(Toledo, OH) I am not a fan of big box retail stores, and I prefer to shop whenever possible at smaller, locally-owned businesses.
In response to a challenge by Lisa Renee at Glass City Jungle, I am nominating Janney's Ace Hardware at Secor and Alexis as my favorite locally-owned business.
I have never been able to stump the knowledgeable staff at Janney's when I have a home repair question. Someone in the store knows exactly what I need to fix a given problem.
Janney's also provides a host of extra services, such as pet licenses, fishing permits, equipment rental, and small engine repair.
Unlike the big chains, you don't need to buy a package of 500 bolts or washers when all you need is one. Take a small plastic bag, mark the quantity and price, and you are out the door.
I inverted the ACE sign above because Janney's used to bill itself as "The Upside-Down Place" until ACE made them stop flipping the logo. The store now has a Janney's sign turned upside down.
Janney's is located at 5761 Secor Road in Toledo, and they can be reached at (419)-473-1403.