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…

Found our new hardware store, having just moved to the area, though to be honest, it’s really unfair to call VH&GC a hardware store, they have such an enormous stock of everything from really reasonable patio umbrellas to fine cookware and the usual nuts and bolts. It’s become our touchstone when we go into town. Easy access and the nicest people, except Judith (just kidding, she’s awesome). There are very few things they don’t have, the best selection I’ve seen and we moved here from Marin and, their prices are lower than I had expected, mostly in line with Home Depot if not less spendy and again, the people know what they’re talking about and are well informed on the products they offer. They even have my favorite orange slices (candy) by the front door. Vally Hardware ROCKS!!!!