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A copy of a photo that accompanied an article in Newsday from 1987, taken by photographer Bob Luckey, is among the treasures of Trio Hardware owners. (Sept.10, 2013)

Hardware stores on Long Island

Hardware stores on Long Island.

Independent hardware store owner Hank Brinkman is one
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Independent hardware store owner Hank Brinkman is one of three siblings to run a chain of three hardware stores and four paint stores. He has found ways to increase foot traffic by adding an aisle of premium holistic pet foods. (Sept. 17, 2013)

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Large paw prints lead customers to the pet supply section at the Brinkmann True Value hardware store in Blue Point. (Sept. 17, 2013)

During a trip to the hardware store with
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During a trip to the hardware store with their dad, Brendan Mullery, 9, and his sister, Madison, 6, of Bayport, were drawn to the toy section at the Brinkmann True Value Hardware Store in Blue Point. (Sept. 17, 2013)

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Clerk Jacob Geraci rearranges the shelves at the
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Clerk Jacob Geraci rearranges the shelves at the Brinkmann True Value hardware store in Blue Point. (Sept. 17, 2013)

The Shields family outside their Port Washington Hardware
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The Shields family outside their Port Washington Hardware Store. From left, Ann Shields with her children Rob, Kevin and Patti. This is the third generation to run the business. (Sept. 17, 2013).

A vintage photo from the early 1920s of
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A vintage photo from the early 1920s of Shields Hardware store on Lower Main Street in Port Washington.

Kevin Shields, of Shields Hardware, works in the
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Kevin Shields, of Shields Hardware, works in the store's plumbing supplies aisle. (Sept. 17, 2013)

Vintage lock boxes at Trio Hardware in Plainview.
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Vintage lock boxes at Trio Hardware in Plainview. (Sept. 10, 2013)

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A copy of a photo that accompanied an
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A copy of a photo that accompanied an article in Newsday from 1987, taken by photographer Bob Luckey, is among the treasures of Trio Hardware owners. (Sept.10, 2013)

A copy photo from 1987 showing Bruce Carlow
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A copy photo from 1987 showing Bruce Carlow with his father, Bernie, outside Trio Hardware store in Plainview. (Sept. 10, 2013)

A photo from 1997 showing Trio Hardware in
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A photo from 1997 showing Trio Hardware in Plainview after the fire. (Sept. 10, 2013)

A 1997 photo shows Todd Kirschner and Ritsa
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A 1997 photo shows Todd Kirschner and Ritsa Hovell working in Trio Hardware in Plainview. (Sept. 10, 2013)

Francesca and her husband, Bruce Carlow, below, the
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Francesca and her husband, Bruce Carlow, below, the owners of Trio Hardware in Plainview, have a plan to hand over the business to partners Ritsa and Todd Kirschner, both of whom started out as store clerks, behind on ladder. (Sept. 3, 2013)

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The Costello Family inside their Deer Park Ace
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The Costello Family inside their Deer Park Ace Hardware store. (Sept. 17, 2013)

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