M. Schames & Son (New York, NY) – Although this family-owned business relocated a few blocks away back in 2010, the facade they left behind still adds a splash of color to the Bowery. The business originally opened in this location 83 years prior, shortly after acquiring this property back in 1927. City records say that the structure dates back to 1909, but the recent demolition of a neighboring building offered some clues that it could be much older – perhaps dating back to the early 1800s. That theory is mostly due to the antiquated construction methods and materials used (hand-forged square head nails, hand-hewn beams, etc.), characteristics that were not visible until an adjacent brick wall was removed during that demolition. These days, the store maintains an undeniable old school feel despite their new location. Great service and fair prices, but no website and they still aren’t open on the weekends. It’s amazing that they have stayed in business since that’s when most people do their home improvement projects. I consider it a testament to continually doing right by customers.
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