September 1 saw the transformation of the Marcellus Hardware Store into Calley's Hardware Store on 15 North St. in downtown Marcellus. With a refurbished look and the shelves re-stocked with new, top-of-the-line hardware, owner and Marcellus resident Nancy Calley wants to make sure that everyone knows the store is open and doing business -- great business, as a matter of fact.
Calley's Hardware had been located on the eastern side of Skaneateles on Route 20. But Calley, a Marcellus resident, wanted to be closer to home.
Calley was "born into" the hardware business; her family owns City Hardware of Syracuse. As owner of a smaller operation in Skaneateles, she was eager to make the move to her hometown of Marcellus.
"When Bruce [Bruce Simmons, former owner] put this business up for sale, I really jumped at the chance to buy it," Calley said. "It really gave me the opportunity to expand my center of operation, as well as the types and amount of stock I wanted to carry."
Calley has a warm and ever-present smile. Her store has everything a home or business owner could need, from tools to Valspar paints to Christmas supplies. Calley's Hardware emanates a presence reminiscent of an old time general merchandise store. Factor in the accommodating help and wide, well stocked shelves gives the store one of a place where one wants to come and buy while lingering to look and converse with neighbors a while.
"People are just thrilled with the new product lines we carry and we are already seeing a lot of repeat business," Calley said.
She said she really misses the Skaneateles town and village DPW guys that visited Calley's in Skaneateles. "They were great guys," she said.
Calley's Hardware is a must stop and see store. Employees, Calley's friend Ashley, and her brother, Jim, are on hand with Nancy to make sure each customer has a great buying experience.
"The store is 5,600 square feet and we are not only ready for winter, but for all the seasons," Calley said. "We can meet and even exceed your hardware needs with our new special order system."
Open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Calley's is certainly worth checking out and you are encourage to make it a frequent place to stop into on your daily trips out and about. Calley's Hardware, 15 North St., Marcellus. Phone 673-2121.