Washington, DC

by Prince Of Petworth February 3, 2020 at 1:01 pm 0

1240 Upshur St, NW

From an email:

“On Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 Annie’s Ace Hardware in Petworth will become Petworth Ace Hardware. Owner and operator Anne Stom has sold the store to the A Few Cool Hardware Stores group, owned by Gina Schafer and Marc Friedman.

Stom opened Annie’s Ace Hardware eight years ago, on Feb. 8, 2012. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 19, 2017 at 9:30 am 26 Comments


From a press release:

“John Weintraub, owner of Frager’s Hardware on Capitol Hill since 1975, has announced plans to sell the business to the owners of Logan Hardware. Formally a member of the True Value Cooperative, Frager’s will join the Ace Hardware Cooperative as the twelfth store operated by A Few Cool Hardware Stores, a group of 11 Ace stores located in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Takoma Park, MD and Alexandria, VA.

Founded in 2003 with flagship store Logan Hardware, AFCHS owners Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman are thrilled to add the store and its preexisting staff to their family of stores and roughly 300 employees. Aside from bringing the company’s unique blend of personal, knowledgeable and helpful service and home maintenance expertise to the Capitol Hill community, customers can expect to see the same local charm that’s drawn customers to its doors since it opened in 1920. “Marc and I are extremely proud to continue the Frager’s legacy on Capitol Hill. We have admired John and his operation since the day we opened our first location in 2003 and are looking forward to meeting our new community,” says Schaefer. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm 0

Ed. Note: “Frager’s joined the Ace Hardware Cooperative as the twelfth store operated by A Few Cool Hardware Stores.”

From an email:

“Event Details: Frager’s BBQ Cookout & Retirement Celebration!
Date: Tuesday, June 20
Time: 5pm-7pm
Location: Frager’s Hardware, 1323 E St. SE

Join us as we celebrate John & Fran Weintraub’s 40+ years as owners of Frager’s Hardware with a Farewell BBQ! 5% of sales during the event will be donated to Capitol Hill Community Foundation @CapHillFound, one of John & Fran’s favorite local nonprofits.

Festivities Include: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm 17 Comments

2251 Wisconsin Ave NW via Glover Park Hardware’s Facebook page

From a press release:

“After 10 years at its current location, neighborhood staple Glover Park Hardware is closing its doors on Wisconsin Avenue. The store’s official last day of business at its current location is scheduled for January 15, 2015.

Glover Park Hardware opened in 2005, the second of nine Ace Hardware stores opened in DC and Baltimore by A Few Cool Hardware Stores’ owners Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman. The owners decided to relocate the store when they were unable to renegotiate the lease, which expires at the end of the year. “We have really enjoyed our spot in Glover Park but it’s time for us to move. We love our Glover Park Community and are committed to reopening in this neighborhood,” says Schaefer.

The company is actively looking for a new location for Glover Park Hardware and hopes to find a storefront where they can expand to meet the needs of their customers. Updates regarding the store’s move will be posted on their website at www.acehardwaredc.com, and will also be sent out periodically via email and social media. To stay informed on the store’s move and relocation, please contact us via email at [email protected]

by Prince Of Petworth August 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm 24 Comments

1416 P Street, NW

From a press release:

After 12 years in its current location, neighborhood staple Logan Hardware is closing its doors on P Street to relocate to 1734 14th St. NW. The official last day for the store is scheduled for August 15, 2014.

Logan Hardware opened in 2003, the first of nine Ace Hardware stores opened in DC and Baltimore by A Few Cool Hardware Stores’ owners Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman. Schaefer admits that while opening a hardware store was never what she expected to do for a living, it quickly developed into a passion during her first few years at Logan Hardware. “Logan Circle was the best place to open our first location. It gave us our start and helped shape who we are as a company,” said Schaefer. “We hope to never leave.”

