Robin Bradford (above) and her partner, Karen Dibblee, are learning the nuts and bolts of the hardware industry at their Bolinas store. David Briggs

Take a large departmental hardware store, say a Home Depot, and condense it by a fraction of 20, all while retaining nearly commensurate variety and adding prodigious quantities of down-home charm, and the result will be something akin to Bolinas Bay Lumber and Landscape, the new, independently owned hardware and general store located downtown, in the site of . . .

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