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Amelia Paint and Hardware

Oct 02, 2019 01:28PM ● By Tom Barrett
Photo by William Raser
The iconic Amelia Paint and Hardware store has been in the Palmisano family for nearly forty years. Technically, Andy Palmisano’s mother started Amelia Paint and Hardware. “She bought the paint business in 1981,” Andy laughs. “For $800. My dad had rented a little part of the paint store for his millwork business, but it grew so fast. When the Hardee Brothers Building Supply Company closed down, we built out the other side of the building.”

Today, Amelia Paint and Hardware is chock-full of hardware, marine supplies, and almost anything you might need to keep your house or boat in good working order. When asked how many square feet in the store, Andy isn’t sure, saying “we’ve added on so many times.” Andy, who bought the business from his parents in 2001, has two longtime employees—Kris Fera, who has worked at the store for 15 years, and Bonnie Dawson, who’s worked for nearly 23. When Andy asks Kris how many items they have in stock, they both grin. “It’s about 250,000 different SKU numbers,” says Kris. The bestselling items are stainless steel screws, drill bits, air conditioner filters, and keys.

Amelia Paint and Hardware is located in the historic red brick building at the corner of Ash and South 5th Streets. The store is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. As for Andy, he works every day “except my golf day.” For more information, call (904) 261-6604.