Business Profile: Hart’s Hardware

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | Hart's Hardware owner Lisa Jerome (right, front) with sons (rear from left) Matt Jerome and Stephen Jerome, and staff members Joe Zawoysky (rear right) and Laura Kettenbeil (front left).

Owners: Lisa Jerome and Karen Goodale
Year established: 1996
Location: 50000 Main Road, Southold
Phone: 631-765-2122
Number of employees: 4
Open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hart’s Hardware is a family-run store that has provided its customers with quality hardware and household items since 1996. The store has been in the same location since before the 1960s, when the Smith brothers used it as a storeroom for their building supplies. Les Hart opened it as a hardware store, then Don Spates ran it, then Bill Goodale, now deceased, became the owner and ran it for 10 years. Though he died in 2006, his wife, Karen, and his daughter, Lisa, have kept the store running and have even managed to expand it.

Nuts, bolts, keys, screens, paint, and a full line of electrical and plumbing supplies are some of the many items at Hart’s Hardware. Services such as glass-cutting are also available to customers.

“A local place with local people, Hart’s is a true small-town hardware store,” Ms. Jerome said. “We have ties to the community, we live and work in this town and can be seen at the market or school.”

“We give true value,” she continued. “Our motto is ‘start right, start here.’ ”