Meet Our Staff

Our Knowledgeable Staff Makes All the Difference.


Read Clarke: Proprietor

Since 1982, Read has been applying his business expertise and experience to his hardware store, making it one of the most successful retail shops in the area. He attributes the store’s success to his customers and his staff – their continual feedback and positive efforts to provide quality service and product selection assures that their needs are being filled. We often hear our customers say, ‘Oh, you do have it. I should have come here first.”

Murray Forbes: Store Manager

Murray will be happy to share his years of hardware experience.  He simply has acquired an expansive knowledge of products and has the ability to assist you with any challenge that you bring his way. He is no stranger to the area having grown up here as a kid and moving back here full time since ’03.

Peder Wickstrom: Assistant Store Manager

Peder teams up with Murray to run the everyday operation of the store.  Peder has 25 years of construction experience under his belt and most recently worked for a local company as a custom staircase builder.  His sense of humor is well worth the visit, but his Swedish work ethic is what we appreciate the most!

Kevin Simoni: Sales Associate

Kevin comes to us with over thirty years in the antique and restoration business located here in the Lake Sunapee area.  His knowledge of wood finishing and  home repair products seems to have no end.  You will find him in our paint department and he is ready to help with a smile on his face.

Jen Godkin: Sales Associate, Cashier, Trouble-shooter………

Jen has expanded her horizons and  wears  quite a few “hats” of hardware.   You can find her mixing paint, tending to the House wares Department or just assisting throughout the store.  She always provides quick and courteous experience at the front registers, but will get you on your way whenever or wherever that her help is needed.

Penny Killam: Cashier Extraordinaire


Penny is the sweetheart of our cashier team.  A longtime employee, she always listens to your wants and needs, offers comfort and assurance, and never lets you leave with any dissatisfaction.  That’s our Penny…got a good recipe?

Laurie Lauridsen: Sales Associate


“Miss Garden”: That’s how we refer to Laurie.  She is so very full of lawn, garden, bug, and bird knowledge that your head will be spinning.  She loves a challenge and readily passes on her “know-how” to all of our customers.  With her friendly face, warm personality & local charm you cannot ask for a better shopping experience.



Spencer Jackson: Sales & Service Extraordinaire

Spencer joined us in the summer of 2011 and has been our superstar & “Go-To” guy with customer assistance and behind the scenes accomplishments.  He grew up in Sunapee, recently graduated from Plymouth State College and now is full time member of our sales team.

Vic Montivirdi: Sales Associate

You might remember Vic.  He is a former sales associate, lives in Elkins and has returned after a 5 year absence.  He retired as a computer programmer analyst and wanted to get get his fingers back into hardware, so here he is.  He has brushed the dust off of his knowledge recall, shifted gears away from a monitor screen and greatly enjoys his present commute time.