I want a store like this in my town...or at least in my area. A store I could get lost in for hours on end while rummaging through the tool bins and drawers searching for the right hand tool with the correct angle and the proper heft.
The wood floor would creak and the smell of a dusty attic mixed with a smidgen of grease and coffee would linger. On the bulletin board by the front door there would be no less than three ads for "Seasoned Fire Wood." A few others would read, "No job too big or small...call Rick." The owner would likely know everyone's name that came through the door. He would pair up those looking for work with those looking to have work done. If someone was looking to build or repair something for the first time on their own, they would find help from the owner or from the seasoned tradesman pacing the aisles who couldn't help but chime in after overhearing the question.
Most conversations would begin with something like how to sharpen or clean a particular tool. Then maybe talk about using the tool and not wanting to "bear down on it too hard for fear of burning the wood." Conversation would drift to how "a maple will rot quickly if left on the ground too long," and "oh, by the way, a maple tree fell across the back of Crenshaws' pick up truck and he's selling it cheap. He's also looking to have the tree removed." Three days later you're tossing the last of the maple tree in the back of your new (slightly crushed) truck. Hey, why not. With only 75,000 miles you'll eventually find another truck with a decent frame and body and then swap out the motor. Until then it will graze out in the yard. Half the tree is milled and the other half becomes firewood.
In a perfect world this place would have a tool sharing program and a small engine repair shop out back. It would be flanked by a sandwich shop and a small pub. Perfection. No doubt it would be a welcome addition to any small downtown...including mine.