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A narrow aisle lined with floor to ceiling shelves and bins full of small parts and plumbing fixtures in an old locally owned shop in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne, Indiana.


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Virgil's Plumbing Fixture Archives

This narrow aisle is a dusty museum of ancient plumbing fixtures and parts. There are two of these aisles along one side of the retail floor at Waynedale Plumbing Supply. They're so narrow that it would be hard for anyone who was not as thin as the old man who owns the place to get in there.

When I was there, a customer came in with an old valve that was worn out. It dated from the 1960s, and no one makes a replacement that would fit. Virgil thought he had one, and went digging through the bins. It turned out that he didn't have one, but he recognized the part and it is something that he used to sell!

This little store on Lower Huntington Road in the Waynedale area of Fort Wayne looks like a place frozen in time. The owner, Virgil Hoke, told me that he and his now-deceased brother, Homer, opened it in 1950! The place is filled with ancient plumbing parts that have sat on the shelves for decades.





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