Sunshine Ace Hardware welcomed the community to its Ace Celebrates 100 Party, a signature event celebrating parent company Ace Hardware’s 100th anniversary.

Held June 29 at Sunshine Ace Hardware in Bonita Springs, the anniversary bash had an Old Florida Roaring ‘20s theme. The party featured curated decor characterizing a community celebration from 1924, including a private collection of antique automobiles, Prohibition-era barrels and retail associates sporting 100-year retro Ace logo T-shirts along with fedoras or flappers’ headgear.

Guests at Ace Celebrates 100 enjoyed grilled oysters Rockefeller, pulled pork tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, pineapple upside-down cake, cupcakes and a Loud Mouth barbecue sauce sampling station, as well as a YETI Drink Bar featuring lemonade, sodas and water. Activities included YETI pong, cornhole, Jenga, Connect 4 and a pop-up Exotic Animal Encounter from Wonder Gardens that offered meet-and-greets with animal ambassadors. Guests also enjoyed photo booths near the antique automobiles and Florida swamp buggies.

DIYers and contractors enjoyed exclusive “Deals of the Century” and had opportunities to browse new products and interact with vendors representing Big Green Egg, Traeger, Weber, Benjamin Moore, DeWalt, STIHL, Diablo, Scott’s, Milwaukee and Craftsman, all while listening to live music from local favorite Gator Nate. Big Green Egg Foodie Chef Shannon Morgan also offered product demonstrations, grilling tips and samples.

“Although Sunshine Ace Hardware didn’t get its start until 1958, we wanted to celebrate Ace Hardware’s founding in 1924 because Ace is the preferred hardware store for so many Southwest Floridians – those born and raised here as well as residents who moved here from other parts of the country,” said Michael Wynn, president of Sunshine Ace Hardware. “It’s amazing to think Ace Hardware got its start after five independent store owners decided to pool their buying power, and today the company has more than 5,900 stores in 60 countries. We were also honored that Ace Hardware’s national office joined us at our event with a film crew and chose Sunshine Ace Hardware as one of the four stores in the United States to cover this exciting event.”

In addition to the Ace Celebrates 100 Party in Bonita Springs, Sunshine Ace Hardware stores across Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties, as well as Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware stores in Manatee County, hosted 100th Anniversary Block Parties featuring complimentary grilled food and cold drinks.

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