(This post is inspired by Elyse).
Ace Hardware stores provide a great option to the typical Lowe’s and Home Depot stores (and insert other big box retailers here). These stores, although national, are individually owned by the local store owners. Corporate shares are not publicly traded. See the faq page on the Ace Hardware site. http://www.acehardware.com/corp/index.jsp?page=faq
And come on, how many times have you been in Lowe’s or Home Depot and not been able to find help with what you need? My experiences have always been better in smaller hardware stores like Ace.
Thanks, Elyse, for the “how to live as a preservationist” tip!
*I would suggest visiting a hardware store that is 100% local, but that is not always an option so Ace would make a good second.