At the Marine Supply and Hardware store in Anacortes, the early 1900’s blends nicely with 2019; the store continues to thrive as one of the oldest marine hardware stores in the country. Both the business and the building are over a hundred years old, but don’t let the age fool you. This historic hardware business keeps abreast of the times, offering the latest marine hardware items along with those special antique treasures.

The business was started in 1910 by Greek immigrant Efthemios (Mike) Demopoulous and started as the Anacortes Junk Co. The business lasted through three generations before it sold to Lea Mayberry, owner of Alley Cat Antiques. One of the keys to success for this long-standing marine business is how quickly they adapt. They have managed to change with the times, while maintaining their true character.

What started out as a supplier for the commercial fishing industry and the local mills, now caters mostly to tourists who come from all over the globe just to see this iconic place. One of the main attractions of Marine Hardware Supply is its unique collection of hardware. They will often put the oddest items out front to stimulate people’s imaginations.

“The reason why we sell so many odd things, is because we have so many odd things,” said Store Manager Rick Sohn.

Rick Sohn has been with the Marine Hardware & Supply store for thirty-one years. His years of knowledge in the marine and hardware industry provide an invaluable service for store customers. With the combined experience and “know-how” from store clerks, Larry Norman and Jack Curl, the team can answer just about any question a boater or non-boater throws at them. Do-it-yourselfers appreciate the local knowledge and friendly service.

What do boaters love about this business?

  1. They have a large selection of fittings and odd fittings. A boater can find just about any size they may need.
  2. Boaters will most likely find an answer to their question or be referred to a network of local resources.
  3. The unique collection of hardware draws boaters and tourists from all over, who appreciate the small-town atmosphere and friendly service.

When asked what item is most popular in their store, the answer was a surprise — gloves, hats, and t-shirts, followed by knives and books.

In today’s world, it’s rare to find a small business that remains successful through changing times, while retaining its character and meeting its customers’ needs.

Happy treasure hunting the next time you find yourself in the Marine Hardware & Supply store in Anacortes, or any of the other fine marine hardware stores in the Pacific Northwest.

  1. Second Wave at the Boatyard 
    www.secondwaveattheboatyard.com
    3720 Harborview Dr.
    Gig Harbor, WA 98332
    253-509-0798
    (online catalog of items)
  2. Longship Marine 
    18971 Front Street NE
    Poulsbo, WA 98370
    Facebook Page
    360-779-2378
    (new and used items)
  3.  Marine Thrift 
    nwmaritime.org/marine-thrift
    315B Haines Place (Boat Haven)
    Port Townsend, WA 98368
    360-379-5807
    (donated items support Northwest Maritime Center)
  4. Pacific Marine Exchange 
    www.pacificmarine.com www.ebay.com/str/pacificmarine
    Bellingham, WA 98225
    360-738-8535
    (new and used items)
    ONLINE ONLY
  5. Spencers Marine Supply & Consignment 
    www.spencersmarinesupply.com
    2240 Harbour Road
    Sidney, B.C. V8L 2P6
    778-351-1400
    (new and used items
  6. Bitter End Boaters Exchange 
    www.thebitterendboatersexchange.com
    1044 Seamount Way
    Gibsons, B.C. V0N 1V7
    604-886-3326
    (new and used equipment)
  7. All Things Marine Thrift Store
    Unit 14 – 2300 Canoe Cove Rd
    Canoe Cove, B.C
    http://mmbc.bc.ca
    Hours: Friday and Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
    Selling donated used marine items year-round as a fundraiser for the Maritime Museum of BC. The Thrift Store is entirely operated by Museum volunteers. Donated books and marine items will be gladly accepted. Contact Ann Jones at ajones@mmbc.bc.ca for more information or250-385-4222 x102. Direct Number for the Store: 778-351-0011
  8. Marine Supply and Hardware in Anacortes
    www marinesupplyandhardware.com
    202 Commercial Ave
    Anacortes, WA 98221
    360-293-3014
    (new and used equipment)