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#053: Celebrate National BBQ Month at your Neighborhood Barbecue Shop – ACE Hardware

Harry Schwartz – ACE Hardware in Hillcrest & Downtown San Diego Store Owner – @AceHardware @AceHillcrestHardware – San Diego, California
*Podcast recorded above the butcher shop at Valley Farm Market in Spring Valley, California.


ACE Hardware has over 5,000 locations across the globe, all independently owned and  operated by local business owners.
Harry Schwartz along with his sister Pam, own and operate the Hillcrest and Downtown ACE Hardware locations.
May is National BBQ month and ACE Hardware has embraced BBQ by throwing a nationwide ACE Hardware BBQ Fest on Saturday May 5th!
Harry shares his experiences and outlook running a business and being in business with family.
Each ACE Hardware store strives to meet the needs of their community and create a welcoming environment that is inclusive to everyone.
ACE Hardware stores give back to the local community, here in San Diego the ACE Foundation donates to Rady Children’s hospital and other local charities.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Ace Hardware Website

Downtown Ace Hardware on Yelp

Downtown Ace Hardware on Facebook

Hillcrest Ace Hardware on Yelp

Hillcrest Ace Hardware on Facebook

San Diego Egg Fest 2018

Ace Hardwood BBQ Fest


San Diego Food Bank

TGIF #DemandBiggerRibs

OgoLead Podcast with David Novak

Guy Fieri San Diego Union Tribune

Ben Higgins Mighty 1090

Hot Sauces N More

BBQWarStories Weekly Social Shout Out:

@SanDiegoGutters – Winner of a sexy new #BehindTheSmoke Mug. Be sure to tag @bbqwarstories in all your #behindthesmoke photos and interact with the podcast on social for your chance to win. Remember…if we can’t tag you then we can’t pimp you.
Shareable Quotes From This Podcast:

“Podcasting has opened up doors that we didn’t even think was possible” {1:55} – Shawn
“Being a helpful place and being a neighbor” {18:00} – Harry
“Willing to think out of the box to embrace that neighborhood feel” {23:50} – Shawn
“We should be a grilling destination for the community” {25:10} – Harry
“We want to be a resource to anyone has those aspirations and dreams” {30:35} – Shawn
“Working with family is very hard” {34:20} – Derek
“For us, it is important to share stories” {40:20} – Shawn
“We aren’t just hear to make a buck, we are here to be a part of the community” {45:50} – Harry
“Serving people is what drives me” {46:25} – Derek

Get in Touch:

Derek Marso –

Shawn Walchef –

Cory Wagner –
Behind The Smoke Media
Facebook Page Behind The Smoke (Live Videos of the Podcast Recordings)
Instagram – @bbqwarstories
Twitter @bbqwarstories

Valley Farm Market
Instagram @valleyfarmmarket
Twitter @valleyfarmarket
Facebook Page Valley Farm Market

Cali Comfort BBQ
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Twitter @calicomfort  
Facebook Page Cali Comfort BBQ
YouTube Channel Cali Comfort BBQ
Connect with Shawn P. Walchef on LinkedIn

Honorable Mentions & BBQ Business Resources:
Behind The Smoke Media BBQ Business Resources
San Diego EggFest @HotSaucesNMore  #SanDiegoEggFest

Sunday, May 6, 2018 10am-3pm
Register to be a 2018 EggFest Chef
Register to be a demo customer at San Diego’s Premier Big Green Egg Event

3rd Annual Turf & Surf BBQ Championship @DelMarRacing #BETonBBQ

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Kansas City Barbecue Society Sanctioned State Championship Event
Limited to 70 BBQ Comp Teams
Request our Sponsorship Deck:

9th Annual Spring Valley Tailgate & BBQ Festival #SVBBQFest

California’s Largest Annual Amatuer Tailgate & BBQ…

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