745 E. Ninth St., 882-5700
Is it the 1920s look of the exterior? Is it the enlarged vintage postcards of Tucson at the end of each aisle? Is it the abundance of nice folks who are eager to help, who really know how to use all that stuff and who can explain it clearly to befuddled customers? A trip to this Ace Hardware feels like a trip to an earlier era. It's clearly someone's creative passion, and they've gone the extra mile, not just to have a great hardware store, but to anchor it with a sense of place and local history. Since this place opened, we've sworn off the big boxes. Stop in for the free popcorn, and introduce yourself; they'll remember you.