St. Pete Beach Hardware is closing this week, and that's sad news for fans of old-fashioned hardware stores. That includes us: Creative Loafing named it the area's "Best Old-Fashioned Hardware Store" in the Best of the Bay issue of 2006. Our description of the place from 2006 still rings true:
Whether youre in search of major DIY gear or just need a single nut of a certain size, the helpful staff here will know exactly where to find it and whether itll suit your needs. The down-home customer service isnt the only thing that provokes nostalgia; this place also smells exactly like all hardware stores used to smell. What is it? Sawdust? Turpentine? Whatever it is, it smells like home improvement.
The store, which is located at 320 75th Ave. in St. Pete Beach, is closing for business this Friday. The faltering economy is the reason, says owner Elaine Tyska: "Some things you just find very difficult to fight." She's hoping to sell as much of her inventory as possible before she closes, so hurry down for some bargains and to say goodbye.
Another note on a 2006 Best of the Bay winner: The snazzy furniture and design store Being, which we named "Best Home Store for When You've Overgrown Pier 1," is moving from Baywalk next month to a location closer to its Old Northeast customer base at 1575 Fourth St. N. The move is another blow to Baywalk, leaving one less reason to make the shopping complex a destination.