Open a map of Michigan, which looks like a mitten. Look harder and, nestled in the thumb, you’ll spot Marlette, pop. 8,000. It’s an agricultural community, where Ben’s Contractor Center
“It’s sad, the way things are going in Ohio,” says Joel Jumper, owner of Coshocton Lumber, named for the town of 12,000 that’s nowhere near Cleveland and its potent medical
Remember—of course you do—the day the distressed astronauts called out, “Houston, we’ve got a problem?” To translate to a different dilemma recently facing another city, Brent Emery, owner of E&E
You can take the kid out of Buffalo, but you can’t take Buffalo out of the kid. And that kid, Sam Olson, is the poster child for that town of
When Petersburg Hardware held a Grand Opening for its new location in 2016, 2,000 people lined up at the doors… not bad for a town of 2,500 in the middle
Al Gemmen might be a little surprised—and maybe more than a little startled—had he lived to learn that the store he founded in Hudsonville, Mi., in 1955 would, 65 year
Nobody thought about lumber in the beginning. Back in 1940, Herman Albrecht Jr., a vocational school shop instructor, used his backyard garage as a workshop for woodworking commissions from friends
It’s perhaps an unlikely place for $4-billion-a-year co-op Do it Best Corp. to unveil the prototype for its compelling new store design program: small-town Vassar, a dot on the mitten-shaped
As a little kid, Richard Hobbs had big plans. “When I grow up, I want to be a Senator,” he told his mother. As second-generation co-owner with her husband of
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