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Stanley Hardware is a blast from the past

By Alan Hodge

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There’s a new business in Stanley with an old time, down home, flavor.

Have you ever gone to a big box home improvement store and wandered  the cavernous  aisles looking for a certain “thing” and getting someone to help you  was as hard as figuring out where the product was? Well, that same fate will not befall customers at Stanley Hardware and Feed located at 100 N. Main St. in beautiful downtown Stanley.

Stanley Hardware is owned by husband/wife team of  Linda and Roger Bell and partner Ronnie Bozardt. They had previously been in the hardware business in West  Charlotte, but needed a larger building and wanted to set up shop in Gaston County.

“We wanted to make a hometown hardware and feed store so local farmers and other customers would not have to drive so far to get what they needed,” said Linda. “We wanted a place where folks would feel at home when they came in.”

That idea plays out with the friendly welcome Stanley Hardware and Seed staff gives to patrons and is returned likewise. The ambiance is reminiscent of the days when “howdy, ya’ll come on in” was a greeting as comfortable and familiar as pair of well worn bib overalls.

The stock at Stanley Hardware and Feed is a cornucopia of stuff that folks need to keep their home or farm flowing nicely. 

Walking the rows, customers see shelves filled with all sorts of items such as rakes, shovels, tools, plumbing fittings, keys, mailboxes, wire and chain by the foot, cleaning supplies, mason jars, lawn maintenance supplies, dog collars, paint and brushes, drill bits, glue, chicken waterers, bird seeds, rocking chairs, grass seed, etc., etc. An entire wall is devoted to a huge selection of nuts, bolts, and screws in all sizes. 

“We will sell you one or a box full,” said employee  Eddie Todd.

Do you need feed for your critters? 

“We have food for dogs, cats, horses, pigs, goats, and just about any other kind of animal,” said Linda.

A sweet deal available at Stanley Hardware and Feed is Herb’s Honey. The locally produced goodness comes in a variety of flavors including Queen City Gold, Carolina Blonde, and South End. 

The store also has a variety of plants and flowers for gardens or porches. 

Out back there’s a large covered area for pine needles and straw. The store got in 400 bales of needles last week. The covered area will also be a spot where folks can bring their chickens for what Linda calls “flock swaps” and a mini farmer’s market.

Even though the store opened just a couple of weeks ago, business has been brisk.

“The town has given us an amazing welcome,” Linda said.

Stanley Hardware and Feed is open Monday-Friday 7am-5:30pm and Saturday 7am-2pm. Call 704-931-0091.