The building still echoes, but the clientele has changed.
This is the old Kocourek and Sons Hardware store in Hazen. John Kocourek himself started building in 1906, as a new location for his business. He'd started in the hardware business back in 1892. Kocourek, a Grand Prairie developer, had big plans for his store.
Time passed. Eventually, John passed the business along to his son Frank, who eventually passed it on to his son Dink. Now, Dink managed the store for a while, but he fell into ill health, and in 1980 he sold the store to his friend, Conley House.
Fortunately, he met Greg and Barbara Rawn, who were interested in the store. They took over and started changing things.
By this point, the building was in ill repair. but with a lot of hard work, dedication, and a little craziness -- the Rawns were able to restore and revitalize the store itself. And today you can see it, too.
There were a number of odd tools and implements among the collection of items at the store -- and more farm and woods equipment donated from around Hazen. These items have been elevated to museum pieces, proudly displayed in antique cabinets on the east wall. On other walls, you'll find fine examples of taxidermist art from decades past.
You can visit Kocourek and Son Hardware at 56 East Front Street in Hazen. The store is open 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday. For more information, call the store at (870) 255-DINK (3465), or check out the Kocourek and Sons website.