Though the storefront on P Street will be missed by staff and neighbors, the new location boasts an additional 4,000 sq. feet of retail space, an outdoor garden center, a conference room for DIY workshops, and 1,500 sq. feet of office space. “Our new space will allow us to expand some of our great departments, offer community classes and meeting space, and give us a chance to do so much more for the neighborhood we love,” Schaefer said.

The new location will celebrate the move to 14th St. with a grand opening event once the store is up and running in the new space. To RSVP for the event and receive updates on the store’s move, please email [email protected]

moving to the right of the future West Elm in photo above, 1734 14th Street, NW

by Prince Of Petworth June 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm 11 Comments

2616 Connecticut Ave, NW

On Monday we learned that an Ace Hardware would be taking over the former CVS space at 2616 Connecticut Ave, NW. From a press release:

Ace Hardware signed a lease Thursday, June 21 and is set to open mid-August 2012 at 2616 Connecticut Avenue in the former CVS space.

Woodley Park Ace is the sixth D.C. metro location for local entrepreneurs Gina Schaefer and Marc Friedman – the couple has three more stores in Baltimore that round out their retail group known as “A Few Cool Hardware Stores.” The 3,800-square-foot space will be built out using Ace’s new “express” model, which caters to stores that are less than 4,000 square feet.

It’s a perfect fit for the smaller storefronts along this section of Connecticut Ave. “For years, residents have asked us to open in Woodley Park, but it was never a good match for Ace’s typical urban store model, which requires a larger footprint,” said Schaefer, who first opened Logan Hardware in 2003. “We know the new model and the location’s proximity to metro and bus lines will be perfect for this bustling community. Neighbors can pop in on their way to and from work and quickly get what they need.”

The size won’t hinder the group’s product offering, which caters to customers looking for a little bit of everything. The store will house more than 20,000 products, including basic hardware, lawn & garden, plumbing, patio furniture & grills, pet supplies, and more. Customers will also benefit from a menu of specialty services like key cutting, tool rentals, paint matching and blade sharpening. Like all of the “cool hardware stores,” Woodley Park Ace hopes to become the community’s home-maintenance hub.

“We can’t wait to join the other businesses on Connecticut Ave. and meet all of our new residential neighbors and, of course, their dogs!” Schaefer said, noting that Woodley Park Ace is a dog-friendly establishment.

by Prince Of Petworth June 14, 2010 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

Photo courtesy of Old Takoma Business Association

This is great news for Takoma Park. From a press release:

The transformation of Old Takoma continues with the opening of Old Takoma Ace Hardware at 7001 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park. The store is a part of the group “A Few Cool Hardware Stores” with six other locations in DC and Baltimore, and operates as an independently owned retailer under the Ace Hardware cooperative. This new location has more than 7,500 square feet of retail space with ample parking in back as well as convenient metro accessibility (Takoma Metro Red Line).

Old Takoma Ace is the first suburban store for the group. “We chose Takoma Park for a variety of reasons,” co-owner Gina Schaefer explained. “We prefer vibrant urban locations with a lot of foot traffic. We thought that the residents of Takoma Park would appreciate and understand our business model.”

The store will offer a diverse inventory of more than 25,000 products that will include eco-friendly brands to cater to the green sensibility of the Takoma Park community like no-VOC Mythic paint, Mrs. Meyer’s and Seventh Generation cleaning products, and organic fertilizers from Jobe’s. Old Takoma Ace will also offer specialty services including key cutting, paint matching, glass and wood cutting, and screen repair, plus tool rentals and an enhanced lawn-and-garden section to help customers tackle those weekend projects. Indeed, the store endeavors to be not just a place to stock up on hammers and nails, but to become the community’s home-maintenance hub.

About A Few Cool Hardware Stores: A Few Cool Hardware Stores is comprised of Old Takoma Ace Hardware in Takoma Park, Logan, Glover Park, Tenleytown Ace and 5th Street Ace Hardware in Washington, DC, and Waverly Ace and Federal Hill Ace in Baltimore, MD. The stores are part of the national Ace Hardware co-operative. This means they are locally owned establishments that bring jobs to and keep business in the local economy.


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