At the Marine Supply and Hardware store in Anacortes, the early 1900’s blends nicely with 2019. Both the business and the building are over a hundred years old, the store continues to thrive as one of the oldest marine hardware stores in the country. This historic hardware business keeps abreast of the times, offering the latest marine hardware items along with those special antique treasures.
Started in 1910 by Greek immigrant Efthemios (Mike) Demopoulous as the Anacortes Junk Co. the business lasted through three generations before it sold to Lea Mayberry, owner of Alley Cat Antiques. One of the keys to success for this long-standing marine business is how quickly they adapt. They have managed to change with the times, while maintaining their true character.
What started out as a supplier for the commercial fishing industry and the local mills, now caters mostly to tourists who come from all over the globe just to see this iconic place. One of the main attractions of Marine Hardware Supply is its unique collection of hardware. They will often put the oddest items out front to stimulate people’s imaginations.
“The reason why we sell so many odd things, is because we have so many odd things,” said Store Manager Rick Sohn.
Rick Sohn has been with the Marine Hardware & Supply store for thirty-one years. His years of knowledge in the marine and hardware industry provide an invaluable service for store customers. With the combined experience and “know-how” from store clerks, Larry Norman and Jack Curl, the team can answer just about any question a boater or non-boater throws at them. Do-it-yourselfers appreciate the local knowledge and friendly service.
What do boaters love about this business?
When asked what item is most popular in their store, the answer was a surprise — gloves, hats, and t-shirts, followed by knives and books.
In today’s world, it’s rare to find a small business that remains successful through changing times, while retaining its character and meeting its customers’ needs.
Happy treasure hunting the next time you find yourself in the Marine Hardware & Supply store in Anacortes.
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