with some of our favorite DC Artisans