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Woman-Owned Hardware Business Thrives in US Capital Area

Gina Schaefer never expected to get into the hardware business.  But when she and her husband bought an apartment that needed to be fixed up and there were no local hardware stores, she decided she’d open up one of her own. “I always wanted to own my own business... so the opportunity just presented itself... and I said, ‘This is what I’m going to do,’” Schaefer said. That was in 2003. Today she owns nine thriving hardware stores in and around the Washington D.C. area, serving a...

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