Favorite

Alluring hardware stores 

Old-fashioned, fascinating and jammed.

click to enlarge READY TO GO: Kraftco's sleds.
  • READY TO GO: Kraftco's sleds.
True, honest-to-goodness, old-fashioned hardware stores — not the (sometimes) scary mega-warehouses like Home Depot and Lowe’s — are of incredible interest to me. It’s the eclectic collection of things you can buy there, all crammed into one small space, that grabs my shopping attention. It was in a crowded hardware store in Genoa, Italy, that my husband and I found an inexpensive mezzaluna, a half-moon shaped knife used to chop herbs. We had searched the city’s medieval twisting streets for half the day before we asked the locals in broken Italian where we could find a knife store, and that’s where they sent us. Kraftco Hardware (6711 Cantrell Road, 666-5471) is where I’d send a visitor from out of town if they were looking for things like cast iron cookware, galvanized metal watering cans or old-fashioned push-mowers, all in an old-fashioned setting. The store’s been in business since 1950, and I imagine little has changed since then. There are several friendly and knowledgeable people on staff to point you in the right direction. When asked by a customer if the store carried painting supplies, I overheard the salesperson reply in the affirmative and then say, “We’ll put you in the painting mood.” Sleds were on display near the front door, in time for Christmas and the snow predicted for later in the week. Nearby were snow shovels for $21.98. For those who like to stay inside by the fire during freezing temperatures, Kraftco carries a large selection of fireplace accessories, from screens to tools in brass and black finishes. For warmer weather pursuits, there are barbecue grill accessories and tool kits, various sizes and types of pruning shears, potting soil, hoes, rakes and spades. A tabletop grill is $5.98. You’ll find the cast iron cookware — along with kettles, pots and alarm clocks — in the center of the store. There are also knives, sharpeners and cutting boards. Next to that are displays of paste wax for furniture and floors. Tucked on a shelf in the corner are ceramic items, including a 3-gallon butter churn, pitchers and bowls. Nails in all sizes. Screws, ditto. Hammers. Flashlights. Batteries. Ice cream makers. The works. Jennifer McGahee, the former owner of the Heights stationery store By Invitation Only, has opened a card and stationery store with her sister in Russellville. The Paper Train, located in an old rail car at 419 W. Parkway, offers gifts, invitations, personalized stationery and note cards. The phone number is 479-967-2737.
Favorite

From the ArkTimes store

Tags:

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Janie Ginocchio

  • Many shades of green in Pleasant Valley

    In the last two decades, there's been an undercurrent of tension that hums along the western expanse of the Cantrell Road/state Highway 10 area from Interstate 430 to Chenal Parkway.
    • Dec 28, 2011
  • Planned, lakeside living in Lakewood

    I've spent most of my adult life as a vagabond of sorts, living in such diverse areas as New York and Paragould, Ark., and everywhere in between. I recently settled into a two bedroom, two-bath apartment on McCain Boulevard in Lakewood, and I'd be hard-pressed to name a more ideal location in terms of convenience in Central Arkansas.
    • Dec 28, 2011
  • A passion for Argenta

    I’ve lived on West Fifth Street in North Little Rock’s historic Argenta neighborhood since 2002, and I love it with the zealous heart of the converted. After spending my childhood in a drab post-World War II tract home in Southwest Little Rock, my only kn
    • Nov 16, 2006
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Executionpalooza

    Appearances count. I was struck by a single sentence over the weekend in a full page of coverage in The New York Times devoted to the killing spree in Arkansas, beginning with a front-page account of the recent flurry of legal filings on pending executions and continuing inside with an interview with Damien Echols, the former death row inmate.
  • Art bull

    "God, I hate art," my late friend The Doctor used to say.
  • Not justice

    The strongest, most enduring calls for the death penalty come from those who feel deeply the moral righteousness of "eye-for-an-eye" justice, or retribution. From the depths of pain and the heights of moral offense comes the cry, "The suffering you cause is the suffering you shall receive!" From the true moral insight that punishment should fit the crime, cool logic concludes, "Killers should be killed." Yet I say: retribution yes; death penalty no.
  • Judge Griffen writes about morality, Christian values and executions

    Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, who blogs at Justice is a verb!, sends along a new post this morning.
  • The Ledell Lee execution thread

    Arkansas Times contributor Jacob Rosenberg is at the Cummins Unit in Grady filing dispatches tonight in advance of the expected execution of Ledell Lee, who was sentenced to death for the Feb. 9, 1993, murder of Debra Reese, 26, who was beaten to death in the bedroom of her home in Jacksonville.

Latest in Shopping

Visit Arkansas

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Haralson, Smith named to Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame

Chuck Haralson and Ken Smith were inducted into the Arkansas Tourism Hall of Fame during the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism

Event Calendar

« »

April

S M T W T F S
  1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30  
 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation