Dude, not Candey Hardware, too…

Right there on 18th Street, just half a block off Connecticut sits Candey’s Hardware. It’s one of those almost impossibly cool places in the District, much like its neighbor, the 18th St. Lounge. A little tiny hardware story in the middle of the big city. The Post has a long elegy to Candey Hardware (with some really great photos) in its pages today. Candey’s has been in business since 1891, and has passed down through five generations of Candey’s, but now it will be no more. The building will be sold, the business packed up and finished.

Like many before me, including some of DC’s finest, that was where I went for my duplicate keys, ever since my friend Dan Glover showed me the door to Candey’s back in 2000. But no more. Much as David Candey says, “As you go through life, you’re born, you have real days when you’re thriving and productive, and then you come to an older time when it’s time to look ahead.”

Such is the way. Businesses spring up and flourish, surviving bad times and doing well in the lush times, but then there comes a point when they must be closed for good.

Goodbye Candey’s Hardware. I’ll miss you.

2 Comments so far

  1. poo poo (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 11:08 am

    i’ll miss them too! that was the only place in dc where you could buy / service those all-in-one-unit, european clothes washer and dryer. not the stack up kind, but the ones that washed and dryed your clothes in one unit. they aren’t even vented!

    anyway… i was always hittin’ them up for screws, wd-40, etc. SOOOOOOOOOOO much better than the Home Despot.

  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 27th, 2007 @ 11:11 am

    Yeah, they were a neat and unique part of DC, part that I will miss.

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