EVERETT — Talk about screwed up.
The back room at this Ace Hardware store is a hotbed of screws, bolts, washers, fasteners, plugs, grommets and whatchamacallits.
It even has a name: The Nut House.
What’s up with that?
Ace owner Judith Pyle said the back room was a natural place to keep the nuts and bolts when she opened the store six years ago in Claremont Village plaza next to the QFC.
“The architecture of the building lends itself to this room being separate,” she said.
The name nailed it. “We were throwing out names, and this one just stuck,” Pyle said. “Other stores have an aisle. We have our own little nut house.”
Pyle’s aunt made the crafty painted wooden Nut House sign that hangs by the entrance to the haven of hardware bits.
But first you have to find it. Pass by the popcorn machine near the store’s entrance (grab a free bag) and head down the center aisle of paint, plungers, holiday decor and other trimmings of humanity.
At the end, turn left at the directional arrow pointing the way to The Nut House.
Some customers make a beeline there on a mission for a specific piece. Others come to browse through the bins and drawers of loose odds, ends and wonders. It’s like stepping into a giant jewelry box filled with gleaming silver and gold gems.
“It’s a marvelous place,” said customer Terry Chism of Everett. “You can find anything and everything. If I need a bolt that is just a smidgen longer, I come in here and get it. If you’re used to fixing things and doing things with your hands, this is the place to come.”