Maschino's Hardware at 1715 S. Campbell had a Grand Opening October 31, 1952, in the Wedgewood Shopping Center--the second shopping center in Springfield. The country was rebounding after World War II. It was an age of opportunity and optimism. Shopping centers, suburbia, all promised a better life. Springfield was poised to enter an era of well managed growth and community spirit.
E.J. Maschino and his wife, Leola, began this business in 1952 with the tag line, "Maschino's Hardware... just a step from your car". However, the origin of the Maschino name in hardware began with the establishment of Schaeffer-Maschino Hardware on Commercial Street in 1903 by George Maschino (E.J. Maschino's father) and his partner. They expanded to 410 S. Campbell in 1913. After George Maschino's death in 1931, the store was sold. However, having his own hardware store continued to be the dream of E.J. Maschino. After his marriage and 16 years as a salesperson for Coleman Lamp and Stove Company, his dream was realized. At the age of 45 the Maschino's invested every penny they had....and what they could borrow....to bring this dream to life.
Management of the business was assumed by daughter Nancy and her husband, Gary Brown, following the death of Mr. Maschino in 1972. In the ensuing years, the product mix and space has responded to a changing marketplace with changing customer needs. The initial hardware store products grew to include fireplace screens and wood stoves. As a counter to the fireplace/wood stove business, Maschino's added patio furniture. The initial housewares section grew to an upper end housewares and china selection. This product mix allowed Maschino's to be THE bridal registry store in the region. At one time, Maschino's Bridal Registry had 157 brides registered with 5 employees dedicated to the Bridal Registry service. Early in 1987 the hardware and basic housewares business was sold to Glen Block True Value Hardware. Maschino's product mix then expanded to include casual indoor furniture, along with the patio furniture, fireplace accessories, gifts, and bridal registry items all ready being carried. This resulted in the renaming of the business. Maschino's Hardware became Maschino's Home Expressions and now simply Maschino's.
Today, Maschino's is a regional store specializing in outdoor living products and fireplace and wood stoves. In 2003, Maschino's celebrated 100 years of business and began its second century of service in Springfield. For over one hundred years Maschino's has built its reputation on quality products and knowledgable service. Maschino's has and will offer quality products that last and knowledge that saves.