Kellogg’s & Lawrence has been a staple of Katonah life since Henry W. Kellogg purchased the hardware business in 1887. When Bart and Diana Tyler purchased the store in 1996, the store’s name and reputation for friendly service remained, and so did a Kellogg. In fact, you can still see Jeffrey Kellogg at the store today.
When the Tylers took over, the store carried all of the essentials: tools, paint and hardware, but customers began asking for more. There were requests for gift items, wind chimes, curtain rods, pretty pots, and nice gloves, to name a few. Instead of sending customers elsewhere, they chose to expand their inventory, and between the gift items, clothing shop, children’s toys, outdoor equipment and fireplace doors, they’ve successfully filled every square inch of space available. But one of Diana’s most memorable requests occurred many years ago.
“A sweet old customer came into the store and asked me if she could see the toolboxes,” Diana recalls. “I immediately showed her the four we had, but she shook her head – those weren’t quite right. So I took her through the store and showed her other types of boxy things – an electrical toolbox, a carpenters toolbox, etc. No, these weren’t what she needed, either.
“After about 15 minutes of judging them all, she finally spilled the beans and explained what she wanted it for,” Diana continued. “Her cat died during the winter, and she had wrapped him up like long a long tube and put him back of her large freezer. Now, she wanted to bury him in a box in the ground. But, because her cat was frozen to the length of 37 inches, she didn’t want to break off part of the tail to make him fit, nor did she want to defrost him! Eventually, she settled on an under-the-bed storage box that measured 37” across, and she left the store happy!”