6-year-old Travis whacks at his birthday Pinata with all his friends upstairs at Trustworthy Hardware in Soldotna.
Ask any six-year-old their favorite place to have their birthday party and odds are pretty good one of the last places you’d expect them to choose is the Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware store. That is unless you’re Ricky and Tessa Lindley of Kenai and your youngest son is Travis, “It was time to start planning his birthday so I asked him while coming back from Anchorage where he’d like to have his birthday, the Alaska Zoo, the Anchorage Water Park, Chuck-E-Cheese, and he gave me this incredulous look like duhh Mom, Trustworthy of course,” Tessa Lindley told a reporter who was called out to cover the unique event. According to Tessa her son has totally loved fishing since he was three and has wanted to go to Trustworthy any chance he can even long before the new store opened on Kobuk Street.
When Travis was asked why he wanted to have his birthday party at the hardware store he exclaimed, “It’s my favorite store, all the people here like me!” The owners of the Soldotna Trustworthy Hardware Paul and his sons Brian and Scott Miller, sponsor many community activities like ice fishing derbies and little league baseball and have had a lot of unusual requests over the years, but Scott had to admit that this was the first birthday party they’d hosted, “Travis is one of our biggest and best customers. He’s in here almost every day after school and he’s just become part of the store so we were happy to have his party here and be part of his special day,” said Scott Miller. Miller added that they didn’t have any immediate plans however to turn the warehouse into a birthday party room or get a mascot suit.
Travis’s special party included a piata that seemed to have been engineered in Germany, after repeated whacks from all 15 guests the fish shaped piata refused to give up its goodies. The practical side of having a birthday party at a hardware store, Miller was swiftly able to render a heavier, superior fish whacking club for Travis and soon the candy was flying around the upstairs warehouse, giving everyone a great time and a totally unique birthday party.
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