Saturday, September 1, 2012
Bayers Hardware closing Saturday Sept. 1.
With the closing of Bayers Do It Best Hardware on Saturday, Linden Hills will lose its "unofficial mayor." Sure, Bob Bayers will still live in the neighborhood and will still be seen around town, but by his own admission, he'll be absorbed in finding a new line of work to support himself into retirement and deciding the fate of his soon-to-be-former store's building. He and his ex-wife own the building together. Starting in the mid-1970's, as he took on more roles at what was then his father's store, Bayers took on bigger roles in the neighborhood. It started small—lending his voice to the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council's yearly auction in pre-silent auction days—but soon expanded. The neighborhood connection led to his serving on the …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Linden Hills store closes Sept. 1
With less than two weeks to go, Bob Bayers is elbows deep in trying to liquidate all his remaining stock as he prepares to close the doors Bayers Do It Best Hardware for a final time on Sept. 1. As he told Patch in an interview earlier this month, he's hardly got any time to think about much beyond that. However, he and his family still own the building the store has occupied for 89 years, meaning at some point soon, Bayers will turn his attention to the future. Any final choice would be his and his family's, but Bayers has repeatedly said he wants to make sure that any future tennant of the former silent movie theater is a "good fit" for the 43rd and Upton business district. So just what would be a "good fit" for 4312 Upton Avenue South…
Friday, August 10, 2012
Blaming the competition for business failure may be part of the grief process. It doesn’t tell the entire story
Friday, August 10, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Southwest Minneapolis customers queued up to get first picks on store's stock.
By the time Bob Bayers opened the bolt on the Bayers Do It Best Hardware front door at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, a line had formed outside. Around 40 people stood on the sidewalk, waiting for the doors to open on the first day of the end of a shop that had stood in Linden Hills for nearly 90 years. The store's owner, neighborhood stalwart Bob Bayers, had announced days earlier that he had decided to surrender and end a loosing battle against another family-owned hardware store only a few paces away from his. Now, he's trying to sell off every last snowblower, case of soda, and shelf before the store closes for good on Sept. 1. By mid-morning, a relative flood of at least 80 people had moved through Bayers' doors, some seeking deals …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Bayers out-competed by Settergrens Hardware
On August 11, Linden Hills will be celebrating with Bob Bayers. Only, the "unofficial mayor of Linden Hills" won't be fȇting the launch of some new civic venture like the 9-11 Tribute Concert—he'll be retiring after 45 years at his store. After 89 years in Linden Hills, Bayers Do It Best hardware store will close its doors on Sept. 1, after a lengthy sale beginning Thursday July 26. In an email, Bayers told Patch that he will have a retirement party at the store on Aug. 11. The cause is easy for anyone in Linden Hills to guess. Last year, Mark Settergren bought the old Linden Hills Co-Op building and opened a branch of his Fulton hardware store, Settergren's Ace Hardware in the space. At around twice the size, many questioned …
Friday, July 20, 2012
Southwest Minneapolis students will perform "Encrypted for Murder," an original play, on the cars of the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line.
Murder by poisoning, a mysterious code and a hidden spy are all in store for riders on the Minnesota Streetcar Museum when “Encrypted for Murder: A Streetcar Murder Mystery” premieres this weekend. “It’s a unique theater experience,” said Rod Eaton, who is a senior superintendent for the museum, as well as the organization’s event coordinator. “It’s very immersive.” The original play, which will be performed aboard a moving streetcar by a cast of Southwest High School students and recent graduates, takes the audience back in time to 1942. It’s the peak of World War II and two sailors about to ship off to war board the streetcar for one last night on the town with their dates. However, a sinister turn of events sees the evening go awry for …
Monday, September 12, 2011
This memorial concerts was organizer Bob Bayers' last.
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Monday, September 12, 2011
As the sun set over Lake Harriet, over 1,000 Southwest Minneapolis and area residents marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The memorial concert was made all the more somber by low-flying airliners bound out of Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport, roaring through skies as clear as those over New York City ten years ago. Following this year's concert, long-time event organizer and Linden Hills businessman Bob Bayers will turn the tradition over to the community. To help plan the next concert, contact the organizing committee.