If there’s a retail biz where customer service still matters, it’s the hardware biz. And here’s a challenge: Try walking through one of Missoula’s Ace Hardware stores without an associate offering to help you find what you need. Go ahead, we dare you. We’ll even stand at the front of the store and clock how long it takes—while we munch on the complimentary popcorn, of course. Ace Hardware: 2301 Brooks St • 728-3030 and 905 E Broadway • 721-9690 • acehardware.com

Finalists, Best Hardware Store

2. Home ReSource • 1515 Wyoming St • 541-8300 • homeresource.org

3. Lowe’s • 3100 N Reserve St • 329-1800 • lowes.com

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