My grandfather, Abe, opened Weiss Hardware at 169 Bowery in 1920. He was joined in the business by his brothers, Sam and Joe Weiss. Abe gave employment to all his relatives - those who were immigrating to this country, as well as teenagers and young adults who needed a job. The brothers' mother Hannah kept an eye on everyone from her perch at the cash register. Later, Abe opened a hardware manufacturing facility in Bush Terminal Brooklyn and his son Bert (my father) ran the factory. The store on the Bowery closed in 1995, but continued to operate through the factory in Brooklyn. Ken Weiss (my brother) took over the factory in 2000. After a long and distinguished run, the factory closed in 2014. Almost 100 years in business!