Ever notice that hardware and paint supply stores in New York tend to be independent, family-named shops dating back generations?
How do they beat back bigger chains—do they own the buildings they’re in and therefore are immune to drastic rent hikes? Lure in customers with hard-to-find parts made for the city’s old buildings?
The number of independent drugstores, bookstores, and other shops keep dwindling, but these guys manage to stick around. Warshaw Hardware, on Third Avenue and 20th Street, has been holding court since before the Great Depression.
Shuttered on a recent weekday, S. Wolf still seems to be in business though—they have a Yelp page after all.
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