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Bay Area hardware stores battle through a crazy year

In San Francisco, the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn have hit many local businesses like a ton of bricks. But for a select few sectors, business has been booming, from the grocery stores that saw mobs of panic-buyers to the gardening centers overwhelmed by bored quarantiners starting victory gardens.

So, what about our neighborhood hardware stores, trustworthy bastions of power tools and cleaning supplies? Are they crazy-busy from the legions of people taking on home improvement projects, or struggling to survive? Four of our favorite local spots told us how they’re doing, from enduring multiple burglaries to seeing soaring sales on unexpected items.

Cliff’s Variety


While business has generally been OK in 2020 at Cliff’s Variety in the Castro, general manager Terry Asten Bennett said they’re forecasting a rough fourth quarter. A lot of the store’s sales come from gifts, souvenirs and seasonal items, and with Halloween effectively canceled and

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Area homes sales up despite shortage | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines



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Home sales in the Region remained strong in August despite the continued shortage of homes on the market and the rising prices, according to information from the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.

GNIAR collects sales data from members in a seven-county area, including Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, Starke and Pulaski. In August, the members reported selling 1,246 homes, almost 100 more than August of 2019, or an increase of 8.3%. August was also up from July’s total of 1,227. For the year, sales are about 1% up from 2019 at 7,113 units sold.

The median price of a home rose almost 12% from a year ago to $211,500 and it jumped almost 5% from July’s median price of $202,000. So far this year, the median price of a home has risen 8% to $189,000.

GNIAR CEO Pete Novak said a total of about

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What $1M can buy in the Nashville area

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a tree in front of a house: 1807 Tyne Blvd., Nashville 37215


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1807 Tyne Blvd., Nashville 37215

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1807 Tyne Blvd, Nashville 37215

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Year built: 1974

Square feet: 3,818

Price: $1M

Description:

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Glass fire 50% contained after destroying 600 homes in California’s Napa-Sonoma area

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The devastating Glass fire burning in Napa and Sonoma counties is now halfway contained, with evacuation orders remaining in place for thousands while damage inspection teams continue to assess the wildfire’s extensive destruction, authorities say.



a group of fruit hanging from a tree: The vineyards at the Somerston Estate Winery & Vineyards, photographed on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 in St. Helena, California. Wineries like Somerston are forgoing a 2020 vintage due to the ongoing wildfire season, which has seen two major wildfires in the region so far.


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The vineyards at the Somerston Estate Winery & Vineyards, photographed on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 in St. Helena, California. Wineries like Somerston are forgoing a 2020 vintage due to the ongoing wildfire season, which has seen two major wildfires in the region so far.

Since igniting outside of Calistoga on Sept. 27 and growing intensely toward Santa Rosa in its first 48 hours due to heavy wind gusts, the fire has now consumed at least 600 homes, Cal Fire’s Sonoma-Lake-Napa unit said in a Tuesday morning incident update. The state fire agency reports the blaze is now 66,840 acres and 50% contained.

Emergency officials in the past

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Rockford area again under Frost Advisory overnight, but major improvements loom this week

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – It goes without saying that we’ve been mired in quite a cool stretch of weather the past several days, and the coldest temperatures of the entire stretch are likely still ahead of us tonight. But there’s good news on the horizon, and plenty of it. Improvements get underway as early as Monday, with a return to more seasonable conditions likely.



text, logo: Our first Frost Advisory of the season is in effect.


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Our first Frost Advisory of the season is in effect.

Before we get there, though, another frosty night is ahead of us Sunday. For the second time in four nights, a Frost Advisory is in effect for the Stateline. This time, though, the advisory encompasses the entire area, not just a portion of it. Clear skies and light winds will allow for temperatures to fall to between 30° and 35°. Protective measures should be taken with any tender vegetation which may

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Relaxed regulations have calming effect on Cy-Fair area nursing homes

After a heart-breaking five months of isolation, seniors in area nursing homes and assisted living centers have some new options for seeing their loved ones.

At a press conference on Sept. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new visitation guidance for eligible nursing homes, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities, home and community-based service providers, and inpatient hospice effective Thursday, Sept. 24.

“I certainly applaud Gov. Abbott and the HHSC (Health and Human Services Commission) on working to reduce and relieve some of the restrictions with visitation,” said Derek Prince, CEO HMG Healthcare who manages Park Manor of CyFair.


“We value the psycho and social well-being and family relationships,” he said. “It’s been extremely trying for our patient population and our families. We’re excited to be able to put this stuff together,” he said.

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What $410,000 can buy in the Nashville area

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a large lawn in front of a house: 2708 Overhill Circle, Nashville 37214


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2708 Overhill Circle, Nashville 37214

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Year built: 1938

Square feet: 2,081

Price: $410,000

Description: Three-bedroom, two-bathroom home with storage space, sitting/office nooks, sunroom, hardwoods,

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Demand for homes in Nashville area has Realtors knocking on doors

Strangers are knocking on doors and calling phones across the Nashville region, but they aren’t selling anything. They want to buy something — your house.

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Realtors under pressure to find homes for clients who are ready to buy are looking for homeowners who are ready to sell. The problem is, there simply aren’t enough homes for sale to meet demand.

“The market continues to get tighter and tighter and tighter,” said Keller Williams Realtor Roger Poulin, who recently spent an afternoon knocking on doors in East Nashville’s Lockeland Springs neighborhood.

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“Half the people I talked with told me, ‘You’re about the 50th person who’s knocked on my door,’” he said. “It’s a trend.”

The problem is simple arithmetic.

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A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Fall 2020 edition)

Find home improvement and gardening classes for Milwaukee, Waukesha and the surrounding counties. Here is a roundup of home and garden events, craft and hobby shows, and where to find more information:



a group of people standing in a garden: They're decking out the Mitchell Park Domes for the popular Milwaukee landmark's annual holiday show, which opens Saturday.


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They’re decking out the Mitchell Park Domes for the popular Milwaukee landmark’s annual holiday show, which opens Saturday.

All Saints Lutheran Church: Fall Craft Fair, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Nov. 7. Crafters, raffle, bake sale and luncheon. 9131 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek. (414) 762-5111.

American Legion Park: Pioneer Farm Days, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10-11. Old-time farm show with antique tractors, engines and machinery. Flea market, farmers market and food. Free admission. 9327 S. Shepard Ave., Oak Creek. (414) 768-8580; pioneerfarmdays.com

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Apple Holler: Apple Picking, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Last bag sold one hour before closing. 5006 S. Sylvania Ave.,

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Best Pick Reports Provides Seattle and Tacoma Area Homeowners a Source for Guaranteed Home Service Contractors

SEATTLE, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — For the first time, homeowners in the Seattle and Tacoma areas counties are receiving a new home services contractors guide that – unlike other listings – provides a guarantee on the work of its companies. Best Pick Reports has a strong focus on supporting local businesses to help lessen the impact of the pandemic on the local economies of the Seattle and Tacoma areas.  They also understand that finding a trusted professional to complete home services and improvement projects can be tricky.

Each Best Pick company has been thoroughly reviewed via an unparalleled, independent certification process. Inclusion in the guide is by invitation alone, and that invitation is extended only if a company has met strict qualifying criteria. Companies are not able to buy space in the guide or pay for a good rating – they are individually evaluated based on hundreds of 

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