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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, APRIL 5 - MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013 37 Craftsman, Clark+ Kensington featured brands By Henry J, Evans Jr. He said store resets have also "We've had a free paint Satur- made it easier for customers to day, and the line of people getting shop for wild bird-related items paint snaked around inside the Best Ace Hardware customers and gifts, store," Jordan said. A free quart have noticed a brighter, more "There's a lot of wild bird in- of paint is available while sup- open look at the stores known terest in the area," Best said. ply lasts. for their selection of products The stores offer a selection of In addition to free paint, and helpful employees who are birdseed, bird feeders and bird- customers may also enter a knowledgeable about what they houses, sweepstakes for a chance to win sell. Bruce Jordan, a Five Points 1 ofl0, $1,000 Ace gift cards and a Whether one is shopping for a store manager, said birdseed is a personalized paint color recom- stepladder, a length of fuel line, top seller. "I think those birds are mendation. five gallons of paint or 20 pounds eating better than some people," Five Points store hours are 7 of birdseed, Best Ace is ready to he said. a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through fill the order. Best Ace Hardware stores are Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on "We're updating and improv- also selling Craftsman tools. Sunday. For additional informa- ing the shopping experience," "We've had them about a year. tion about Best Ace Hardware said Andrew Best, Bests' Store They're rated the No. 1 tool and stores, call 302-424-5414, or go to Inc. executive vice president, have a lifetime guarantee," Best He said many products in the said. company's five stores have been Best Ace stores are also offer- "How the Best family became an rearranged to increase product ing Clark+Kensington, a newline Ace operation visibility and make it easier for of paint. "It's exclusive to Ace, customers to find what they're and it's ranked No. 1 in two of In 1932, Thomas Best and Sons looking for. three paint categories," Best said. Inc. first opened its doors as a "We're trying to get a better The product combines general store, selling groceries flow into the garden center in the primer and paint, and theand hardware. store at Five Points," Best said. manufacturer says it provides The original store was near Best also has stores in Milton, superb coverage inhalfthe time. Lewes and Nassau, and as the Milford, Mi-llsboro and Har- Clark+Kensington is available area grew, so did sales. rington, in 120 harmonizing colors,'has In 1968, because of steady Instead of stocking gardenan ultra-smooth finish, is stain growth, the store was relocated items in various sections, Best resistant and easily wipes clean, to Five Points and expanded to said everything a gardener needs Ace is so confident of the offered an even wider selection will be in the garden center, paint's superior qualities that of clothing, fishing gear, animal "You'll be able to get a bag of they're giving customers a quart feed, shotguns, ammunition, mulch and RoundUp in the same of flat enamel in the color of their pots and pans, and everything in area," he said choice on selected dates,between. - " --- HENRY J. EVANS JR. PHOTO FIVE POINTS BEST ACE HARDWARE store managers Sheila Baull and Bruce Jordan display a new Craftsman 9-in-1 wrench called a DogBone. Ace stores now carry a variety of Craftsman hand and power tools, all of which have a lifetime guarantee. With sales growth continuing, the state. the original Thomas Best turned Building on it its success, the operations over to his son, also family decided to convert the Thomas. Throughout the years, original store into a full-line Thomas's children, Randy, Caro- Ace Hardware modeled after lyn and Barbara came into the the Milford store. In 1993, the business, changeover was completed, In 1982, the company under- ending the era of the true local went its first name change as general store. control was transferred from Randy and his family and Thomas to his son Randy. Thorn- siblings grew the Milford and as Best and Son's became Bests' Five Points stores. Randy and Store Inc. wife Susan's children, Jenny A decade later, the first Best and Andrew, grew up becom- Ace Hardware opened in Mil- ing increasingly interested and ford. At the time, it was one of involved in the family's company. the largest hardware stores in Continued on page 38 moneyw ne of the great things about small-town dining is the familiar faces that are always there to greet us. Denizens of downtown drink- eries can't help but recognize the famously leopard-spotted David Engel, now practicing his craft at Hari Cameron's a(MUSE.). Other local notables include surfer-turned-mixol- ogist Matt Sprenkle at Shore- break Lodge, longtime 1776 Steakhouse barkeep Johnny Farquar, and of course "Martini Tom" Garvey, now shakin', stirrin' and pourin' at Hooked Seafood & Martini Bar. OVe - The soon-to,be-history Cloud 9 was a spawning ground for a number of our longtime serv- ers and bartenders, including martini maven Chad Awkland, sports nut Geno Harris (now at Dos Locos), Seafood Shack's Steph DaLee and Dewey Beach chef Tommy Long. I am quite aware that this list is by no means comprehensive, so please resist the urge to send me a prickly email. I get enough of those already. Another Cloud 9 alumnus who can now be found wait- ing tables (or pouring a mean cocktail) at Pig & Fish Restau- rant Company is none other than the terminally effervescent Chipper Beach. And yes, that is his name. His grandfather was Charlie, his dad was Chuck, so grandma dubbed him Chipper. The Beach part - well, that was just luck. The Easton, Md.-born server has been pleasing guests at Pig & Fish on Rehoboth Avenue since they opened six years ago. He admired the business philosophies of original co- owner and chef Mike Stiglitz (now presiding over his Two Stones Pubs in Newark and North Wilmington), Mike's wife Denise (still a partner) and hands-on managing partners Lisa and Doug Frampton. Before he dedicated him- self to The Business of Eating, Chipper worked as a veteri- nary technician at a Baltimore animal hospital until he was 24, assisting with surgical proce- dures and healing beloved pets. "People can be stressed and sometimes difficult when it comes to their pets, health," ex- plains Beach. "It was there that I learned how to deal directly with people and to help them remain calm." (Not all that dif- ferent from waiting tables in a resort.)" Those of you who hung out on Charles Street in Baltimore might remember Chipper as the longtime waiter and manager at Gampy's (before it changed hands and withered) and at Mt. Vernon Stable and Saloon. After moving to Rehoboth, Continued on page 41 CHIPPER'S 5OTH BIRTHDAY wish came true: bles at his own party! SUBMITTED PHOTO He tended bar and waited ta-