Ads from the Past: Harris Hardware

Hennepin-Lake, History — By on January 9, 2013 7:30 am

A 1981 ad from Harris Hardware, located on the northeast corner of Hennepin and 31st Street (3045 Hennepin).

Harris Hardware ad

This 1981 Harris Hardware ad suggests gift ideas for the 1981 Christmas holiday.

The Presto Popper for $19.88 is the exact same price you will pay in 2013 on

Harris Hardware replaced Bonhus Hardware at 3045 Hennepin Avenue in the early-to-mid 1960s. Bonhus had operated at that location from sometime before 1930. Harris Hardware was a part of the Ok Hardware distribution network, which in 1986 switched its name to Trustworthy Hardware Stores (according to the Star Tribune). Between 1985 and 1990, the store had been replaced by Now Sports.

Today, the location is home to a newly-constructed retail building with a CB2 store as the tenant.

Thatcher Imboden

How cities work and change, how they are the product of their inhabitants and outside forces, and the resulting livability keep me thinking and dreaming about the future. I work in transit oriented development and have a background in urban real estate development. I am Past President of an Uptown business organization, grew up in Uptown, was on an Uptown neighborhood association Board, and am an Uptown and Lyn-Lake historian.

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