DVC500 at last wrote:There aren't too many Mom&Pop shops left. All of the family-owned Hardware stores are going belly-up because of the Big Boxes.
The Home Depot built on the edge of Newton in the late 1990's, shortly after the 2 local hardware stores closed. Now Lowe's is up the road where the drive-in used to be and that's it. Sears Hardware and Appliance is still in the strip mall nearby. Wal-Mart build across Rt. 206, more independents closed up. The same thing happened on Hackettstown. The local hardware stores can survive only if they are in an area where the big box stores haven't build (yet). Blue Ridge Hardware in Blairstown is worth going to, but too far away from here when I'm in a hurry (most of the time).