Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fall Clean Up!

Now that the cooler weather has arrived here in mountain area it's time for Fall Clean-up!

Do your shopping locally at North Fork Hardware for all of your cleaning, weatherizing and organizing needs.

If you don't see it in the store, ask Hardware Bob to order it for you!

© Copyright 2009 North Fork Hardware News

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tickets Available for NFCoC Dinner & Auction

Buy Your Tickets @
North Fork Hardware

33029 Main Street
(559) 877-2332

for the
North Fork Chamber of Commerce
Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser

Saturday, July 25th 2009 5:30pm at Town Hall

Saturday evening July 25th, The North Fork Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual fundraiser Dinner and Auction at the Town Hall. They have some fabulous items up for auction. Be prepared for a memorable evening of classy food and fun. Dinner is your choice of Tri Tip, Turkey or a delicious Vegetarian selection.

Pre-Sale Tickets are $13.00 each

Dinner/Auction Information:
877-2410, 877-3088

© Copyright 2009 North Fork Hardware News

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

History of North Fork Hardware

The historic brick and mortar, 2500 square foot vaulted roof building, presently housing North Fork Hardware, was built in 1948 by Dot & Jack Griffin.

The vaulted, full dimension roof beams can be seen in the attic above the store and were likely milled at the local North Fork lumber mill.

A newly developed brick, called “puma stone”, was used in the construction, and was manufactured in Friant. The same brick was also used to construct the Sierra Video store building across the street owned by the Betty Family. Several local North Fork masons and laborers were hired to construct these buildings.

From time to time, Old Timers shopping at North Fork Hardware have claimed that they actually had laid the brick and mortar on the building. There is a Lincoln penny, dated 1952, glued into the grout line on the left side of the store front apparently by one of those brick masons. It was revealed only recently where the penny was located by a granddaughter of one of the masons, and sure enough, after removing several layers of paint, the 1952 copper penny reappeared.

The store, never the less, was built in 1948, so the date differences remain a mystery. Daylight still peeks occasionally through the aged mortar. Substantial cement piers were poured in the basement several years ago to reinforce the brick walls.

The building was the first major commercial structure of its size in North Fork. Smaller adjacent buildings, now called the Looney Bin, owned by Ann Bredon, and the American Claims Service building were built several years later. All records indicate a hardware store business has always occupied the building. Thanks to the memory of Florence Hoskins, Randy Cohlan, and Ginny Smith of the North Fork History Group, much of the historical information has been recovered for history buffs.

A gap remains between the 1948 construction date and the historical information presented. We are still gathering data, stay tuned.

1959-1979 Hoskins Hardware - Florence & Linn Hoskins were the proprietors.

The north side of the building was partitioned for Wenham’s Drug Store, which later moved next door to what is now the American Claims Service building. The drug store side of the building, then empty, was converted to a fully functional laundry facility. The Hoskins not only ran the hardware store, but also did camp laundry for the High Sierra camp grounds, and it became a booming, lucrative business until water problems required the business to be shut down.

1975-1979 North Fork Ace Hardware - Karen & Ray Harvick owned and operated the store as proprietors.

1979-1991 North Fork Ace Hardware - The building and business were purchased from the Harvick’s by Bob and Loretta Mckee, transplants from southern California. The McKees, honored as the 2006 Logger’s Jamboree Grand Marshals, built the business up during the heydays of a booming lumber mill until 1991, when they sold the hardware business to their son, Robert McKee (Bob).

Bob McKee owns and operates North Fork Hardware to this day. Classic old black and white photographs of Wenham’s Drug Store and the original hardware store building can be seen displayed on the walls inside North Fork Hardware.

© Copyright 2009 North Fork Hardware News

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dr. Bronner's Organic Bar Soap

New Dr. Bronner's Bar Soaps

We now carry Dr. Bronner's bar soap in many assorted scents. All smell fresh and are just in time for Spring. Dr. Bronner's is a well known brand that I first heard about from one of my massage therapy clients. He really liked their liquid peppermint soap. I was thrilled to find that Dr. Bronner's makes bar soap as well as the liquid, and in a variety of scents.

These bars are "certified fair trade" and are made with organic oils. We are excited to be able to offer this soap along with the big bars of NobleTouch Naturals aromatherapy soap that are so popular with our customers.

Dr. Bronner's soap may be purchased from North Fork Hardware on Main Street or directly from NobleTouch Naturals either locally or by mail order.

Come on in and see our great selection of other natural products for you and your home!

© Copyright 2009 North Fork Hardware News

Friday, April 10, 2009

Springtime Sale

Gardener's Potting Bench now only $199 during our Springtime sale, normally priced at $250.

This fabulous potting bench is locally handcrafted in North Fork by McGowan's Mountain. It is manufactured from weather resistant redwood and cedar, includes two removable tubs that can be filled with soil, water and amendments for easy access during potting. They can also be used for tool storage when the bench is not actively in use.

The work bench top is multipurpose, adjustable for full platform work, or access to the left or right tubs as shown above. The top and bottom shelves are fixed and can be used for storing gardening accessories.

Visit us soon and take advantage of our Springtime sales going on.

© Copyright 2009 North Fork Hardware News

Thursday, April 9, 2009

New Green Department

It's Springtime and North Fork Hardware has gone green.

Visit our brand new

You'll find lots of interesting pre-owned goodies added to the shelves; from camping stoves to stereos, something useful or fun for everyone.

Check out our absolutely rock bottom recycle prices, and enjoy a "free" cup of coffee while you're shopping.

Inventory changes occur weekly, we look forward to seeing you.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Going Green!


Come in to North Fork Hardware and see our new Going Green section that features earth friendly products, gently used and previously owned items. Now is the time to save money on the things you need and use most. We have household appliances, energy efficient light bulbs, natural cleaners and ant sprays to name just a few. The inventory changes weekly.