Out and About
Johnson Hardware Company
Showing You the World in Hardware
By Kate Beiting
In 1855, travelers heading west stopped in the dusty town of Omaha to purchase supplies to outfit their wagons for the journey. They headed to Johnson Hardware Company, just past the river, to purchase wood, tools, tarps, and building supplies. They were greeted by knowledgeable folk who understood the challenges ahead. The suppliers were honest, fair, and courteous. If you walk into one of their stores today, you will find the same sound business practices that made them popular so long ago: high quality, wide variety, and great customer service.
There are now five Johnson Hardware Company locations: two in Omaha, one in Grand Island, one in Lincoln, and one in Dodge Center, Minnesota. I visited the store at 13817 Industrial Road in Omaha and spoke with the store manager, Brad Slocum. There are two additional design professionals and two full-time installation technicians at this location. They can handle any design challenges you may have and are skilled at helping you select from hundreds of types of hardware.
Whether you are remodeling one space in your house, sprucing up your home room by room, or getting ready to build your dream home, you’re going to need things like cabinet pulls, doors, towel bars, or other supplies to create the design that you are dreaming about. Some homeowners might head to a big box store to purchase those things because they believe it will be less expensive. Before you decide where to shop, consider the hidden costs in that type of shopping. Big box stores may be convenient, but if you want expert technical advice, an abundance of styles and finishes, or help figuring out where to even begin, a professional consultation is priceless. The folks at Johnson Hardware can show you endless possibilities and choices within your budget. They pride themselves on the one-on-one relationships they build and the customer service they provide. That means they help in your design, options, selections, measurements, installation, and satisfaction. They are invested in giving you a unique and productive shopping experience.
If you step into the showroom at Johnson Hardware Company West (on Industrial Road), you will see craftsmanship, beauty, and unique designs. You will find a wide range of hardware supplies, available in a variety of styles, finishes, and price ranges. Whether your price point for a doorknob is two dollars or two hundred dollars, you’ll find what you want at Johnson Hardware. The showroom is laid out beautifully, floor to ceiling, with categories of products by company, style, and finish. You can choose from items made by brands like Moen, Gatco, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Anne at Home, Carpe Diem, Emtek, and more.
No matter what kind of questions you ask, they will be answered by the knowledgeable sales staff. Have you had it with your spring-loaded toilet paper roller? Check out the rollerless toilet paper holders and other accessories for the bathroom. How much fun would it be to select one of their towel warmers, go home and plug it in (or even have them install it hard-wired), and step out of your next shower to a warm, fluffy towel? That sounds like spa time to me.
Replacing cabinet pulls or hardware is a small investment that can change the entire appearance of a room. Are you more of a traditional decorator? Victorian? Ultra-modern? Retro? Colonial? Minimalist? Lots of bling? Bring in your sketches or pictures of ideas and let the design team go to work. They will deliver the items to your home, install them, and then follow up to make sure you are satisfied.
Johnson Hardware Company may have been around for 165 years, but that doesn’t mean they’re stuck in the past. They offer products that put new technology to work in your home. Maybe it’s time for a keyless combination dead bolt. They are quick and easy, and you won’t have to worry about you or your family getting locked out. While you’re thinking about the front door…how does it look? Your front door is how your home says hello to guests and passersby. If it’s time for a new look, check out the unique styles and finishes available in the showroom.
Johnson Hardware Company has a long history in Omaha as a well-respected specialty store that prides itself on great selection, sound advice, and a commitment to customer service. Get in touch today with the design consultants for assistance with your next project. Johnson Hardware Company West is located at 13817 Industrial Road, in Omaha. You can reach them by phone at 402-445-2596. Online, you can find them on Facebook or at jhcomaha.com.