Parma Hardware is a lost relic – an honest to god hardware store. Bring your broken item in with you, and it’s pretty much guaranteed that someone in that store will know how to fix it. Might be someone who works there, might be another customer.
Looking for something obscure, or something you’re pretty sure isn’t made anymore? Try Parma Hardware – it’s probably there, buried in the back of the store, just waiting for you to come and get it.
PH is a good sized, messy hardware paradise. It reminds me of going to the hardware store with my grandfather as a child, to buy a little paper bag of nails for a project. I said messy, but that’s only to the untrained eye. The people who work there know where every little thing is. Woodworking supplies too.
Skip the big orange box and try a real hardware store next time you need something hardware related. No computers, no scanners - just good old fashioned hardware and people who know it.