The community’s support of Heuser Hardware in downtown Jeffersonville was so strong during its 90th anniversary celebration Saturday, area residents spilled out the business’ front and back doors.
The festive three-hour event included raffles, live music, camaraderie and a lot of food.
“We did 17 pounds of Boston butt, 60 hamburgers and 200 hotdogs, and it went fast,” said Mike Reynolds, who manned the grill set up near the sidewalk in front of the hardware store along Spring Street.
Reynolds, a 26-year employee with the Jeffersonville Parks and Recreation Department, estimated 500 people attended the anniversary, which took place between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
He said he was up until about 1:30 a.m. the night before, smoking the pork to perfection at his home before the big event.
Reynolds volunteered to cook some of the food because he wanted to support his friends and the business’ co-owners Larry Rogers, Tom Densford and Bill Densford.
“I think a lot of the guys that work down here. I always have,” Reynolds said. “I went to school with Bill and Tom and we have always had a good relationship, and that is something I hope continues throughout the years.”
Reynolds said Heuser Hardware reminds him of the television show “Cheers.”
“These guys don’t know a stranger,” he said. “Anyone that comes in, they treat you like they have known you for years.”
While the big-box hardware stores along Veterans Parkway may offer a wider selection, Reynolds said the customer service at the mom-and-pop shop is far superior.
“At the big stores, you get sent down some aisle, and what you are looking for may not even be there,” he said. “Here, they wait on you hand-and-foot. If you need to buy one screw, you can buy one screw. At your big box stores you have to buy a package of them.”