Best Of 2021

Best place to get some love with your wood: Anderson Lumber

Anderson Lumber

This ramshackle establishment is, proudly, a lumber yard. Nothing big-box about it. (No wallpaper here.) During the isolation and gloom and fits and starts and teases of the pandemic, home improvement projects have become quite the thing—and people be doin’ it for themselves. If you’re one of those folks, you owe it to yourself to hit up this place, which has been in business since 1908—and looks it: faded signage, a pothole-pitted driveway, a long narrow shed filled with all kinds of wood, pallets of boards haphazardly arrayed outside, a rustic office with a cat on the counter. Anderson Lumber’s amiable personnel will work with you on your project(s)—even if you’re just this side of clueless. And they’ll rummage through their extensive stock of pieces left over from other jobs to try and save you money. andersonlumberstpete.com