Flower mart blooming soon at North Heights Hardware Hank


The friendly, experienced staff at North Heights Hardware Hank in Little Canada.

Whether you have dreams of making your yard a profusion of blooming flowers this summer, or just want a pot or two of annuals to add a touch of color to your front porch, the seasonal flower mart at North Heights Hardware Hank can meet all your gardening needs

Back for a fourth year, the popular spring market will feature familiar varieties and new hybrids of colorful annuals, perennials, vegetables and ornamental grasses, along with the same quality service, advice and products local gardeners have come to rely on. 

This year the flower mart will have a Mother’s Day weekend sale that owner Jim Schwalbach says “is going to be huge.” Highlights of the sale will include hanging baskets and pre-planted pots. 

Unlike the big-box stores with temporary, seasonal workers, the experienced North Heights staffers can answer any questions you have and help you find the gardening and lawn-care tools that best suit your outdoor needs. They’re also knowledgeable about home improvement projects and can walk you through all the steps for a successful outcome. 

“We’re here to offer advice, assist people with their projects, and do some of their small repair jobs for them that they don’t have the tools for,” Schwalbach says.

Outside of the core departments like plumbing, electrical, paint, and lawn and garden, North Heights Hardware Hank also has a rental department. So for those who have spring yard work but don’t want to fill their garage with bulky equipment all winter, renting lawn care tools like tillers and aerators is a convenient, affordable option.

Since the closing of Pet Junction down the road, North Heights Hardware Hank has introduced a frequent buyer program for NutriSource pet food, where customers get their 13th bag free. And for people who enjoy backyard birding, the store stocks a full supply of competitively priced birdseed and feeders to attract songbirds and woodpeckers. 

Ever since the family-owned store opened in 1965, it’s built a strong reputation of quality service, with its customers’ needs in mind. 

Schwalbach began working at his uncle’s hardware business in 1980, and took over the neighborhood store himself in ‘92, with hopes to pass it on to the next generation. 

North Heights Hardware Hank is a community-driven business, proudly supporting various local school sports teams, community activities such as Canadian Days, and the Little Canada Recreation Association’s Ice Fishing Contest. 

Located with convenient access just off Rice Street in Little Canada, Schwalbach says the store also offers various services including small engine repairs, window and screen repair and tool sharpening, all performed by the skilled staff. There is also a wide selection of the latest designs in LED lightbulbs. 

Coming soon for spring 2017, the Toro and Ariens zero-turn riding lawn mowers will be on display. Schwalbach says the store offers free set-up and delivery in the St. Paul area, as well as servicing all brands of power equipment. 

Be sure to follow North Heights Hardware Hank on Facebook for updates and special offers. And check out its website that now allows users to shop the entire Hardware Hank catalogue, including power products. 

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