Hardware store does business the old-fashioned way without power - KMSP-TV

Hardware store does business the old-fashioned way without power

Posted: Updated:
Lumber Jack Building Center in New Baltimore was open Wednesday despite having no power.  (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com) Lumber Jack Building Center in New Baltimore was open Wednesday despite having no power. (Credit: WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com)
NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. (WJBK) -

Lumber Jack Building Center has been in business for nearly 48 years and is a family run hardware store on 23 Mile Road in New Baltimore.  They had no power Wednesday evening, but they were open anyway serving the community's no power needs.

"Sold through all of our generators," said Harvey Cornett.

The generators were stacked up on a wooden pallet. They're all humming in neighborhoods now powering up homes.

"We also sold a lot of pool supplies," Cornett said.

Swimming pools are getting a workout with or without power.

When your sump pump can't pump without power, people pick up PVC pipe to get water out of the basement.  They usually cut the pipe with a power saw, but now your power saw is James.

"Today we've been using a hand saw to cut it," he said.

Jamie will show you where the coolers are kept.  Without power you cannot refill your propane tank, but you can buy charcoal.

Jim Hazlewood couldn't get a spare key made because the electric grinder was down, but how about some cold drinks?  They kept the door to the coolers closed chilling the pop, Gatorade and water.

When you do check out, it's cash on the barrel head.  You get a hand written receipt, but they can also slide your credit card in the old credit card slide.

"No electricity, so we're doing it old-fashioned pen and paper, calculator," said Cornett.

Batteries, flashlights or whatever, Lumber Jack Building Center is open every day all year, seven days a week, even in your darkest days.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Livonia man dies after 2 dogs attack him

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:25:21 GMT
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
    A 46-year-old Livonia man was killed Wednesday evening after he was attacked by two dogs while jogging in Metamora.
  • Water shutoff protests amid water delivery from Canada

    Water shutoff protests amid water delivery from Canada

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:30 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:30:25 GMT
    Our neighbors across the Detroit River are now getting involved in the Detroit water shutoff debate.
    Our neighbors across the Detroit River are now getting involved in the Detroit water shutoff debate.
  • Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:29:16 GMT
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  

  • Ron SavageRon SavageMore>>

  • Neighbors want neglected Detroit Rogell Golf Course cleaned up

    Neighbors want neglected Detroit Rogell Golf Course cleaned up

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:19 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:19:43 GMT
    One of Detroit's most popular sports attractions is now a grown over weedbed. Neighbors say their favorite golf course has become an eyesore.
    One of Detroit's most popular sports attractions is now a grown over weedbed. Neighbors say their favorite golf course has become an eyesore.
  • Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Demonstrators remember activist Charity Hicks

    Sunday, July 20 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-20 18:11:28 GMT
    The victim of a hit and run accident in Manhattan six weeks ago has died. Charity Hicks had been in a coma since being hit by a car at a bus stop on 10th Avenue May 31st. Hicks was a community activist from Detroit who helped start the anti-water shut off movement.
    The victim of a hit and run accident in Manhattan six weeks ago has died. Charity Hicks had been in a coma since being hit by a car at a bus stop on 10th Avenue May 31st. Hicks was a community activist from Detroit who helped start the anti-water shut off movement.
  • Detroit water department warns against illegal hookups amid shutoffs

    Detroit water department warns against illegal hookups amid shutoffs

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:02 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:02:52 GMT
    Detroit water customers who are struggling to pay the water bill are finding some help - but it's illegal. Social media sites are now surfacing instructing people how to steal water. 
    Detroit water customers who are struggling to pay the water bill are finding some help - but it's illegal. Social media sites are now surfacing instructing people how to steal water. 
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices