For 60 years, Boulder’s McGuckin Hardware has defied naysayers, fended off online mega-retailers, and kept true to the community values held by founder Llewellyn Commodore “Bill” McGuckin, Dave and Dee McGuckin Hight, and now, their sons and grandchildren.
“The McGuckin Way” (pay fair wages, treat everyone with respect; give the customer what he wants, and more) has become the guide for running an independent local business in the 21st century.
It’s a great story, and now it’s a great book. “Behind the Green Vest” delves into the McGuckin story, from 18th-century immigrant builders, farmers and merchants, to the store’s proud role in putting satellites in high-earth orbit. It tells the story of how McGuckin Hardware barely survived its first decade, but emerged triumphant. And it’s a love story, of sorts, between a business and a community. Purchase your limited edition copy of “Behind the Green Vest” for $27.95 online at or at these locations: Daily Camera, 5450 Western Ave., Boulder; Times-Call, 1860 Industrial Circle, Suite E, Longmont; McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; and Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
“Behind the Green Vest” was created by our custom publishing division. Call  303.473.1400 to learn more.