Morning Brief: Hardware Store Memorialized

Nichols Hardware is a 95-year-old family-run operation in Purcellville. Now longtime customers have decided to make a documentary of the place to memorialize it.

The film follows a year in the life of the store, and the filmmakers hope to draw audiences who share their amazement that such an establishment persists in the era of big-box chains.

Tara Bahrampour writes:

"The smell inside Nichols Hardware is a bouquet of rubber and sawdust with metal undertones. It is a smell you might remember from childhood if you are old enough to remember dialing a rotary telephone.

There is something in the sum of the store's parts that makes people take notice: the handwritten receipt after each transaction; a clerk's instinctual memory for which one of a thousand drawers contains a certain size bolt; the careful deliberation of an employee thinking about how to get rid of a mouse odor."

In housing news, dozens of demonstrators with the community group ACORN barged into a District office that auctions foreclosed homes in upscale Chevy Chase yesterday and shut it down for an hour, chanting "No sales here."

The protest mirrored others around the country against foreclosures.

By Alejandro Lazo  |  February 11, 2009; 9:33 AM ET  | Category:  Economy Watch , Morning Brief
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