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Trade Centre

Acrylic, mixed media and ink on birch cradleboard

15 ¾ x 11 ¾ ”

Hat Hardware once occupied the building where the present King of Trade business stands on third street. Hat Hardware was owned and operated by Harry Veiner from 1952-1987.

Boy, do I remember Harry Veiner. He was especially good to our family. Since my dad was a contractor, he had numerous odd jobs for him to do in and around Medicine Hat. We visited this store often and I remember open shelves stacked with a treasure trove of goods for sale; especially a selection of open-stock, Hycroft dishes. Harry sat on a raised landing in the back of the store. When I entered the store, he would call me to the landing and give me a red rose. It made me feel very grown-up and special walking home to have my rose in hand.

Historical Information courtesy of the Esplanade Archives