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See our many offers during our Labor Day Event under your HOT Deals Page.  Click Here

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Labor Day Event is off and running..

    Go to our Hot Deal page to see all of the great Labor Day Event sale items.

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Sweet Deal on Kayaks – Free Ace Gift Card*

See yourself here?  What a great way to relax and enjoy all of the beautiful tidal areas on the Chesapeake Bay and on the Patuxent River!  Check out our sweet deals on all of our in-stock kayaks.  Purchase a $149.99 to $399.99 kayak* and receive an Ace Gift Card instantly.  Purchase a  $400.99 and above kayak* and receive a $100 Ace Gift Card instantly.   (Ace Gift Cards to be used on future purchase not on kayak purchase.)  Hurry these sweet deals end 9/15/13.  Available on in-stock models only. Click Here to see our New Kayak Page for all of our kayak choices. We have life vests, paddles, kayak cart and other accessories for your kayaking adventures.

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Kamado Joe Grills

Kamado Joe grill keeps the heat in the grill and the moisture in the meat!     The well-insulated ceramic body of a Kamado Joe grill keeps the heat in the grill. The unique circular shape of the vessel also circulates the heat for more uniform and effective cooking. Compare this with gas grills, which let heat escape and cook largely from below. This means they need a larger fire and more total heat to achieve the same temperature profile as a Kamado Joe. It’s this excessive heat that robs moisture from your meat. Kamado Joe keeps the heat in the grill and the moisture in the meat. The unique shape circulates heat, which results in faster cooking, less moisture loss.     The insulated body means a smaller fire is needed to create the same temperature – See more at:  Joe keeps the heat in the grill and the moisture in the meat! The

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Go for the Gold–“Gold Finches”

As I look out my windows and see “Lots of Gold–Gold Finches” on a nearby feeder.  Many people call what I’m looking at “wild canaries.” The male’s bright yellow body and long warbling song fit the name well.  Check out your favorite field guide, and you’ll soon discover that these common familiar birds are formally called American Gold Finches. When they have a place to perch and fresh seed, gold finches will put on quite a show. Gold Finches are recognized by their black wings and tail and black cap.  Females have a greenish and a yellow front and no cap. In early fall, gold finches molt.  That is , they replace their worn, tattered feathers with a set of fresh, new feathers. The appearance of these beautiful creatures after molting changes drastically at this time.  The brilliant yellow body feathers are replaced by dull brownish plumes and the stricking

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Ace Homeplace Magazine Spring 2014

Click on the cover below to open and read the Ace Homeplace magazine 2014 Spring Edition.

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Blues are Red Hot

Muted colors top the list as consumers seek to create calm, nurturing environments. Americans love the blues. This year they’re looking to create an atmosphere of harmony and tranquility in their homes, and blue delivers. In Ace Hardware’s 2011 consumer color preference study, blues and neutrals were the clear winners, followed by whites and greens (see chart for all results). Blues even showed up as tints in other color families, lending cool tones to greens, whites and grays. The top three blues are soft, pale shades that convey a sense of calm as well as sophistication. “Pale colors create a serene environment in which people can de-stress and feel comfortable,” says Janet Davidson, marketing manager. “This year, the top picks in all the color families, including reds and purples, were subtle and muted.” “It’s about creating warmth without weight,” says Davidson. We developed our new Clark+KensingtonTM paint with this kind

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J.D. Power & Associates Reports: Ace Hardware Ranks Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Home Improvement Retailers For a Seventh Consecutive Year

For a seventh consecutive year, Ace Hardware ranks highest in satisfying home improvement retail store customers. Ace Hardware achieves a score of 803 on a 1,000-point scale and performs particularly well in the staff and service and store facility factors. Menards ranks second with a score of 770, and performs particularly well in the price and sales and promotions factors. The study, now in its seventh year, measures customer satisfaction with home improvement retail stores based on performance in five factors: staff and service (including availability, courtesy, knowledge, ease of checkout and ease of returning merchandise); store facility (including ease of finding merchandise, cleanliness, store layout and design, availability of parking and convenience of store location); merchandise (including availability, variety, usefulness of product information displays and selection of brands available); price; and sales and promotions. Staff and service is the most influential factor on customer satisfaction. For example, the average

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Sneade’s Ace Home Center, Inc. Receives Prestigious Award From Ace Hardware Corporation

Ace’s Platinum Performance Retailing (PPR) achievement program provides merchandising initiatives as well as operational training and guidelines designed to help Ace stores offer superior customer service, improve sales and overall store performance. “Our Five-Star Platinum Ace stores deliver best-in-class customer service in their local communities each and every day,” said Kane Calamari, Ace Hardware’s vice president of retail operations and new business. “We’re pleased to recognize Sneade’s Ace Home Center and its associates for their outstanding achievements, and proud to say they’re a part of the Ace family.” Stores that achieve Ace’s Five-Star Platinum designation undertake a number of initiatives aimed at perfecting the customer experience in-store; these initiatives focus on training staff associates, providing superior product assortments, and representing the Ace brand in the local market. Five-Star retailers embrace these initiatives and also achieve the highest performance results among their peers. “At Sneade’s Ace Home Center we pride ourselves

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Solutions for Your Home – Concrete Or Cement?

According to the Portland Cement Association, British stonemason Joesph Aspin is credited with mixing up the first batch of cement in his kitchen in 1824. He found that mixing ground-up quarried limestone, shells or chalk, shale,, clay, and sand or iron ore, and heating the mixture in giant rotating kilns at 3000 degrees Fahrenheit, produced cement pellets. When ground up, these pellets produced the fine, gray powder we recognize as cement. There are actually eight types of Portland cement, each with slightly different qualities. As for concrete, it is a mixture of cement, gravel, stone (aggregates), and sand, and water, which together create a solid mass. Are you planning a project that involves concrete or cement? Are you certain you know which one to use? If you have any questions about which material is best for your DIY project, you need to talk to one of our expert staff members.

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