Summer of 2019- A New Chapter in the hardware life…

Labor Day is over and this year the end of summer feels very different. I think you will be able to see as you read along today. It has been a life altering kinda summer for me and our business.

I officially retired as a teacher this summer. My “work” focus is now focusing on being a business owner in our community, which has opened up new avenues for creating change in our town and community.

Many people don’t fully understand why I would leave a state job early, so here is the deal—-It had become increasingly difficult to do both, teach & help with the business effectively, and be a Mom.

Honestly, Mom is my most important “job title” and I need to be there for the “big stuff.” This is the first year ever in his entire school career that I have the ability to pick him up/ drop him off at school. Of course I know it won’t be for long, because his drivers license is coming around the corner.

Before my retirement, I had struggled with my decision for quite sometime whether to continue to work and do both, but now I am at peace with my decision to leave my life’s work. In essence, I have just added a new passion to my life- hardware store life. Don’t get me wrong, I miss that look when students learn something new. I’m just turning the page on a new chapter…

Speaking of new chapters… Richard and I both turned 50 this year!!! A milestone birthday πŸŽ‚ So far 50 is great!!!!

So enough about all that personal stuff!!! Here is what we have been working on inside the store…

Below is a top 10 list of some of the wonderful things that has been going on inside our store:

1. Pool season has been in full swing and will be winding down soon for most pool owners in the next few weeks. Richard and Luke have kept a few neighborhood pools cleaned, & chemically safe for swimming. I can not tell y’all how much work and time this requires of these two!!!! Pool owners, I bet you understand. The fellas have worked every day to keep these pools clean 7 days a week!!! 😎

2. Richard and I spent some time at the Chicago Orgill Hardware Show this August looking at new products to offer up to our customers. Hardware shows are lots of fun and I may do a different post on that later.

3. This summer we also added several new locally made products to our store! These items have been received well by our customers and people keep coming back to purchase these items. We are very proud to offer these to our customers.

4. Some of our readers maybe aware that we made some staffing changes this summer. We are consistently heading in a positive direction to move into a new level sales, services, & great customer satisfaction for our community. Thank you for your patience and support as we all learn new skillsπŸ˜‰

5. The first annual Harry’s Hotdogs was a huge success!!!! This was a absolutely amazing event to see people pouring into our store to eat a hotdog and remember Harry on his birthday. The funds raised went to North Wilkesboro Rotary Club- serving our local community

6. Wilkes County Hardware teamed up with Keegan Watson – local woodworking craftsman, during the Wilkes Art Gallery Art Walk Event this summer. It was great to see so many people in downtown North Wilkesboro

7. I’m still trying to figure out where my skill set fits best inside the store… I mostly work on merchandising, new product acquisitions, social media, and I have just started out learning some of the financial end of the business. My husband is invaluable in this business!!! He is a super busy guyπŸ˜‰.

8. Since we are a small hardware store, when new products arrive, we have to make “space” for new items. It is a challenge!!! We have been trying to find places for these new items and clearance items that are not moving. Inventory is always on our mind🧐 By the way , Eddie did a great job this summer moving some key products to new locations. It looks awesome!!!! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

9. Our office space upstairs is coming along!!! We are so happy to have this quite space to work! We have more shelves and walls to paint, but our work areas are clearly definedπŸ‘πŸ»

10. FYI: we have a few new projects that we are seriously looking at, I have spent some serious time with these ideas this summer so stay posted for more details later this fall!!!

Here’s to the new chapter in the hardware life!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰Richard and I are working together as a team now to make hardware happen every day for our customers. Y’all, I am just gonna say, that is a very satisfying feeling!

Summer Bucket List

Small town life is charming to some people, but maybe a little dull to others because they feel like they are missing out on something.

We truly live in a great community and the positives are many. We have many great places places to visit within our county boundaries. This Summer “Bucket List” is good whether you are vacationing this summer or just simply doing a “staycation”. Many items on the list are plain family fun things to do. I hope you enjoy the list😎. Have a great summer!!!

Summer Bucket List: Written from a business owner perspective…

1. Eat local- check out lunch at a food truck or enjoy a locally owned restaurant

2. Check out Concerts in the Commons, Wilkesboro

3. Just grill… enjoy food with your family – want to switch up your grill? Check out Traeger at Wilkes County Hardware

4. Go to an Outdoor movie- πŸŽ₯ in North Wilkesboro coming soon

5. Stroll and shop in Downtown North Wilkesboro – start shopping at Wilkes County Hardware, then walk around 10th Street and up to Main Street- you avoid the hills around town… πŸ‘πŸ»

6. Do a family game night- board games & card games are great for the whole family πŸ€ͺ

7. S’mores & Fire πŸ”₯ Pit time!!

8. Make homemade ice cream!!

9. Check out the splash pad in Wilkesboro

10. Stroll on 10th Street & other Downtown streets for the Art Walk in July!

11. Play flashlight πŸ”¦ tag

12. Ride in your car 🚘 with the windows down and enjoy your music 🎢 playing

13. Go to Glen’s to get a chocolate dip cone- it is a classic treat

14. Enjoy a nice afternoon at Wilkes Heritage Museum to learn more about the history of our community

15. Catch fireflies after dark or just stargaze

16. Spend the day at Stone Mountain

17. Visit the Farmers Market on Saturday morning

18. Visit one of our local vineyards, we have some beautiful & scenic places here in Wilkes

19. Don’t miss the Annual July 4th fireworks πŸ’₯, find a spot downtown to sit and watch the fireworks show with family & friends

20. Draw with sidewalk chalk and just have funπŸ˜„

21. Go fishing 🎣 -Kerr Scott lake views are priceless

22. Walk or Bike 🚲 the Greenway

23. For peace, relaxation & serenity- find the Labyrinth at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

24. Hold an outdoor game night for friends & family

Lastly…

25. Enjoy the summer breeze when it comes & the mountain views- everyone else doesn’t have the same opportunities

Happy Summer! Create your own “bucket list” or DIY list for summer. We hope to see you soon fulfilling all of your summer wishes.

Sounds of Summer

August is already here on the calendar πŸ“† and time is flying by so quickly it seems. Where has the lazy days of summer gone? Ahhhh… the sounds of summer are always fresh in my mind.

I can hear the constant sounds of nature outside in my backyard- birds chirping, crickets, lawnmowers going in the neighborhood, children playing in yards. I can hear the sound of the river flowing as I walk on the greenway. Fellow walkers wishing us well as we pass by them bidding us a good day.

The sounds of the barista busy working on the next order of coffee, the laughter of the “coffee crew” who gather every morning to start the day with friends and a hit of caffeine motivation…

Then off to the hardware store to hear the key machine working to make yet another key for a customer. The sound of the cash register opening and closing, heavy footsteps on the stairs, the freight elevator cranks up-belts in movement… the quiet sounds of the ceiling fan… tools busy at work, money clanking in the snack jar… then I hear “thank you for coming by today” 😊… yes, it makes my heart sing !!!