Park Street Cultural Tour

Home on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
Experiencing Community
What the Kids Said

Day One
Chadbourne College
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Trinity Church
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Yee's Laundry
La Movida
Mercado Marimar
Bram's Addition

Day Two
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Romnes Apartments
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Miracle's Home
Neighborhood House
Italian Workmen's Club
Family Potluck

Day Three
Meriter Hospital
Bayview Mural
Bocce Ball
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Mexico Lindo
Fishing Along Wingra Creek

Day Four
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Eugene Parks
Quality Ace Hardware
Oriental Shop
Lakeside Fibers
Chicken Underground
Family Daycare
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Multicultural Center

Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2

Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour

Yellow chain
Cans of paint

Quality Ace Hardware

1201 South Park Street

Sign for Ace HardwareStaff at Ace hardware holding signs, For Sale by Owner and Beware of the DogOur hosts were Sara, Derek, and Brandon. They all worked here full time.

The purpose of this store is to help people with home repairs.

Their goal was to get customers in and out of the store fast, conveniently, and happy. They give discounts to neighbors so they come back.

Many drawers for bolts and screwsThe store is not only a hardware store, it is also a community gathering place. PeopDisplay of screwdriversle say, “Meet me at Ace Hardware.” The staff see some people all the time, and they form a relationship with those people.

Ace Hardware is also called Quality Ace Hardware. It’s been here for about thirty years.
It was a really awesome place to go to.

The basement (where we spent most of our time) has plumRolls of chainsbing equipment, hoses, lawn mower parts, chains on rolls, and it’s where they keep Display of paint colorsthe back-up stock in case anything runs out. It’s also where they fix screens and window panes.

There are many things you learn when you become an Ace employee, like the difference between steel and iron and the safety rules for cutting glass, but most importantly communication skills and how to be friendly towards customers.

From chains to bolts
Light paint to dark paint
Metal to glass
From hinges to handles
But just one type of store (awesome)

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