Ankeny Hardware made my day!
Had an unusual experience the other day. My daughter needed a fan, and since I'm visiting her (from Chicago) I followed her instruction to go to Fred Meyer to pick one up.
On the way there I passed Ankeny Hardware (all those stacks of metal garbage cans caught my eye) and stopped in. They had an american made (no Chinese crap the person waiting on me said) box fan for a good price.
I wandered around their crowded display floor and ended up meeting Ankeny's owner (wish I could remember his name). He told me he is the third generation owner and has been at Ankeny for 48 years (said he started when he was seven years old and there were no child-labor laws!).
He spent almost 30 minutes with me, walking me through the aisles showing how his store stocks as much made in USA product as possible and hardly any stuff from China. Said the store stocks 35,000+ different items. The prices I saw also seemed very reasonable.
Best part was when he told me he could retire if he wanted to, but that the store donates 10% of their profits to the community and he'd have to stop if he retired. Then he tells me that he never really worried about how much money he made, but keeps working because he really likes his customers and staff and has hardly ever had a bad day in all the years he has been there. And that the less he woried about money, the more money he had to enjoy. I wish he could bottle what keeps him so happy and smiling because I'd sure buy some for myself.
I'm a corporate bigwig in Chicago, make loads of $$$ and don't like my job, but don't want to give up the country club life it allows me.
Maybe I need to buy a nice neighborhood hardware store in Chicago that sells mostly made in USA products and learn the Ankeny Hardware way to happiness.
Thanks Mr Ankeny (I know that's not your name, but I can't remember it) for making my day.