READ GINA’S NEW BOOK
Discover how a female-owned hardware business changed the path for people in recovery and helped transform a community.
Once a lively hub of industry and entertainment, Washington, DC’s, Logan Circle crumbled in the aftermath of the 1968 riots. Decades of neglect led to boarded-up buildings, overgrown and littered sidewalks, and widespread drug use and addiction.
Laid off again and tired of the tech industry, Gina Schaefer needed a fresh start. Determined to bring her neighborhood back to life, Gina opened her first hardware store near Whitman-Walker’s Addiction Services program. What began as an effort to help her community recover evolved into a safe space for countless people in recovery to rebuild their lives.
Recovery Hardware shares the powerful true story of A Few Cool Hardware Stores’ CEO Gina Schaefer’s path to building an innovative business that revitalized her urban community and provided opportunities for everyone to thrive, no matter their past.
Unexpected, heartwarming, and sometimes heart-wrenching lessons from resilient employees who struggled with substance abuse.
Surprising business ethics and customer-service skills from unconventional backgrounds that you won’t find on a résumé.
How to put bravery, empathy, and trust into the backbone of your workplace culture.
Humorous insights into retail store ownership, like how to choose the right store dog or not screw up inventory.
Workforce solutions to remove obstacles for people in recovery—because you can’t judge anyone by the best or worst thing they’ve ever done.
Second chances transform communities and change lives—and they often start with one business at a time. Get Recovery Hardware and start building a better business where growth gives back.
Presale Available Soon!
Join Gina and learn more about Recovery Hardware.
Pre-launch Book Reading
August 20 · 12-2pm
Join Gina in her hometown library
700 Lincoln Ave., Louisville, OH 44641
The Book Launch!
September 13 · 5:30-7:30 PM
Gina will be selling and signing books and will donate the proceeds to WWAS.
Hosted by Michael Moore, Daren Thomas, & Schroeder Stribling—Alumni of Whitman-Walker Addiction Services (WWAS)
Whitman-Walker at LIZ
The Corner · 1701 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Crazy Aunt Helens Book Signing and Brunch
September 17 · 1-3pm
Join Gina at Crazy Aunt Helens
Brunch 1pm · Book Signing 2pm
713 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
National Cooperative Bank
Private signing and reading. Not open to the public.
Red Emma’s Book Signing
Join Gina at Red Emma’s
3128 Greenmount Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21218
About the Author
CEO and Co-Founder, A Few Cool Hardware Stores
Gina Schaefer is the founder and CEO of over a dozen hardware stores in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and the surrounding areas. As a member of the Ace Hardware Cooperative, Gina leads a multimillion-dollar business that employs more than 250 people and has begun a transfer of ownership through an ESOP to her teammates. Her big passion lies in developing urban markets, supporting small businesses, and helping women to succeed in all aspects of the hardware industry.
Recovery Hardware is all about taking that leap of faith in others. Gina Schaefer has kicked down doors in a field long dominated by men, so she can share a new way of doing business. She turns the spotlight on trusting those in recovery, to take a company beyond just numbers.
Chairman and Co-founder, Glassdoor
Gina shares stories of resiliency that should resonate with so many people. As a business leader who has created a workplace of hope and stability, she ensures that people can believe in and live up to their full potential.
Kara Teeple, MSW
CEO/Non-Profit Leader, Lawrence Hall
If you’ve never thought to look in the plumbing aisle or gardening department for stories of redemption and the healing power of connection, this book will forever change your sense of what locally owned, brick-and-mortar businesses do for their communities.
Author of The Big Box Swindle and Co-Executive Director, ILSR
Gina Schaefer is the quintessential social entrepreneur. Through her unrelenting drive and passion for social justice and equitable business practices she has founded an enviable business model: one that does well while doing good.
Founder and CEO, Busboys and Poets
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