At the top of this post is an ad from the early days of the store. It ran in the Lorain Journal of March 27, 1953. Willow had only been open for a month at that point, so it was still finding its way, advertising-wise. The use of a straw-hatted farm girl in the ad isn't that far off the mark, however, since much of that part of Lorain was still farmland. It's still hard to believe that much of that part of Lorain was still township land, outside of town, until the early 1960s.
I've written a lot about the various Oberlin Avenue stores and businesses located near the intersection with Meister Road. That business district just seemed to grow organically (and the shopping center strip got longer), as the neighborhoods grew and needed more services. (I wrote about that evolution back on this post.)
Anyway, thinking of Willow Hardware inevitably makes me think of my father going there regularly for grass seed or whatever. It also conjures up memories of my own trips there for help when I became a homeowner and discovered how confusing it was to replace things in a house built in the 1940s.
Not sure about the look on the person's face.
I can't quite decide what emotion is being portrayed.
Never heard of "Owl Stamps" - musta been an S&H knock off.
For those unfamiliar with trading stamps, here's a very nice synopsis to cut & paste into your browser's address bar:
I remember hearing about "Owl Stamps"as a kid, but I don't know what stores had them, nor had I ever seen one. Going on Google, I found several references to "Red Owl" stamps, evidently linked to a supermarket chain of the same name.
I used to get the Scott's 4 step (early Spring, Summer, early Fall, late Fall I think) fertilizer. Willow would put it on sale for $39 for all 4 bags. Now, a large bag of weed n feed costs $79 at your big box stores. Sure miss Willow............
I remember owl stamps …mainly from gas stations I think?? We were Eagle and top value stamp collectors. I got my first tennis racket with TV stamps redeemed them at their “store “ at Lorain plaza. Todd
Great thanks Mr Dan
My gosh I miss this place! I used to go there to buy things and ask how to do it and the staff would always gladly tell me what to do.
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