A little history...

Steamboat Ace Hardware is a locally owned and operated home and hardware store. Originally Steamboat True Value, the store's legacy in Steamboat dates back to 1984 when brothers Denny and Wayne Swanson opened up business shortly after moving westward from Batavia, Illinois. Like so many residents, their hearts were drawn to the Colorado mountains by a shared passion for skiing, hiking, and fishing. The Swansons had spent their lives in the hardware trade, their parents, Art and Marian, having started Swanson Hardware in Illinois in 1947. Steamboat True Value would prove a natural fit in the Yampa Valley community.

In 2004, seeking a larger building, Denny and partner Scott Schlapkohl moved the store to a new location in the Curve Plaza. With the store's re-opening, we also joined the Ace Hardware team, becoming Steamboat Ace Hardware. Sadly, after years of illness, Wayne Swanson passed away in 2006, though we know his sprit is looking down approvingly on the selection of locally tied Fly Fishing flies we now stock. The new 26,000 square foot facility, as well as the partnership with the Ace co-op, has proved beneficial for the Steamboat Springs community and the Steamboat Ace Hardware family.

Offering a full line of tools, hardware, paint, electrical and plumbing supplies, interior design, seasonal and housewares gift departments, it is a unique shopping experience. Steamboat Ace Hardware has a big city selection with a hometown feel. Come see all your friends at Ace and please ask us about special orders if there's something you can't find.


Swanson Hardware in 1956 and Steamboat Ace Hardware at the present day



Our Staff

Denny Swanson - Owner (1970s photo)
Bridget Kelly - Store Manager
Tina Pelham - Paint Area Manager
  Jeff Knox - Seasonal dept. manager
Zach Murphy - Paint Manager
 
Jeff Knox - Seasonal dept. manager

Zach Murphy - Cleaning supplies buyer

Richard Dastyck - Special orders


 

<p><span style="font-size: 130%;"><strong style="font-size: 130%;">A
little history</strong>...</span></p>
<p><strong><span style="font-size: 110%;">Steamboat Ace Hardware</span></strong>
is a locally owned and operated home and hardware store. Originally
Steamboat True Value, the store's legacy in Steamboat runs back to
1984, when brothers Denny and Wayne Swanson opened the store shortly
after moving westward from Batavia, Illinois. Like so many residents,
their hearts were drawn to the mountains by a shared passion for
skiing, hiking, and fishing. The Swansons had grown up in the hardware
trade, their parents, Art and Marian, having started Swanson Hardware
in Illinois in 1947. With a lifetime's experience behind them,
Steamboat True Value would prove a natural fit in the Steamboat
community.</p>
<p>In 2004, seeking a larger building, Denny and partner Scott
Schlapkohl moved the store to a new location in the Curve Plaza. With
the store's re-opening, we also joined the Ace Hardware Co-op, becoming
Steamboat Ace Hardware. The new 26,000 square foot facility, as well as
the partnership with Ace, has proved beneficial for the Steamboat
community and the Steamboat Ace Hardware family. Sadly, after years of
illness, Wayne Swanson passed away in 2006, though we know his sprit is
looking down approvingly on the selection of locally tied Fly Fishing
flies we now stock.<br>
<br>
Offering a full line of tools, hardware, paint, electrical and plumbing
supplies, interior design, seasonal and housewares gift departments, it
is a unique shopping experience. Steamboat Ace Hardware has a big city
selection with a hometown level of service. Come see all your friends
at Steamboat Ace Hardware and please ask us about special orders if
there's something you can't find.<br>
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src="/storage/SwansonHardware-combined955x326.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1316752810263"
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Hardware
in 1956 and Steamboat Ace Hardware at the present day</span></span></p>
<p><strong><span style="font-size: 140%;">Our Staff</span></strong></p>
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- Owner (1970s photo)</span></span><br>
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