Handy Hardware, Williamson County’s oldest continuously operating hardware store, will host a MoonPie open house, Friday, Sept. 16, 4-6 p.m. and 45-year anniversary celebration at their 731 Columbia Avenue location.

The store is home to the first MoonPie store-within-a-store in anticipation of Chattanooga Bakery Company’s 100-year anniversary of making MoonPies next year. Handy Hardware is test marketing the concept for MoonPie Direct – the sales arm of the bakery.

On Sept. 16 guests will be treated to a multitude of flavors of the tasty treats, including the stand-by chocolate, vanilla, banana, strawberry and the newest flavor salted caramel. Visors can check out the vintage style candy and toy merchandise and browse the MoonPie wares that include logo T-shirts, mugs, travel cups, lapel pins and bottle openers to name a few.

Handy Hardware will also have cold RC Cola, Sun Drop or Coca-Cola for those who prefer to accompany their MoonPie.

The old-time hardware store also boasts and general store feel with a comprehensive selection of Lodge cast iron cookware and Claey’s candy, including Horehound, Lemon Drop, Sassafras and other flavors as well as actual hardware equipment.

Established in 1971 by local businessmen including Dr. Joseph Willoughby, Calvin LeHew, Ronald Ligon and others, the store remains under management by Andy and Donna Willoughby.

Store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 615-794-1471 for more  information.

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