Many years ago I met an automotive journalist and racing driver named Denise McCluggage. In the course of an all-too-brief conversation Denise made a comment to the effect that you can tell a lot about a town by its hardware store. As a guy who’d rather hang out in a hardware store than just about anywhere else, her statement rang true.
A few months ago our beloved downtown Paul’s Ace Hardware moved out of the Albertson’s shopping center at Scottsdale Road and Thomas to a larger store location farther south, just above McDowell Road.
Fortunately, the other reasons–including genuinely helpful and knowledgeable staff, and real hardware that you can’t always find at a big box store–are still compelling.
Another reason I liked the old location was the proximity to the chain bagel shop next door. I could have breakfast and coffee with the family before browsing the aisles of Paul’s. Again, fortunately, Paul’s has taken a step to address this as well: They have a real espresso machine and a real barista on staff!
Megan has extensive experience in the coffee business, and–like all the folks at Paul’s–demonstrates great enthusiasm for her work. Paul’s has their own “Builder’s Blend” of loose-leaf tea (it smelled wonderful) and locally-roasted coffee beans. Megan’s pastries looked great, too, though I’d already eaten breakfast and hadn’t ridden my bike enough to justify having one.
I love the fact that Paul’s celebrates their history in the community with great vintage photos around the store.
Here’s a little more about the history of Paul’s Hardware from their website:
Paul E. Dauwalder established his first hardware store in downtown Scottsdale way back in 1956 at the Northwest corner of Thomas and Scottsdale Roads.
With a sales area of approximately 1,800 square feet it only took two years for the business to outgrow itself, so it was moved to a larger building farther north on Scottsdale Road.
Eight years later the company expanded again and moved to the old post office location on 4th Street. Thirty-six years later in February of 1992, the Scottsdale store moved back to its roots, this time to the Southeast corner of Scottsdale and Thomas Roads.
20 years and the end of a lease was approaching and we needed to find a new home, and we did. New Years Eve 2011/2012 we moved our Scottsdale and Thomas location to our new home at 1800 N. Scottsdale Road, just north of the Post Office. We are loving it here!Paul Dauwalder worked up until he passed away in 1991. His son Don then took the reins and oversaw the company’s expansion. Don retired in late 2008 and his daughter Julie Buchkowski is now our driving force.
We are three generations strong (working on the fourth) and aim to keep in it for the long haul!
Paul’s Ace Hardware
1800 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Phone: 480.947.7281, Fax: 480.941.5621
Hours: 6:30am-8pm Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm Sun