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One of my all time favorite flowers is the Daisy. I love the simplicity of this flower. Nothing is more beautiful than a field full of daisies in bloom. Daisies can symbolize new beginnings, purity, happiness, or even motherhood.  I just love that!!!

In 2015,  my family experienced a new beginning with the purchase of Wilkes County Hardware. One of the items at the top of our “to do list” was to make the store more inviting to ladies. I wanted to be a big part of this journey with my husband.

In the former years of ownership, ladies only came into our store to have a key made. By the way, WCH is known for the accuracy of our keys. Very few mistakes are made with our key cutting. If an issue arises with a key, we fix it, no charge!!!  Definitely not like the box store experience… Anyway, one of the first items was to create a more lady friendly shopping experience.  I wanted to keep it simple, like the daisy. Our store is rustic & vintage , like the daisy but it needed to “be soft around the edges” and happy to see you like the daisy. Wilkes County Hardware was no longer a place for just the men to gather, all are welcome!

So as hardware novices, we went off to our first hardware show in New Orleans. One of the our first purchases at the hardware show was Holland Bulbs—- you guessed it, flowers. We came back with lots of ideas and challenges to face. But we “plunged ahead”- no hardware puns intended,  goal one in progress….

Once word got out about the changes in store services, and items available for purchase, women began to shop with us. We began to sell items that had never been offered at Wilkes County Hardware such as, gardening supplies, & gardening accessories. It was a new local shopping experience could not be found anywhere else in our small hometown. Women were steadily coming in and felt comfortable shopping with us!!! Yes!!!! Success!!!

Now we are still trying to keep our message simple like the daisy- welcoming, & happy.  We gladly welcome all who visit our historic hardware store. It is always a pleasure to visit with locals and out of towners. It is definitely a unique shopping experience- not many people get to see a working freight elevator in the middle of the store!

Many of our local residents come by to get the basics they need for their home, or business, or they are seeking expert advice on a specific topic.

It is amazing to see how our “field of daisies” has changed so far… can’t wait to see what else will blossom in the future.


Buying a hardware store was a huge transition for our family. Richard had never ventured out into owning his own business, and here we were new business owners of an old historic hardware store! Wow!!!

We went through many transitions as a family, getting used to being local business owners, and also taking full responsibility of the staff who currently worked there. Our store and staff has transitioned-Lots of changes have occurred over the last few years. Customers can now easily find items they need, we made constant updates to our store layout,  &  foot traffic has increased in our store. We are no longer a store of just “bolts, nuts, and keys.

Honestly, we all face transitions in our lives. The hardware business is not unique in that aspect. But, I think our hardware store transitions are constant. I suspect they will continue to be the norm for us as we journey towards a better shopping experience for our local community.

Change is harder for some than others. As a business owner we see which employees quickly adjust to transitions, and we see those who are slower meeting the transitions, in hardware terms “under construction” . The point as an hardware store owner- adjustment made or not?  Those who struggle with transitions may need some guidance on how to meet the new change.

As a mom, I may need some assistance myself, just being truthful! At home, we are again experiencing transitions as a family- our son has completed drivers education class! We will soon have another driver in our family. That is a hard one folks…  I am wishing time would slow down a bit.

The reality of transitions, is that sometimes they happen whether you wish it them too or not. Change is constant. How we decide to meet the challenge or be defeated by the change can influence your outlook.

I have decided to rise to meet these transitions in life. Being thehardwarelifewife a great learning experience for me each day. I am still “under construction” – and a work in progress and I’m ok with that.

Thanks for reading along and enjoy life with all its transitions- under construction or not!

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me in my hardwarelifewife blog!

My husband and I bought an old fashioned, vintage, and historic hardware store within the downtown area of North Wilkesboro, NC in late summer of 2015.

Wow! What an experience it has been for us. I decided to share my stories about our adventures in what I like to call thehardwarelife. This has been a journey that hasn’t always been easy but thankful we are getting the opportunity to do this together. I hope that y’all enjoy our stories.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton