Unique Niche Ideas



Crystal Park Hardware & Firearms, Canton, Ohio — Firearms and ammunition, personal protection products.

Powers Do it Best Hardware, Beaver Island, Mich. — Veterinary services.

Godwin Hardware, Grand Rapids, Mich. — Hardware jewelry.

Build-Rite Do it Center, Rawlins, Wyo — Carhartt clothing and Radio Shack.

RK Miles, Manchester Center, Vt. — Art supplies.

Bill’s Ace Hardware, Martinez, Calif. — Operates a standalone store called Ace Truckbox Center that sells job-site and truck boxes, truck accessories, hitches, liquid transfer tanks and truck racks.

Essex Home Hardware, Essex, Ontario — Scrapbooking supplies, toys, floral shop, bottled water distillery.

Backlin Hardware, Mokena, Ill. — Yarn and needlecraft supplies.

Brewster Drug True Value, Brewster, Wash. — Full pharmacy.

Kortendick Ace Hardware, Racine, Wis. — Bait and tackle, underground sprinkler systems and dog fencing systems.

Mitchell Hardware, New Bern, N.C. — Pottery, enamel ware, cast-iron cookware, pecans and accessories for bird watching.

Pick & Shovel, Newport, Vt. — Maple sugaring supplies, pet supplies, major appliances, clothing, laundromat and seasonal ice cream stand.

Graafschap Hardware, Holland, Mich. — Rifles, handguns and ammunition.

Guse Hardware, Minneapolis, Minn. — Also operates the adjacent Guse Green Grocer, which specializes in locally sourced and organic foods.

Gust Ace Hardware, Longmont, Colo. — Postal station including rental of post office boxes.
Wilke-Donovan’s True Value, Kearney, Neb. — Batteries Plus.

Quality Ace Hardware, Durand, Mich. — Inkjet cartridge refilling.

Walker Home Center, Walker, Minn. — Docks, Radio Shack, wild bird, appliances and greenhouse.

Davis Ace Hardware, Davis, Calif. — Sells and installs solar photovoltaic systems.

Douglas Hardware Hank, Douglas, Wy. — Hunting and fishing licenses, Interstate Battery Power Center, giftware, clothing, ranch and pet.

Yoder’s Shipshewana Hardware, Shipshewana, Ind. — Glassware, hand-made furniture, graniteware, crockery and kitchen gadgets.

John Austin & Sons Ltd., Kinmount, Ontario — Custom-built docks and kayaks.

Backlin’s Hardware, Mokena, Ill. — Needlecraft supplies and hand-knitted items.

Old Forge Hardware, Old Forge, N.Y. — Books, toys, clothing, camping and fishing gear, yarn, gourmet food and hand-crafted furniture.

Brown’s Do it Center, Goodrich, Mich. — Archery shop with shooting range, paintball supplies and Goodrich Storage Facility.

Dunsmuir Hardware, Dunsmuir, Calif. — Gold prospecting supplies, model trains, music CDs, blue jeans, giftware, stationery and fishing gear.

Mac’s Hardware, Minot, N.D. — Sells 250 varieties of nostalgic soda pop.

American Eagle Superstore, Lansing, Mich. — Fireworks.

Kraus Department Store PRO Hardware, Erie, Pa. — Lamp shades, baby bonnets, Catholic communion dresses and post office.

Crile Road Hardware, Painesville, Ohio — ATV sales and service.

Hardman Supply Company, Spencer, W.Va. — Beekeeping supplies.
Fatica Hardware, Richmond Heights, Ohio — Sells and installs in-ground sprinkler and micro-irrigation systems.

Hartville Hardware, Hartville, Ohio — Christmas shop, clothing and footwear, John Deere shop, Hartville MarketPlace (110 vendors inside plus 20-acre flea market outside), salad dressing manufacturing, Hartville Collectibles (giftware, home decor, ladies apparel, art, jewelry), Hartville Kitchen (restaurant, bakery, candy shop, banquet facility).

Karp’s Hardware, East Northport, N.Y. — Truck rental, homebrew and winemaking supplies.

Kelseyville Lumber, Kelseyville, Calif. — Paintball supplies.

Cornell’s True Value, Eastchester, N.Y. — Homebrew and winemaking supplies, Horseman’s Corner equestrian shop.

Ace Hardware and Snake River Outdoor Sports, Pocatello, Idaho — Apparel, camping, hunting, fishing, footwear, sporting goods, beer and wine.

Joiner’s Discount Building Supply, Carthage, Mo. — Jewelry and school uniforms.

Keck Do it Best Hardware, Trenton, Mich. — Hobby trains, planes and cars.

Taylor Do it Best Building Supply, Eastpoint, Fla. — Saltwater sporting, marine and beach products; hurricane shutter installation.

Slanesville Store, Slanesville, W. Va. — Appliances, grocery, deli and pizza, beauty shop, gas station and video rental.

Southaven Supply, Southaven, Miss. — Operates Jewelry For Your Home (furniture, lamps, handbags and jewelry), The Outhouse (home décor and 100 different sinks and vanities), The Patio (patio sets, fountains and water features) and offers 1,200 different cabinet knobs in the hardware store.

Backstage Hardware & Theatre Supply, Boston, Mass. — Theatre and stage supplies; marine and fishing equipment and supplies.

The Henry Bierce Company, Tallmadge, Ohio — Outdoor kitchens; brick, cultured stone and mortar samples on display in The Brick Room.

Wise Do it Best Hardware, St. Clair, Mich. — Tropical and freshwater fish and supplies.

Hudson Do it Best Hardware, Hudson, Mich. — Marine products, grocery store, pizza franchise, pharmacy, bakery, tanning salon and catering business.

Kelton’s Hardware and Pet, Murfreesboro, Tenn. — High-end pet products, horse feed, commercial mowers, self-storage and self-serve dog wash.

Spring Glen Hardware, Hamden, Conn. — Shoe repair, fishing line, pie servers and poultry lacers.

Carvel Hardware, De Kalb Junction, N.Y. — Custom-engraved plaques and trophies.

Clearwater Builders Supply Do it Best, Kamiah, Idaho — High-end hunting and steelhead fishing supplies.

Ward Lumber, Jay, N.Y. — Baby chicks, feed, pet food and livestock equipment.

Winfield Hardware, Winfield, W.Va. — Guns and ammunition.

Pembroke True Value Hardware, Pembroke, N.C. — Big-screen TVs, furniture, appliances, hunting and fishing, rental, toys, housewares, workwear, fireplace accessories, bikes and vacuums.

Ben’s Supercenter and Do it Best Lumber & Supply, Brown City, Mich. — Fabric buildings, pole barns, fishing tackle, trailers and rifles. The 72,000-square-foot facility includes a grocery, bank, pharmacy, deli, screen printing and sign shop, Subway franchise and Buffalo Wings and Pizza restaurant. The Zyrowski family also operates a bison farm that sells bison meats.

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