There’s something about the creak of a wooden floor, warped from supporting decades of hardware on shelves and customers stalking that one, particular item. Independent hardware stores like this are harder to find these days, but if you use the same patience needed to exactly match a fastener, you can still find them in Minnesota. These are a few of our favorites.
Like a traditional small-town hardware store needs to be, Buck’s is a little bit of everything: Sporting goods, fishing tips, gas for boats and cars, and of course, hardware. This is exactly the kind of store that a town of fewer than 1,500 residents which sees thousands of visitors every year needs. A place with a little bit of something for everyone.
Kingsley’s had us at “mercantile.” Located so close to the environs of “Little House on the Prairie,” what else could a hardware store that sells everything from dry goods to dryers call itself? Walking in to Kingsley Mercantile is like walking into a hardware store dream scape.
When you’re in the North Woods, on the Canadian border, you need to be well-stocked to keep the local builders, tinkerers, and DIYers happy. Northern Lumber & Hardware does just that. Not only are they a full-service lumberyard, they’ve also got that bolt that you need to fix the 20-year-old basketball backboard in your driveway.
This beloved neighborhood hardware store is small and packed to the gills, but that’s exactly what a neighborhood hardware store should be. The folks who live near Bryant Hardware love the service and the store’s deep (if tightly packed) selection of merchandise. It’s “the biggest little hardware store in Minneapolis.”
Guse Hardware is a product of a neighborhood that cares for local businesses. Apart from gas stations, there’s not a chain retailer within blocks of Guse. Plus it’s in one of those gorgeous storefronts that evoke the smalltown hardware store that we all aspire toward visiting when looking for an adhesive or drillbit.