Placerville Hardware is now 160 years old. From one 160-year-old business to another we offer our congratulations. The Mountain Democrat hit that mark last year. We’re proud to have a fine business like Placerville Hardware join our small club.
Placerville Hardware is the Alice’s Restaurant of hardware stores. “You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant,” sang Arlo Guthrie. And you can get anything you want at Placerville Hardware. Break the glass on your Farberware coffee pot lid? They’ve got it. Need a specific length of rope or chain? They’ve got it. Looking for gold panner pins to give away while traveling? They’ve got them. Want to pan for gold? They’ve got pans and advice.
Now operated by the third generation of Fausels since 1952, current proprietors are Albert and Melissa Fausel. It’s a business that has tradition, including rolling ladders brought around the Horn in 1875, but it is also a business adding new lines such as cabinet handles and electrical supplies, not to mention crazy hats.
Congratulations, Placerville Hardware.
By the way, Randolph Jewelers also turns 160 this year. Next month, in fact. And the following month Charlie Stephens will be celebrating 30 years since he took over the business. What a testament to the staying power of business in this town.
In four years the Placerville News Co. will be joining the club.
And next year Combellack’s Clothing will turn 125. Live here long enough and a person can’t walk downtown without meeting someone you know and a business owner who knows and well serves residents and visitors alike. What a town. What great businesses.
Congratulations Placerville Hardware.