If you live in Sacramento chances are you’ve heard of Emigh Ace Hardware. Emigh has been a Sacramento fixture since brothers James and Clay Emigh opened its doors in 1908.  Attracted by the postwar building boom in the suburbs, in 1952, the store moved to the Arden/Arcade area where its neighbor was a goat farm.

Emigh in 1910 on J Street

Emigh in 1920

What makes the customers keep coming back to Emigh?  It could be that it is the largest 4th  generation family owned hardware store in Sacramento.  Or it could be the 80+ friendly employees,  some who’ve been with the store more than 20 years.  Maybe it’s the extras Emigh has to offer such as free local delivery, or that all power equipment is set up, serviced and ready-to-go, the in-house advertising Department that contributes to the store’s custom signage, banners, displays, social media and produces the well recognized Emigh ad.

Ask the kids and they’ll say it’s the waterfall fish pond in the indoor nursery where they can feed the Koi, and the free balloons and popcorn.

Koi Pond

In the fall, children look forward to getting their hands dirty and putting their artistic skills to work at Emigh’s family pumpkin carving workshop.

Pumpking Carving

For many school groups, Emigh is a favorite field trip destination. Canines who visit the store know that a doggie treat is waiting for them at the register and if their human counterpart is also looking for a treat, Emigh’s Café, located in  front of the store, offers hot dogs, coffee drinks, smoothies and snacks.  Emigh Hardware has always done its part to improve the quality of life in the city it has called home. A longtime champion of youths, the company donates to a number of area schools and youth sports, has hosted “65 Roses Golf Tournament” to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis  Foundation for the past 10 years, and is a sponsor of “The Giving Tree” to benefit children at Christmas, to name a few.

Free Popcorn

Ask me and I’ll tell you it’s the free coffee from 7:00 am to 9:00 am every weekday.

Emigh Cafe

Besides the coffee, I shop at Emigh because when I walk in, I feel like I am the most important customer in the store.  Service starts with a smile and doesn’t end until customers find what they want and know how to use it.

Emigh Ace Hardware Now

I was also impressed to learn about the roof.  Yes,the roof. It’s not just any roof; it’s a 21,600 square foot 200 kW solar roof system that produces 50% of the facility’s electricity, which not only cuts down on utility costs but considerably reduces their carbon footprint.

Solar Roof

By the way, if you can’t figure out how to pronounce Emigh – remember their mascot – Amy.

Amy

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