I was glad to have an opportunity to stop in at Edgartown Hardware's new headquarters yesterday, out at the former Old Colony building on the West Tisbury Road, in case you haven't heard.
My first reaction? It smells brand new, like a new car, fresh off the lot.
The new store is nothing if not spacious, with long, wide aisles and lots of room for more of everything; more paint, more paint brushes; more drawers of screws, more tools; a better-than-ever garden department, and new stuff, too, including a new line of bathroom accoutrements, and an entire room dedicated to color and design, and another large room that will feature seasonal products. The store's manager, Jonathan Polleys, is also thrilled that, among the many other improvements, everything is within easy reach, which means no more using long poles to grab items from high places. Amenities also include plenty of parking and complimentary coffee.
It will take some getting used to - the intimacy and history of the Main Street store are noticeably missing, and it does feel a bit like being in California in there - but John and Pat Montes have done a splendid job with their new store (and with breathing new life into an old building). Congratulations, John and Pat, and best wishes for every success.
Co-owner John Montes and manager, Jon Polleys.
More drawers of screws, nuts, bolts, and washers than ever.
I love tools.
The new color design center.
A little old with the new.
I can just imagine Mae Wannamaker behind this big, new counter.