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December 26, 2003 | Matt Gouras, Associated Press
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.
June 23, 2002 | MARK SWED
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."
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 | KAREN E. KLEIN
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.
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 | LESLIE EARNEST, Leslie Earnest covers retail businesses for The Times. She can be reached at (714) 966-7832 and at leslie
"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.
One Northeast Los Angeles resident called it a little gem, a place where you can proudly take out-of-town guests. And it is. But the grand opening Saturday of the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens--on the grounds of the lush and long-neglected former Lawry's California Center--marked more than the rebirth of a Southern California landmark.
February 23, 2000
John "Jack" Chapek, former hardware store owner, died Monday at his home in Santa Paula. He was 70. He was born June 6, 1929, in San Luis Obispo and moved to Santa Paula with his family when he was 5. He attended school in Santa Paula and graduated from Villanova High School in Ojai. From 1948 until 1953, he served in the Army and became a master sergeant. He received the Army Occupation Medal in Japan, the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star and the United Nations Service Medal.
August 12, 1999 | Associated Press
Sears Roebuck & Co. has decided against converting its 250 hardware stores nationwide to Orchard Hardware & Garden outlets after a test run in Ohio flopped. Customers of Sears' 10 Columbus-area hardware stores preferred the Sears name and product line, company spokesman Chuck Merydith said. Executives had hoped the Orchard format would attract more female shoppers, but that didn't happen, he said.
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