A peculiar place to purchase pickles

It was like Christmas and Easter wrapped into one
By Dick Van Hollebeke | Mar 14, 2013
Photo by: Pat Ratliff Dick Van Hollebeke gets a jar of his new favorite pickles from Fred McKelvey, one of two managers at Edmonds Hardware and Paint

I’m in a real pickle.  Well, that’s not exactly accurate.  I’ll start at the beginning.  The number one rule at our house is “shop Edmonds.”

Now I don’t claim to be a connoisseur, but I do know where to shop when I need expert guidance in areas of fine cuisine.

For example, if guests are coming and I want that special wine with our meal, I will always head down to Arista Wines and I know that David, Ruth and their fine staff will point me in the right direction and help me choose just the right wine to go with our dinner.

In like manner, when the occasion calls for an exquisite cheese to go with the wine, I go straight to the Cheese Monger’s Table and Strom Peterson will skillfully direct me to a variety of cheeses that will impress our friends and have them asking where we found such wonderful treats.

If it’s birthday presents for our grandkids, great-grandkids, or little munchkin friends, Teri’s Toybox is the ideal place for just the right gift.

But this is why I’m in a pickle.  Where do I find one of my personal favorite treats: a good dill pickle?

Oh, yes, my friends.  There is a difference.  Now, sadly, with Petosa’s grocery no longer open, I would head up the hill to QFC to get a big jar of Kroger Whole Kosher Dills.

They are a good value at $3.50 for a large jar.

Then, when Bill the Butcher finally opened, I found to my delight they had big jars of “Kosher Dill Spears.”

They were not whole dills, mind you, but they were tasty and still had that wonderful crunch that is a fundamental requirement of any good pickle.

Now, anyone who knows me, knows I am a “sawdust” guy.  When the original Edmonds Hardware left town, I was sad.  Then Ace Hardware came to Old Milltown, and I was happy.

That was a godsend to a guy like me.  What Nama’s Candy is to my wife, a hardware store in downtown Edmonds is to me.  Imagine how I felt when we lost that store, too!

But here comes the happy ending.  Imagine how happy I was to see the new Edmonds Hardware and Paint open their doors in the same location above Old Milltown.

When I joyfully walked into this store for the first time, two friendly guys asked if they can help me find anything.

But I barely heard those words when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a display rack of pickles!  Pickles in my hardware store?  It was like Christmas and Easter wrapped into one.

“You have pickles?” I gasped.

“We sure do, and they are good,” replied my new best friend.

That day I left the store with a tub of spackle to repair the ceiling and a big jar of TRU Whole Kosher Dills.

These are exquisitely good pickles.  The ingredients: fresh cucumber, water, vinegar, salt, garlic, peppers, grape leaf, and dill seeds.

So, the next time you drop in to our friendly Edmonds Hardware and Paint, tell them Dick Van sent you for the best dill pickles in town.

Think how fun it will be to tell your guests where you got ‘em.


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