Quality customer service, specialized employees and curated inventory have made Rooster Home and Hardware a success, store owner Sharon Anderson said.

Anderson bought the store in 2016, then called Gecko Hardware. She knew the store’s previous owner, Andrea Ridout, and decided to step in when the store was facing “some trouble.” After purchasing the business, Anderson remodeled and changed the name to Rooster Home and Hardware in honor of George, a rooster who used to live in the store.

“He was the star of the store,” Anderson said. “Everyone came to visit him. Eventually, we retired him because I felt bad he was living his whole life in a store.”

Anderson, who is also the CEO of Half Price Books, said her father sold hardware when she was a child, adding keeping a “local vibe” is important to her.

“I always loved small-town hardware stores,” Anderson said. “We’re independent, and that’s the thing that makes Rooster [Home and Hardware] charming. You can come in here and find something for everybody.”

By offering a variety of products, Anderson said she hopes to make the store a family destination.

She said she focuses on purchasing unique products for the store to sell, and General Manager Mark Serino drives the hardware side of the business.

“I buy the oddball weird stuff,” Anderson said. “Mark is impeccable on the hardware and grills. He’s the ‘Mr. Detail Man,’ and then I’m like, ‘I’m going to have painted hats and metal chickens.’”

The store offers a large selection of grills, gardening supplies, tools, housewares, toys and beekeeping equipment, Anderson said, adding that most items sold in the store are eco-friendly.

In addition to items found in a typical hardware store, Rooster Home and Hardware sells products from several local companies, such as Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters, T-Rex Pickles and White Rock Granola—a business now owned by Ridout—among others.

Anderson said the commitment to customer service has earned the store several “best of” awards, including best hardware store, best pet store and best gardening store.

“What makes us different is the specialists and the curated inventory,” Anderson said. “We're not just a hardware store. We have stores within the store.”

Rooster Home and Hardware

10233 Northwest Hwy., Ste. 409, Dallas

214-343-1971. www.roosterhomeandhardware.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.