Story by Liesel Schmidt
As manager of Village Hardware since August of 2021, Angie Headd is part of a brand that has served the needs of the Alexandria community for decades. Although the once family-owned company was bought by New England-based Aubuchon (WEA Inc.), the store still has that locally-owned feel. Village Hardware is like a family, and Headd dedicates herself to her team and her customers. “The most important part of my job is making sure that my team has what they need to do their jobs,” she says. “That includes training, product knowledge and an ability to assist our customers. Also important is overseeing inventory to make sure that the product we carry is always available, and if someone needs what we don't carry, that I find a way to get it. Most important is teaching the young women working for Village Hardware that they can do anything they set their mind to and excel at it.”
As part of the Alexandria community, Headd feels a particular duty to serve the people. “I feel I make a difference by being here for our community for everything they need and being attentive to what they want,” she says. “Also by supporting youth sports and foundations through monetary and product donations and supporting other local businesses in our area.”
“I’m inspired going to work every day and seeing the smiles on my team’s faces, knowing they are happy and enjoy coming to work. I love helping our customers find what they need and helping them learn how to fix something they didn't think they could. When a customer says, ‘You probably won't have this,' I can say, 'We do!' and I love that! Knowing we are here for the community to help them in any way we can is something else that keeps me passionate. It’s hard not to be passionate when you love what you do."
For Headd, heart health is a very personal issue. “The GO RED movement is important to me because my step-mom went years without being properly diagnosed with heart disease,” she says. “She was 49-years-old when we found out that, without a transplant, we would lose her. Thankfully, we had her with us for a number of years. It is so important for women to get a regular checkup—not only for themselves, but also for their loved ones.”
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