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#053: Celebrate National BBQ Month at your Neighborhood Barbecue Shop – ACE Hardware

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Harry Schwartz – ACE Hardware in Hillcrest & Downtown San Diego Store Owner – @AceHardware @AceHillcrestHardware – San Diego, California

*Podcast recorded above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.


  • ACE Hardware has over 5,000 locations across the globe, all independently owned and  operated by local business owners.
  • Harry Schwartz along with his sister Pam, own and operate the Hillcrest and Downtown ACE Hardware locations.
  • May is National BBQ month and ACE Hardware has embraced BBQ by throwing a nationwide ACE Hardware BBQ Fest on Saturday May 5th!
  • Harry shares his experiences and outlook running a business and being in business with family.
  • Each ACE Hardware store strives to meet the needs of their community and create a welcoming environment that is inclusive to everyone.
  • ACE Hardware stores give back to the local community, here in San Diego the ACE Foundation donates to Rady Children’s hospital and other local charities.


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Shareable Quotes From This Podcast:

  • “Podcasting has opened up doors that we didn’t even think was possible” {1:55} – Shawn
  • “Being a helpful place and being a neighbor” {18:00} – Harry
  • “Willing to think out of the box to embrace that neighborhood feel” {23:50} – Shawn
  • “We should be a grilling destination for the community” {25:10} – Harry
  • “We want to be a resource to anyone has those aspirations and dreams” {30:35} – Shawn
  • “Working with family is very hard” {34:20} – Derek
  • “For us, it is important to share stories” {40:20} – Shawn
  • “We aren’t just hear to make a buck, we are here to be a part of the community” {45:50} – Harry
  • “Serving people is what drives me” {46:25} – Derek

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