Months after opening the downtown Ace Hardware, the business has finally received their first customer.

Many believed the hardware store would bring more life to the ever-growing downtown scene of woodworkers, metalworkers, and general handyman enthusiasts.

Those dreams seem far-fetched now as downtown residents would enjoy eating $10 cupcakes, rather than repair their crumbling homes.

“Yeah I just want cupcakes, man. I didn’t even know we had a hardware store down here. I might have to check it out,” said one downtown resident.

The first customer was not actually a hardware fan, though.

“I just went there to use the bathroom. It’s a lovely bathroom they’ve got there. It really adds a nice touch to the downtown scene,” said the customer.

Sales at the downtown location have disappointed thus far, but the owners remain optimistic about the new location.

The Sioux Falls Headliner
Adam K. White