One thing that makes an area unique is its small businesses. Everyplace has Walmart, Lowe’s and McDonald’s, but the local businesses give a place character. One of my favorite local businesses is Greive Hardware, owned by Sue Eckert.
“This business was started by my father in 1955,” Sue told me. “I worked here a lot as I was growing up, and when I graduated from U. D. Dad asked if I would manage one of our locations for a while. I never left.”
“We’ve been busy throughout the pandemic. People who were stuck at home have been doing projects, and we’ve been selling them the supplies they need. Some of our older workers are staying home for their safety, but the younger workers stepped up and we’ve been fine. Our main challenge now is getting new product to keep our shelves stocked.”
“My dog Sadie only works with me part time. She’s here on Thursdays. The weekends are too busy for her, but Thursday is just right.”
Greive Hardware has two Kettering locations – 3089 Far Hills and 1219 East Stroop. If you haven’t been there you should stop in. They are a great old fashioned style hardware store where you can get the advice you need and where you can find things you can’t get at chain stores.