One of the gems of Black Mountain is Town Hardware. It used to be that every town in America had its own “Town Hardware“, but as suburban development took place, the retail landscape changed and many of these smaller hardware stores closed up due to competition from national retailers. But not here in Black Mountain. Town Hardware is alive and well, and Sunday’s edition of the Black Mountain News featured a full page article on owners Peter and Beth Ballhaussen.
Not only are Peter and Beth the owners, but they are also property owners here in Creston and are very active in the community. They knew they wanted to relocate from Hickory to Black Mountain, but also wanted a business to keep them occupied. Town Hardware fit the bill. When they discovered the prior owners were looking to sell, Peter and Beth purchased the business. That was two years ago and its been a great ride.
The store has been in operation for decades and now encompasses three storefronts, one of which was a drug store and another that was a five and dime store. Peter and Beth have added new product lines and expanded their offerings from the typical. A recent addition is the Book Nook, located in a small loft area upstairs in one section which features many books of local interest. Neighboring Tyson’s Furniture has even provided a comfortable rocker so one can read a book in comfort. Of course the rocker is for sale too.
The store has everything from gifts and such for local tourists including a wide selection of hard to find soft drinks and specialty food items. There is a fully equipped hardware section with just about everything one might need for the household and building projects. There’s also an extensive gardening section along with a great selection of small scale camping gear. Earlier this year, Peter and Beth added an outdoor display area in the rear featuring grills.
Most visitors don’t realize that although this is a small town hardware store, Peter and Beth have made Town Hardware a member of the “Do It Best” cooperative. This is a business cooperative that serves the needs of small hardware stores around the country, allowing them to pool their purchasing power in order to keep prices low for customers. Its like having access to Lowe’s or Home Depot, but with a much more personal buying experience. This also allows them to order just about anything one might need if its not in the store.
So stop by Town Hardware sometime soon and say hello to Peter and Beth. They and their friendly and knowledgeable staff will delighted to see you.