April 4, 2006 |
True Value Co. Chief Executive Lyle Heidemann spends a lot of his time shopping these days -- and that's a good thing for a chain that had lost its way in retail. Roaming the aisles of big-box competitors and other retailers that have put hundreds of its member stores out of business, Heidemann and True Value are actively on the prowl for more customers after a restructuring that has cleaned up its financial problems and given it new momentum.
August 4, 2005 |
The London suicide bombers cooked up their explosives using mundane items, such as hydrogen peroxide. They stored them in a fancy commercial refrigerator that was out of place in their grimy apartment. And cellphones were probably used to set the bombs off. Those details from the July 7 London bombing emerged Wednesday at a wide-ranging briefing given by the New York Police Department to city business leaders.
December 26, 2003 |
When the family-run Power Townsend hardware store here heard that the goliath of home improvement was moving to town, owner Mike Wall decided to ignore the pundits and take Home Depot Inc. head on. Instead of scaling back, as some experts recommend when so-called big-box stores move in, or folding, as at least one other local hardware store did before Home Depot broke ground in Helena, Wall went big.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2003 |
More than 80 years after Belmont Shore materialized on the outskirts of Long Beach, small-town life lingers there along 2nd Street, where residents can walk to much they might need. They can shops for toys, pick up dry-cleaning, buy a cigar, eat in or take out. They can stroll home with a box of galvanized nails -- for now. Billings Paint & Hardware may soon be priced off 2nd Street.
June 23, 2002 |
On a spring evening in 1951, a budding 16-year-old pianist with an interest in engineering went to hear John Cage play one of his most famous pieces, the "Sonatas and Interludes" for prepared piano, at the Women's Club Auditorium in Denver. "The concert blew me away," James Tenney says, seated at a prepared piano in his studio at CalArts, as he demonstrates the exquisite clinks, plinks and thuds that Cage produced by wedging bolts or bits of rubber or plastic between the strings of the piano.
January 13, 2002
Re "Hardware Seller Sizes Up a New Rival: Wal-Mart," Dec. 28: With regard to his column whining about Wal-Mart, Dana Parsons needs to spend more time in Huntington Beach talking to activists on both sides of the issue. His selective research and fuzzy conclusion that big bad Wal-Mart is to sound the death knell of poor little Crown Hardware insults the intelligence of the citizens of Huntington Beach and the integrity of its City Council. Parsons implies that the council approved the project in the face of "public protest."
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December 31, 2001
A gun-wielding robber, his face obscured by white theater makeup, stole more than $1,100 from an Irvine hardware store and then fled on foot Sunday evening. No one was injured in the 6:20 p.m. heist at the Ace Hardware on Culver Drive, police said. The thief, who is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs about 220 pounds, also was wearing a black fishing hat and trench coat, police said. With a chrome handgun at the ready, he cleaned out the two cash registers at the front of the store, Sgt.
June 11, 2001 |
Adrienne Morea, 48, ran a jewelry company with her sister for more than a decade. Then one weekend, when the New Jersey native was remodeling her kitchen, she decided to replace her worn-out cabinet knobs and wound up creating 20 stylish pieces. A new business was born. She finessed the transition from the designer boutiques of the fashion jewelry world to the male-dominated hardware industry by relying on her experience and business instincts.
May 19, 2001 |
Don't be alarmed if you see someone tapping clay flowerpots and listening to the sounds they make when you're at your neighborhood hardware store. It could be percussionist Brett Reed getting ready for his solo program, "Metal, Clay and Skin," Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills. Reed uses pots, aluminum bars and other hardware as part of his arsenal of percussion instruments. "All of them can be tuned," the Long Beach-based percussionist said recently.
May 9, 2000 |
"Who's got an idea for a store?" That's what HomeBase Inc. managers and consultants began asking each other during brainstorming sessions last November. The result: a new store named House 2 Home that will focus on home furnishings, garden supplies and outdoor furniture.