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7 Twinkly Tips for National Christmas Lights Day

November 17, 2020

The jolly elves at Westlake Ace Hardware offer these products and tips to add extra twinkle to your holiday season. Very soon, streets everywhere will be awash with the familiar twinkle of the season. And with more people staying home for the holidays this year, many have decided to decorate more than they normally do, […]

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Shopping Early and Sparking Joy

November 11, 2020

Getting a head start on holiday shopping and finding the perfect holiday gift is as close as your neighborhood hardware store. Holiday celebrations may look a little different this year as many families consider staying closer to home and having smaller or online gatherings. Because of this, people are opting to do their gift shopping […]

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Focus on Fire Safety in October

October 7, 2020

Westlake Ace Hardware and The National Fire Protection Association offer tips to prevent kitchen fires and keep your home and family safe. Now more than ever, we are all enjoying a lot of quality time at home, and with Autumn’s crisp nights, we are often drawn back into the kitchen to cook up warm, comforting […]

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Second chances. Second lives. Second helpings.

October 5, 2020

Westlake Ace Hardware and Veterans Community Project join forces to launch Bravo Bravo Que BBQ sauces – with 100 percent of the proceeds going to end Veteran homelessness. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (October 5, 2020) – Westlake Ace Hardware announced today that it is partnering with Veterans Community Project (VCP) to help end Veteran homelessness, one bottle of delicious […]

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4 Tasty Ways to Celebrate National Hot Dog Day on July 22

July 17, 2020

  Westlake Ace Hardware’s champion BBQ expert offers four tasty new recipes to help hungry fans of this summertime staple celebrate.   KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 16, 2020) – National Hot Dog Day is truly the most wonderful time of the year for hot dog fans everywhere. On Wednesday, July 22, we celebrate the beloved […]

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Record $130,000 Raised for Heat Relief

July 7, 2020

Westlake Ace Hardware and The Salvation Army raise funds to give more than 9,100 fans to those in need. Kansas City, MO – July 7, 2020 – Westlake Ace Hardware recently partnered with The Salvation Army for their annual fan drive. This is the 14th year of the partnership that benefits local communities by providing […]

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Westlake Ace Hardware Stores Host a June Fan Drive

June 2, 2020

Westlake is partnering with The Salvation Army to help local citizens keep cool this summer. The fans will be distributed in July. KANSAS CITY, MO – June 1, 2020 – With summer fast approaching, Westlake Ace Hardware stores throughout the nation are gearing up to host their annual fan drive benefiting The Salvation Army. The fan […]

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Westlake Ace Hardware to Open New Store in Lenexa, Kansas

May 27, 2020

The store will be Westlake’s 22nd location in the Kansas City metro area. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 27, 2020) – Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it has signed a lease to open a new store at 101st Street and Woodland Road in Lenexa, Kan. To be built at the corner of Woodland and K-10 Highway […]

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Westlake Ace Hardware Expands in St. Louis

May 19, 2020

With the acquisition of Brandt & Sons Ace Hardware, Westlake will own and operate three stores in the St. Louis, Mo. area. KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 19, 2020) – Westlake Ace Hardware announced today it will purchase Brandt & Sons Ace Hardware. The store is located at 12634 Dorsett Road in Maryland Heights, Mo. It […]

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Westlake ACE store teams partner with their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

March 10, 2020

Each year our Westlake ACE stores fundraise through in-store drives, events, and other projects. Each year our Westlake ACE store teams partner with their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) to fundraise through in-store drives, events, and other projects. Due to our customers’ generous giving and associates’ purposeful work in 2019, we reached a new […]

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  1. Be bright and save money. Investing in LED lights now saves money in the long run because they use less energy and last longer than older incandescent sets. Available in a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors, professional-grade holiday lighting products like the Celebrations Platinum line burn five times brighter than traditional LED lights, will last up to 75,000 hours, and use up to 90 percent less energy than incandescent lights.
  2. Think beyond the string. If you want a dramatic display but would rather spend your time sipping eggnog than stringing lights, net lights, icicle lights, and cluster lights can create immediate and dramatic impact with minimal effort.
  3. 100 for 1 ½. For maximum impact, use 100 lights for very 1½ feet of tree or shrub you want to decorate. For example, a six-foot evergreen will require at least 400 to 450 lights.
  4. Go big. Think perspective and scale. Larger-sized lights are the best choice to accent a house’s roofline. Mini-sized lights should be reserved for illuminating garland, wreaths, and smaller bushes or trees.
  5. Set it, forget it, and smile. A timer is your best friend when it comes to holiday lighting. You’ve worked hard and strung the most beautiful light extravaganza on the street, so the last thing you want to remember to do is flip a switch once or twice a day. With a timer, you can relax and enjoy the festive fruits of your labor – and possibly save some electricity by setting it to shut off when the neighborhood is tucked in bed with visions of sugar plumbs dancing in their heads.
  6. Dress up the unexpected. Look for ways to dress up found and overlooked objects in your yard and garden. Mound the base of empty planters and window boxes with a string of LED lights and top with fresh evergreen branches to create a natural glowing display. String lights through garden arbors and archways. Fill lanterns with weatherproof ornaments and lights to create additional interest on the patio and near the front door.
  7. Play it safe. Use only lights, timers, and extension cords that carry an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) label and are approved for outdoor use, which means these products meet industry safety standards and that they will be waterproof. Secure all lights and cords with electrical tape, insulted holders, twist ties, or plastic zip ties; never use screws, metal hooks, nails, or tacks. If you’d rather leave the roof climbing to Jolly Old St. Nick, limit your display to first-floor windows, small trees and shrubs.

All Westlake Ace Hardware stores offer many ways to shop this season – from ordering on a handy Ace Hardware app and getting home delivery, to online ordering with free in-store and curbside pickup.

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