A.C. Hoyt Hardware in Edmeston has been home to hardware transactions for the past 125 years. The store is a fixture in the community.
“It smells and sounds like an old hardware store,” said Jamison Hoyt, third-generation store owner. “It is a smells like old timber and old tools — and the sounds this old building makes – you can tell it has been around a while.”
The store was built in 1882 as a hardware store by the Hopkins family. Originally there were two buildings with an alley between them.
“The story goes that Mr. Hopkins rented out the other building to his competition,” Hoyt said. “Later on the two buildings were merged.”
Hoyt’s grandfather bought the hardware store in 1962. Arlie C. Hoyt and his wife, Marie Hoyt, ran the business together for more than 50 years.
“My grandparents are 85 years old, and they come in here to work six days a week,” Jamison Hoyt said. “They have been married 65 years. You just don’t see that very much these days.”
The elder Hoyt’s passed their work ethic down the family line.
“I thank God every day that I have this opportunity,” Jamison Hoyt said. “There are not many people who are lucky enough to have a family job just waiting for them. I like this business. I like the people. When you grow up in a small community, you really get to know everyone. I like being a part of this community.”
Jamison Hoyt said it was not always that way.
“When I was younger, I took it for granted because it was just always here,” Jamison Hoyt said. “I went to SUNY Delhi for culinary arts. Then I went to Oneonta, and then to Syracuse to work in the restaurant business. But I didn’t really like it. In fact I hated it. It was about that time that my dad wanted to get out of the family business and do something else and I wanted to come back.”