Umber’s Do-It-Best Hardware, a third generation, locally owned hardware business, was featured in the TinCaps “It’s All About You” Hometown Tour promotion on August 5, 2012. Owner Dave Umber had a great morning and stood by to answer questions on WOWO’s radio talk show hosted by Rick Wolf. Customers enjoyed free samples off the grill from Indiana Beef Council, free soft drinks from Pepsi, meeting Johnny the TinCaps mascot and many other giveaways, along with Do-It-Best demonstrations. It was an Umber’s Palooza.
Umber’s retail hardware stores have been serving Fort Wayne since 1944 when founders Lester and Bertha Umber opened for business. The original store was located in Waynedale at the corner of Lower Huntington Road and Old Trail. By 1954, they had outgrown the location and built a new, larger store at the present site in Waynedale.
The same year, Umber’s became an Ace Hardware affiliate. Dwight Umber and his wife Marilyn became second generation owners of the hardware in 1965. Dwight had worked with his parents at the hardware business since it opened. Dwight opened two additional Umber’s Ace Hardware stores. Georgetown North, which opened in 1976 and Time Corners in 1987.
In 1997, Dwight’s son, Dave Umber and his wife Barbara, became the third generation owners of Umber’s. Dave opened the larger Covington Plaza location in 1998 to replace the Time Corners hardware.
Today, they are a Do-It-Best affiliate.
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