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.