Michael Ciavolino is the new proud owner of Majestic’s Hardware in Gardiner.
Ciavolino bought Majestic’s Hardware in September. At that time, Ciavolino was looking to buy a business with the help of a business broker. After seeing that Majestic’s Hardware was for sale he contacted the owners, Rick and Laura Majestic. Following a tour of the business, Ciavolino fell in love with the place and bought it. He noted that he has loved hardware stores since boyhood. Prior to that, the business had been owned by the Majestic family since 1947.
This is the first business Ciavolino has owned. Prior to becoming the owner of Majestic’s Hardware, he worked in the home textile business. He sold items such as bed sheets, comforters and towels to businesses like Walmart.
Since becoming owner, Ciavolino has broadened the store’s inventory from traditional hardware merchandise. The store now offers household cleaners, housewares such as coffee machines and ovens as well as kitchen gadgets like ladles, spatulas and salad bowls. The store is also now open on Sundays. Ciavolino hopes that Majestic’s Hardware will continue to serve the community.
“[My goal is to] offer the town of Gardiner and other towns the opportunity to buy different products and provide good customer service,” Ciavolino said.
To celebrate its new owner as well as the store’s loyal customers, Majestic’s Hardware held Customer Appreciation Day on Oct. 26.
Warm weather and clear skies set the stage for a well-received event. Guests were treated to hamburgers and hotdogs provided by Cafe Mio. Attendees got to test their aim via axe throwing supplied by Hudson Valley Hatchet. Youngsters were able to get their faces painted by Michael Delman of Sunflower Art Studios. A Stihl hat, knife set and two frames were raffled off as well as a paint brush set.