State-by-state Hardware Store All-Stars: N.C., N.D., Ohio

The Home Channel News coast-to-coast countdown of high-quality retailers continues in North Carolina, North Dakota and Ohio:

• North Carolina
Lanier’s Hardware
Lanier’s, which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, features more than 100,000 hardware items. While lawn and garden equipment, such as Stihl trimmers, blowers and chain saws, are a big hit, the Lexington, N.C., store has an extensive collection of sporting items. Lanier’s sells team uniforms and does screen printing and embroidery for those who want logos on their favorite jerseys. Lanier’s motto is: “If we don’t have it, we’ll find it for you.”

• North Dakota
Edinburg General Store
How popular is Edinburg General Store? Tour buses come to this location -- in a town of 252, no less. “We are a destination place,” said owner Bernice Flanagan, a Do it Best member. This quaint hardware store entertains guests with three G-scale trains that circle the perimeter of the balcony and pieces of antique furniture highlighting the merchandise on two levels of the store. Edinburg General Store sells unique hardware, housewares, Carhartt clothing, Wrangler jeans, gifts and personalized pottery for many surrounding towns. “We’re the biggest little general store in North Dakota,” Flanagan said.

• Ohio
All American Store
Opened in Brookville, Ohio, in January 2010 and expanded to a second location in Huber Heights, Ohio, in June 2010, the All American Store is an example of a business that puts its money where its mouth is. Everything in the store is made or assembled in America, co-owner Mike Petro said. “We’re supporting suppliers in the U.S. that are trying to stay in business,” he said. “We have to stop sending manufacturing jobs over to China.” How’s it working? A third store is in the pipeline, he said.

HCN Monday will profile all-star hardware stores in Oklahoma, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Or, for the full article from the May issue of Home Channel News, register or log in here.