Farm & Home: Many stores under one roof
By Mark Sherry
Mark Sherry photo
Farm & Home is now the region’s largest Valspar paint and stain dealer. Among the employees ready to assist customers in picking out and mixing paint colors are (front, from left) Donna Pingel, Debbie Geiser and Vicki Spresser, and (back) Farm & Home co-owner Kim McKeen.

There is a new electronics store in Chilton.

There is also a new cellphone store in the community. And a new hardware store, a new dollar store, a new paint store, a new pet store, a new rental center, a new flower/plant shop, a new U-Haul rental center, and a new framing shop.

Right about now, readers are asking themselves, “Where are all these new stores? Is Chilton booming that much?”

Actually, all those stores are under one roof—it’s Farm & Home, located in the Northside Shopping Center. And while Farm & Home is hardly new to the community, it is continually changing, updating and reinventing itself to best serve its customers.

Co-owner Kim McKeen said, “We’ve got a lot behind us—everything except clothing and food, and those items are in the Shopping Center.”

Farm & Home has so much under one roof that people—even longtime Chilton residents—often forget all that it has to offer. McKeen has plenty of stories of local residents who searched far and wide for certain items only to rediscover that they were, in essence, right in their backyard the whole while. Time is money, and rather than wasting both—not to mention a tank of gas—McKeen always encourages local residents to check out what Farm & Home has to offer before they waste a trip elsewhere.

More than meets the eye

And what Farm & Home has to offer is more than meets the eye. Supplying the hardware store portion of the business is Do it Best, one of the largest worldwide suppliers of hardware with approximately 67,000 items available online and in its warehouse. With Do it Best shipments arriving every Tuesday and Friday at Farm & Home, customers can order anything Do it Best sells and have it in Chilton within a few days without any shipping costs. The order can be done on the customer’s personal computer, at the Farm & Home store, or even with a phone call to Farm & Home. “It’s local shopping online,” McKeen said.

One of the biggest changes under the

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