Country Ace Hardware
October 27, 2017
Out on Granby's western end you will find one of the most unique business establishments in Grand County, Country Ace Hardware.
Country Ace Hardware is owned and operated by Amy Kaplanis, who purchased the store from her parents in 2015. While Country Ace Hardware might ostensibly be just another hardware store, ask any of their regular customers about the shop and they will tell you it is so much more. The atmosphere at Country Ace is quaint and relaxed with a neighborly feel that will make you think you stumbled into Mayberry.
The store's sizable gift shop, friendly staff, and free popcorn are just a few of the unique aspects of Country Ace. Patrons visiting the store often take their four-legged friends on shopping excursions down the aisles and you will find a wide selection of outdoor gear, cooking supplies, and vintage sodas alongside their standard hardware store fare.
Country Ace employs upwards of 40 people during the summer high season but even when things are busy the staff at Country Ace focuses on customer service.
"We are Ace, the helpful place," Kaplanis said. "We don't want to break our promise to our customers, so to us helpfulness – and helping our customers – is the most important thing we have to do everyday. We want to have a fun work environment and part of that is having fun with the customers. We are all neighbors."