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Ace Is The Place

During the 22 years Julie and Bob Fatherley have lived in Westport, they’ve become big fans of a nearby store.

Jim and A.J. Izzo run Crossroads Ace Hardware —  “a fantastic local business,” she says.

Crossroads Hardware, Westport CTTheir customer service is “incredible,” Julie adds. “Their great assistant, Joe Italiano, has even made house calls to some of my friends.”

Recently, Joe assembled a tool kit for the Fatherley’s young grandson, Gordon. The 2 1/2-year-old loves to hammer nails into wood with Bob.

The other day, 3 generations of Fatherley males headed over to Crossroads. The boy brought along freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

It was a typical Saturday: busy as heck. Everyone had a question, request or command of the staff.

Nonetheless, Joe took Gordon on a tour of all the wonders to be found in a hardware store.

“This is what community is all about,” Julie says.

It is indeed. A tiny gesture — but one that resonates with an entire family.

And one that helps make a young boy understand what the world — and, just as importantly, the people in one small community — are all about.