Midwest Living Review
Burton, Ohio, practically oozes nostalgia, and with its creaky floors, ceiling fans, and narrow aisles packed with screws, nuts, bolts, shovels, ladders, and tools, Hill Hardware Company is exactly the kind of store you'd expect to find in such a slow-paced country village. Hill Hardware has been anchoring Burton's single block of retail since it opened back in 1950. The store looks small from the outside, but locals -- who simply call it Hill's -- know that a vast and varied inventory awaits shoppers behind its bright yellow front door. Hill's is the place Amish cabinetmakers come to buy hinges, where ladies buy their garden seeds and where on warm afternoons, thirsty handymen can get a 50-cent can of cold root beer from a vintage pop machine. Walking into Hill Hardware is sure to evoke memories of Saturday mornings when Dad took you to the corner hardware store to buy a quarter-pound of nails. At Hill's, in fact, you can still buy nails by the piece or the pound. Pick what you want from the multiple bins, and owner David Lamppert will weigh them on an antiquated scale. Nails not your bag? Lamppert also sells American-made Jensen miniature steam engines ($100 and up), and in the back of the store, his wife, Mary Anne, has hand-picked a good selection of local arts and craft items, ranging from homemade kitchen towels (about $6) to painted birdhouses (about $15).