Photo courtesy of W.S. Jenks & Son
I know that many of you have been eagerly awaiting the opening of a local hardware store in Trinidad (and damn near the eastern end of the H Street Corridor). Wait no longer, it's happening Monday.
The space as it appeared during my September visit
W.S. Jenks was founded in DC in 1866 (their original location was in NW). More recently they operated on V Street NE, selling exclusively to industrial clients. The move to Trinidad is more than just a change of location for W.S. Jenks. It's also a return to the store’s roots. While W.S. Jenks and Son isn't turning its back on the government and other large clients, they are certainly turning a friendly face towards neighbors and anyone else who needs that special tool/material, and maybe even a little advice. They seem genuinely excited about taking back up the mantle of neighborhood hardware store. They've spent months enthusiastically spiffing up the space and stocking the shelves with all manner of goods. Need hand tools or home renovation materials? They've got that. They will also have pet food, camping equipment, fireplace accessories, garden supplies, farming necessities, and tool rental.
The polished concrete floors are awesome
On my first visit to Jenks' 910 Bladensburg Road (some months ago) I was struck by the visual appeal and openness of the space. I had never been inside it while it operated as a clinic or during its subsequent vacancy and I suppose I expected something darker and more institutional in appearance. I quickly learned that the Jenks team had already done extensive work inside, sanding and polishing concrete, and even installing skylights. The space totals out at 15,000 square feet, so this is no tiny corner hardware shop. They are almost certain to have what ever you might need. The photo above shows them stocked up, but I thought people might enjoy my photos of the work in progress (it really is a cool building.
You can see much of Bladensburg Road and and Starburst from the roof