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Thalco
1462 Second Avenue
Near 76th Street
212-288-2680


You could pass by this tiny hardware store every day and see only the scaffolding, trailers, and massive iron rafters of the high-rise being built next door. Look closer, though, and youll see a steady stream of supers, contractors, and East Side residents whod never think of going anywhere else. Manager Jerry Cotler -- a third-generation hardware man -- knows hell never win a price war against the Home Depots of the world (I can probably walk in there and buy something cheaper than what Im paying my suppliers for), but then, no one comes to Thalco for the prices. They come because people at conglomerates wont remember your kids name, or waive delivery charges (only imposed for orders under $30) because they dont want anyone to hurt themselves carrying something extra-heavy, or listen for twenty minutes as you explain that problem with the thingamabob on your whatchamacallit.
 
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