From a press release:
“This week the Brookland neighborhood will witness the passing of the hammer, er, torch as Annie’s Ace Hardware opens and Brookland True Value closes shop after 35 years. To staff her second store, Anne Stom, the owner of Annie’s Ace Hardware has hired all of the employees from the former Brookland True Value hardware store. “We are thrilled to be able to continue providing the knowledgeable service that community residents have experienced at Brookland Hardware in an updated environment,” said Stom. “Between these six employees, we have gained over 100 years of retail hardware experience that will enhance our ability to serve the Brookland community”.
In addition, Howard Politzer, owner of the former Brookland Hardware has been hired to serve as a Senior Advisor for both locations of Annie’s Ace Hardware. Howard is eager to teach his skills to a younger group of people. “Annie and I believe that the expertise that I have developed over the years can be passed on to her employees to create a true hardware store experience for customers by providing services that cannot be replicated in a big box store.”
The new Annie’s Ace Hardware will open on November 10 and is the second location for the popular neighborhood hardware store. The first location opened in the Petworth neighborhood to rousing success in 2012.
“Our mission is to provide customers with convenience combined with superior service through one-on-one expert advice and assistance,” said Stom. “This mission is something that both Howard and I are committed to continuing in Brookland.” The new store is located on 8th Street, NE, between Monroe and Lawrence Street in the Menkiti Building.
The new 7,400 square-foot Annie’s Hardware-Brookland store will be packed with thousands of essential products and supplies from the most respected brand names and best-selling items in the home improvement marketplace, including Benjamin Moore paints, Weber grills, Mrs. Myer’s earth-friendly cleaning products, a complete line of canning supplies, Craftsman tools, and other premium products. Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will also offer many of the same services neighbors expect from Brookland Hardware, such as key cutting, screen repair, glass and Plexiglas cutting, and propane exchange. For the neighborhood’s active gardening community, the store will also include a 1,000 square-foot garden center, which will feature plants native to the region.
Thomas Vedrody, the current Manager of the Annie’s Hardware-Petworth, will manage and co-own the new store. “As we have set up the new store, I have had the opportunity to meet many residents and business owners in Brookland and have been gratified by their enthusiasm for our new endeavor. It has also been a pleasure getting to know the staff from Brookland Hardware …I have already gained a lot of knowledge by working with them and am very excited that we will be able to provide continuity of service to the Brookland and Edgewood communities,” Vedrody said
Annie’s Ace Hardware – Brookland:
Store Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 3405 8th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017, just south of Monroe Street Market”