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One of the city’s oldest hardware stores is a Detroit Gem

June 11 2013 | 1 comment

The storefront on Woodward near West Grand Boulevard has changed some over the years.

The helpful, friendly service that has been a hallmark of the Detroit Hardware Company’s success continues.

It’s a bit of a step back in time.

“People tell us it smells like a hardware store too when they walk in,” Detroit Hardware Company co-owner Emily Webster said.

Authentic–that’s the Detroit Hardware Company.

The floors are wood–and to this day–expand and contract depending on the humidity level present in the building.

The original tin ceilings remain as well.

After 89 years in business, much remains the same at Detroit Hardware Company–starting with the service customers receive.

“You can come in and kind of describe what you want even if you don’t know what it’s called and we will figure it out. That’s what we do,” Webster told Detroit 2020.

You need paint–they’ve got it. Tools? Check. Housewares and household products–they stock those as well.

“Blinds, drill bits, screws, you name it, I’ve purchased it here, for rent signs, a little bit of everything,” said store customer Andre.

As the business grew–retail space was added on the second floor–and the expansion continued into the adjacent building.

Emily Webster has been working in the store since she was in high school. Her family co-owns the store.

Many neighborhood hardware stores in the city closed long ago–but Detroit Hardware Company continues to fill the needs of the New Center community.

“If I can get something in 15 minutes versus taking an half an hour ride then I’d rather get it around the corner in 15 minutes and get back to the actual work, which is what this is all about,” Andre said.

“We’re here for what you need and when you need it,” Webster told us.

The Detroit Hardware Company is located at 6432 Woodward Avenue.

Click here to go to the Detroit Hardware Company website.

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  1. Amy June 11, 2013

    I am a proud employee of Detroit Hardware! Great piece on a true city gem!


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