The neighborhood hardware store has been a fixture of American communities for over 100 years. Settergren’s Ace Hardware fits that model perfectly. They’re the quintessential greet-you-at-the-door, get what you need, neighborly folks next door. From the donated space for the yearly farmer’s market in the parking lot to the 6 Little Free Library kiosks, owner Mark Settergren wants you to know he is focused on the Linden Hills Community. “This will be our sixth year in Linden Hills, and I employ neighborhood people, from high school kids to retirees” explains Mark. “I like to keep it local” he adds.
Inside you’ll find the sixth generation of Settergrens working behind the counter, helping customers and loading vehicles. “Family is a big thing here” explains Mark. “I love seeing my little grandson running around the shop in his Settergren T-shirt. That’s how I started with my grandfather” he proudly notes.
Going to the hardware store for that hard to find elbow pipe or garage window glass has become a ritual for many Saturday morning do-it-yourselfers. IN a neighborhood that is populated by hundreds of “legacy” homes, finding the right doo-dad can be a daunting task. That’s where your neighbors at Settergren’s come to the rescue. A frequent “Best Of” Minneapolis list winner, their knowledgeable staff is ready to tackle your hardest home repair questions. “All my guys bring something to the table for our customers. I consider them all family members.”
From the moment you’re greeted by Jäger, the store dog, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place. The Settergren team likes to take to get to know as many of their customers by name as they can. “We’re not just selling you a hammer. We love talking about your cabin and what’s happening with you family” adds Mark.
With top of the line products like Craftsman tools, Benjamin Moore paints and Big Green Egg grills, you’re ensured a top quality hardware experience. They know, sometimes you can get in over your head. When it looks like that do-it-yourself project has become a let-someone-else-do-it-project, you’ll have access to Settergren’s trusted referral list for the perfect professional tradesman. It’s these little things that separate them from all the rest.
In these days of instant internet fulfillment, Mark likes to point to the sign on the wall that proclaims: “Your loyalty is the cement of our brick and mortar.” It’s the slowly disappearing brick and mortar, mom and pop stores that concern him the most. “We’re all about service, something that is lost on the internet” he says. “By having customers shop locally, I can keep hiring neighborhood people and continue supporting the community.” Mark’s support of the Linden Hills community often happens behind the scenes and goes unsing, but that’s just fine with the Settergren family, they’re not in it for the accolades. They genuinely care about their neighbors and their families. They know that without them, there wouldn’t be much of a business.
Owner Mark Settergren wants all of his customers both new and old to know “I always want to thank you for shopping and the thanks comes from our family to yours.”
So bring your next project to the helpful folks at Settergren Ace Hardware. They’re old-fashioned, and they plan to stay that way.
Settergren Ace Hardware | 2813 West 43rd Street | 612-920-2814