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Kids Hour Offers Opportunity for In-Store Fun and Learning

During its monthly Kids Hour event, Olson’s Ace Hardware in Parsons, Kansas, welcomes a younger demographic into the store to enjoy a craft, learn something new or just have fun. The store began hosting the events in November 2023, and for the first two months hosted an event every weekend. Now, the events take place once a month on a Sunday.

Olson’s Ace Hardware also partners with local police, fire and sheriff departments to promote events like the D.A.R.E program and Ident-A-Kid. When a local high school sports team made it to the state tournament, the team came in one Saturday to sign autographs. Upcoming events include bicycle safety with the Parsons Police Department, water safety with the Kansas Wildlife and Parks and proper flag folding and disposal with the VFW Veterans and Boy Scouts.

“We have had many customers excited that we are offering free fun,” says owner Beth Ryan. “We think these events are a way to become more involved, and we are a place that community wants to come hang out. It definitely brings in a different customer group, so overall it introduces them to our store and team.”

“We love the children of our community; they are the future customers of our stores,” says associate Gina Fought, who organizes and manages the Kids Hour events.

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About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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