In 1953 Giff Davidge and Bill Hanly became partners and opened Valley Hardware in what is now the Denmarket Square in Solvang. In the sixties Bill moved the operation to where it is today and the store evolved into a Hardware and Nursery center. Ken Verkler, Bills son in law, came on board and worked with Bill in 1972 and became part of the ACE Hardware Coop. Ken and JoAnn bought the business from Bill in 1987 and have continued to operate and expand Valley Hardware. Ben Verkler, Ken and JoAnn’s son, moved back to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1998 and is continuing the tradition of a locally owned and family operated business.

What the santa ynez valley customers say…

This is one of the best stores in town, every local is here weekly for practically anything.

From household cleaning supplies, garden supplies, hardware items, etc to decorative items, frames, candles, picnic supplies, and large scale things like patio swings, benches, and fire pits.

Seasonally, they have great things – especially the Christmas items. Locals go early to buy the Christmas Village collections.  They have table upon table of Christmas goodies and a nice train table display with an animated town.  Taking the kids for a stroll is a fun activity to get into the spirit!

The staff are wonderful, helpful and knowledgeable.
They give balloons to kids, know what they’re doing and are happy.

A great place to walk around, inside and out, and a useful place for whatever you need.  What would we do without Valley Hardware?…