A hardware store that quintuples as a "fix-it shop," "handyman service," key-cutter, and U-Haul rental center, RR Hardware looks and feels like an old man's

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RR Hardware

A hardware store that quintuples as a "fix-it shop," "handyman service," key-cutter, and U-Haul rental center, RR Hardware looks and feels like an old man's neglected garage, with the detritus of several decades' worth of odd jobs spilling off the shelves. Among the for-sale items a visitor encounters are a vacuum cleaner likely predating the first Bush administration and a three-quarters-full spray-bottle of Black Magic Car Care covered in a patina of grime and dust. (Previous visits produced such curiosities as a VCR remote control, circa 1989.) An old man hanging out at the front of the store cautions against wandering further down the overflowing aisles, as "everything back there is spring-loaded." He then tells a joke about two men debating the taste of alligator. (One says it tastes like chicken; the other responds, "That's a croc!"). Against a side wall stands a giant vending machine that sells Coca-Colas for 50 cents each. "It's older than you," the old man behind the counter tells a 30-year-old visitor. "We old school here."—Damon Agnos

 
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