Burk’s Ace Opens in Stone Oak
By Amy Morgan
What do most small Texas towns have that Stone Oak has been missing? The personal service found at a dedicated hardware store! But that deficit corrected November 15, when Bobby and Jill Burk opened a new Ace Hardware location on the northeast corner of Blanco Road and 1604 behind the Chick-fil-A.
Burk’s Ace Hardware launched just in time for the Christmas shopping season. In addition to a full line of Ace-branded implements, specialty items and Seen on TV products, Burk’s will carry high end power tools, grills and accessories. Every homeowner needs a selection of drills, saws, and blowers from well-known brands like Milwaukee, Craftsman, Ego, Torro and DeWalt. Burk’s is also one of only a few places licensed to sell the complete line of Stihl equipment. You’ll also find Ace, Benjamin Moore and Magnolia paint, along with a paint matching machine.
Their selection of high-end barbecuing equipment will make a grill master’s mouth water. They stock Traeger, Big Green Egg, Blackstone, Weber, and OOni pizza ovens, all assembled and delivered on request. The Burks plan to hold grilling demonstrations and tastings. Screens throughout will broadcast the big games, encouraging friends and neighbors to linger. “We are 100% customer-first driven,” Bobby said. “We want you to be as comfortable as possible.”
Jill’s been unpacking a wide variety of home décor and gift items to fill the 1000-foot-space at the front of the store dedicated to all things fun and festive. Her goal is to make Burk’s a convenient stop when you need a quick, unique gift. “You can pop in on the way to a girls’ night out or birthday party and select something cute at a great price point,” she said. “We’ll wrap it in a pretty bag, and you’ll be on your way to your event.” Jill’s also scheduling Wine Wednesdays for ladies to mingle.
Now decorated for Christmas, the boutique also carries accessories — earrings, bracelets, small purses, sunglasses — many in school spirit colors. You’ll find cosmetic bags, totes, men’s golf belts, dog toys, Hello Mello and Lazy One pajamas, Hot Sox, themed dish towels and cocktail napkins, and four different candle brands. If you purchase a Yeti product at Burk’s, they’ll monogram it at no additional charge.
The couple looks forward to giving back to the community. They’ve already supported a Rally for the Cure Breast Cancer event. As part of their community focus, the Burks will showcase local artisans producing one-of-a-kind items. They’re the first to offer a Reagan staff member a spot to sell her Noura Blanc candles. “Her husband makes the vessels,” Jill enthused. They also hope to schedule demonstrations by an artist who chisels brands or logos onto handmade, wooden cutting boards – what a perfect display for charcuterie!
Weekend warriors will find everything they need to complete a home improvement project, along with the personalized service that sets Ace hardware apart from a big box store. You can even come in to have someone sharpen your knives. Staff members are all extensively cross trained to be able to knowledgeably help customers find just the right item.
You may recognize friendly faces in the aisles or behind the cash registers, as they’ve hired friends and former Reagan schoolmates of their young adult son and daughter.
Jill and Bobby are life-long San Antonians and long-time Stone Oak residents.
Covid shutdowns gave the couple time to think about their next adventure. With the kids graduating from high school, the empty nest nudged the couple to take the next step. Bobby recalled many happy memories as a child spending time with his great-grandfather in the family hardware store in Utopia and had always dreamed about owning one of his own. His great-grandfather’s historic building was the oldest in town, and Bobby still can picture the wooden floors, the aisles full of treasures, the men talking around the coffee pot and the bell on the door.
“Every time I walk into hardware store it brings me back to my childhood,” Bobby said. In his long career selling lumber Bobby made many friends within the hardware and building supply business. He consulted a friend who owns stores in Lulling and discovered Ace was looking to expand into the San Antonio market. The timing to bring one to Stone Oak couldn’t have been better. “I’ve been around this market for 30 years,” Bobby said, “and I’m very familiar with the way Ace operates.” The former home of Too Good to Be Threw provided an ideal Stone Oak location. One of Bobby’s finishing touches – installing a bell to replicate the one in Utopia.
Pop into Burk’s Ace to find the perfect gift for both the do-it-yourselfer or stylish spouse – stay to watch the game with your Stone Oak neighbors.